If you are like a lot of home owners, your garage door is probably something you do not spend much time thinking about. Therefore, you may not be thinking about what you should be doing to ensure that your garage door continues to function safely. Here are some things that you may not being doing that could prolong the life of your garage door.
Checking for Strange Noises
If you're like most people, you are listening to music or otherwise distracted when you open and close your garage door on the way in and out of your house. However, not noticing scraping or grinding noises can mean that the problems causing the noise--loose hardware, parts that need to be lubricated, and worn rollers, among other things--will only get worse.
Every now and then, make sure that you open and shut your garage door specifically to listen for any noise. You may be able to notice and take care of problems before they cause your door to stop working.
Not Replacing Old Weather Strips
The rubber weather strip that is at the bottom of your garage door can become cracked or worn over time. You may not think too much about this if your door is still opening and closing, but worn weatherstripping can lead to some undesirable problems. For instance, snow and water can seep in under your door. Insects and small rodents may be able to slip underneath the door and set up a warm home in your garage.
Instead, make sure you head to your local home improvement store and buy new weather stripping that you can cut and slide into the groove on the bottom of your garage door.
Forgetting to Maintain the Door Itself
Even if your door continues to open and close, that doesn't mean your work with your garage door is done. You also need to take care of the actual door itself. Look for signs of water damage, rotting, holes, cracks and peeling paint. If you have a steel garage door, you may also need to look for rust spots.
A good way to remember to check your door is to wash the door at the same time you wash your car. Getting into that kind of routine will help you remember to keep the garage door in your mind.
Now that you know what you aren't doing to protect your garage door, you can change your behavior. If you see signs of a problem and think you may need to have your door repaired, get in touch with a contractor who can diagnose and repair the problem quickly.