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DIY Maintenance for Wood and Metal Garage Doors

Your garage door is an important part of your home, and it should be kept in tip-top shape. Both your garage door and its electric opener need to be checked regularly to ensure that they continue to operate safely and efficiently. Use this short guide compiled by the team at Winser Doors in Cambridge to get the best performance out of your wooden or steel garage door.

Wood Garage Doors

  1. Keep painted.
  2. Replace rotted sections. Waterlogged doors are out of balance, dangerous and add wear and tear to operators and hardware.
  3. Use weather-strip manufactured for this purpose. Proper, flexible weather-strip produces a better seal and reduces wear and tear on hardware components and opener gear reduction
  4. Pick up some lubricant for the moving components at Winser Doors.

Metal Garage Doors

  1. Touch up surface scratches as they occur to prevent corrosion.
  2. Use weather-strip manufactured for this purpose. Proper, flexible weather-strip produces a better seal and reduces wear and tear on hardware components and opener gear reduction.
  3. Pick up some lubricant for the moving components at Winser Doors.

Garage Door Hardware

  1. Lubricate moving parts with an APPROVED lubricant available at Winser Doors.
  2. Test door balance by disconnecting electrical operator and testing according to manufacturer’s instructions. A well-engineered door, properly adjusted, should operate with two fingers.
  3. Please do not attempt to adjust your garage door’s balance. Remember… with or without an electric opener, garage doors contain springs and other elements which are kept under severe spring tension. Such devices, if not treated with proper respect, can cause serious injury, entrapment and even death.

Garage Door Opener Safety Tips

Garage door openers have proven to be convenient, back-saving devices, something many homeowners wouldn’t want to be without and advances in technology have made them extremely safe under normal operating conditions. However, a garage door system is often the largest moving object on your home; your garage door opener must be respected as an integral part of the “mechanics” of the door. Here are some important safety tips to remember for both manually and electrically operated doors…

  • Remove pull down ropes from electrically operated doors and disable manual locks. Never allow children to operate a radio remote control. They are not toys!
  • Do not stand under a door or walk through a doorway while a door is moving.
  • Perform monthly inspections of your garage door systems, carefully following the manufacturer's instructions. Check the automatic reversing function monthly on doors with electric openers.
  • Inspect all garage doors and their hardware monthly. Check for worn or broken parts and check them to see if they are out of adjustment or unbalanced.
  • Use the lift handle when manually operating a garage door. Take care not to place fingers into section joints or serious injury could occur.
  • Do not try to adjust or repair your garage door system without proper training, product expertise and tools. Contact a professional, contact Winser Doors!

Winser Doors

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Cambridge, ON N3H 4R7

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