Home garage doors – perhaps something many homeowners take for granted and are guilty of neglecting. The truth is, the maintenance of your wooden garage doors should be a priority- not only do they protect precious possessions such as our cars, bicycles and other appliances but also add to the curb appeal of your home. Replacing your garage door is not a cheap endeavour, instead, think thousands of Rands! That’s why it’s worth far more to prioritise your wooden garage door maintenance, before it’s too late…
Garage door maintenance tips
One of the most popular types of garage doors for most South African home owners is made from wood, primarily sectional timber. However, whatever species of wood your garage door is made of, garage door maintenance needs to be prioritised in order to avoid warping, cracking and rotting.
- Wood rot maintenance
Wood rot is one of the most common ailments most wooden garage doors suffer from. The wood begins to turn black and will eventually disintegrate where moisture has penetrated the wood. The best garage door repair for wood rot is to sand down the affected area and apply a wood restoring treatment which can be found at most hardwares of building stores. Alternatively, you may need to fill in sections of wood rot areas with epoxy putty after sanding, building up the area again, and then apply the wood treatment. After the sanding and treatment, coat your garage door with an exterior sealer matched to your region.
- Cracking and fading maintenance
This is generally caused by exposure to the sun and its UV rays, as well as a very dry climate. The best maintenance tip in order to avoid cracking and fading is to apply an exterior sealer product to the wood at least every 6 months – once a year. If your door is already cracked and faded, it will also need to be sanded with either a sander, fine steel wool or mineral turpentine. The entire door must be sanded to remove any trace of previous of varnish, then the sealer must be applied. If the wood is terribly faded or bleached, you can apply a tinted sealer which will add colour back to the wood. Ensure that your wood sealer is adequate for your region i.e. if you live in a coastal climate, ensure your sealer is salt spray resistant.
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