Over time, garage doors undergo wear and tear and can present issues such as not wanting to open, refusing to lock, becoming jammed, fading and warping. There are keys ways to avoid this with proper maintenance and knowledge on how to repair certain issues. If your garage door requires the attention of an expert, Bishop Barriers offers professional garage door repairs throughout Durban!
Some simple solutions to common garage door ailments include:
- If you hear a tick, it’s time to tighten up the hardware
On average a garage door moves up and down more than 1000 times a year! All this movement and vibration can loosen hardware, so if you start to hear ticking or scraping, examine the roller brackets and bolts and tighten them up with a socket wrench.
- Your garage door is out of balance
If your garage door is not properly balanced, the door opener will have to work that much harder. To test its balance, disconnect the opener by pulling the release handle (usually a red cord), then manually move the door halfway up. If the door doesn’t stay up, the springs are improperly balanced. In this case, it’s best to call in the professionals!
- Your garage door is jammed
It’s time to inspect and replace your rollers. Whether they are steel or nylon rollers, they must be replaced twice a year on average. Worn or cracked rollers must be replaced immediately by removing and re-installing roller brackets that aren’t directly attached to the cable system of your door.
- Rain keeps creeping in
It may be time to replace the weatherstripping on the bottom of your garage door. Over time this seal can become worn, brittle and cracked, allowing water to get into your garage. Weatherstripping can be found at most hardwares or home stores and is sold by the metre. Merely cut it to size and insert into the grooves with the wide angle of the flange inside the door.
- Your garage door doesn’t sound happy
There’s nothing worse than a screeching garage door to announce your arrival home! Keep your garage door parts well lubricated over time and it will last that much longer. Use white lithium grease on the garage door opener chain and spray lubricant on the overhead springs.
- Frayed or damaged cables
This may a job for the professionals – but if you notice your garage door has broken strands in the cables near the bottom roller bracket, it may be time to replace these cables. A faulty garage door has enough force to cause serious damage and even kill a person caught in its path, so it’s best to check your cables regularly.
If you’re looking for expert garage door maintenance in Durban or a top quality garage door supplier – give Bishop Barriers a call on: 084 835 6899