In a 2019 survey, Brampton was tagged as one of the best places to live not just in the Greater Toronto Area but in all of Canada.
However, it is also known for its bad traffic and the crime rate has gone up in the last 3 years.
And let’s not forget the extreme cold of winter in beautiful Canada!
One of the best ways to keep you home safe and secure is to ensure that your garage doors are strong and well-maintained.
So, how do you maintain your garage door so that you can increase its life and ensure your home’s safety? Here are some tips.
The first thing you should do is always observe your garage door whenever you use it.
Check if it still rises and goes down smoothly.
Is it still silent, or are there now some grinding or scraping noises? Does the garage door look symmetrical as it comes down or is it looking lop-sided?
Check the Hardware
On average a garage door is opened and closed about a thousand times a year.
So much of movement can loosen up the hardware.
So, a simple home maintenance that you can take care of is check all the roller brackets as well as bolts regularly. Then, if they are a little loose, you can tighten them yourself using a socket wrench.
Another thing that you can do is lubricate the moving parts of your garage door regularly.
Check the Balance of the Garage Door
When a garage door is imbalanced, there is more pressure on the opener to work, which means that it wears out faster.
So, you can check the balance of your garage door yourself.
You first need to disconnect the garage door opener by pulling on the release handle, which is usually a red cord.
Then you physically raise the garage about half-way up. If the door doesn’t stay up, it means that the springs in the counterweight system are not balanced.
Please do not try to adjust the springs yourself.
It is very dangerous and this is where you need to call in professionals for garage door repair in Brampton.
Inspect the Rollers
Your garage door rollers need to be inspected at least two times a year and replaced every 7 years, maybe even sooner if you open and close your garage door multiple times in a day.
If you notice that the rollers are getting cracked or chipped, then you need to replace them immediately.
It is best to call in a garage door repair professional to do the job.
Check the Garage Door
This is another easy thing you can do on your own.
You should regularly check your garage door for any damage, scratches, or other wear and tear. If the paint is wearing off, or if there are some minor scratches, and you are skilled enough with this kind of work, then you can do the touch-ups yourself.
However, if there is some serious damage, then it is best to call in a garage door repair company to take care of the work for you.
Other Things You Need to Check
The other things you need to keep an eye on are the weatherstripping, the cables, the auto-reverse safety features, the tracks and so on.
You can replace the weatherstripping yourself if you have to, and you can clean the tracks regularly to keep it debris-free, but if there is an issue with any of the other parts, then you need to call in a garage door repair professional from Brampton or anywhere in the GTA.
Garage Door Repairs tips, recommendations and frequently asked questions
Why does my garage door opener light bulb keep dying?
First, check for any shaking of the garage door during operation. Usually, excessive vibration can cause the filament in your opener's bulb to prematurely expire.
One garage spring broke. I have 2, should I replace both?
Garage door springs should ALWAYS be replaced as a set. The reason is once one spring breaks, the other one is probably not far behind, especially considering how springs weaken over time. Combining a new spring with an older one will likely cause an imbalance in your garage door's operation. If you own 2 separate garage doors and only one spring has broken, it's strongly recommended to replace the springs on each door if their springs are around the same age. Depending on your door's position, when a spring breaks it can cause serious injury as well as damage your opener.
Does my garage door require maintenance?
Yes. How often you will require garage door maintenance all depends on how much the door is being used. Generally, we perform the following to ensure your garage door is working properly and tuned up: We do a visual inspection of all the moving parts. We ensure the tracks; rollers and hinges are clean and lubricated properly. We make sure all nuts and bolts are tight and clean. We manually run the operator and door through a cycle to make sure it is running quietly and smoothly. Also, We check the door balance at various opening heights. If the garage door passes all these test, congratulations, you do not need a tune-up.
Can I use the old tracks for a new garage door?
Using old garage door tracks with a new garage door is quite dangerous. Surprisingly or not, many home and business owners try to reduce costs on a new garage door installation by reusing their old garage door track with new panels. While this might reduce the cost, the new door can get damaged faster than normal and derail.
How hard is it really to replace a garage door?
Installing a garage door isn't as simple as installing a regular door. More so, installing it incorrectly can be dangerous. You should call a professional garage door technician.
How long does it take to change a garage door?
if done properly, roughly 3 to 4 hours.