Looking for a long-lasting garage door? Here are some easy ways to prolong lifespan - Southern Doors

Looking for a long-lasting garage door? Here are some easy ways to prolong lifespan


Keeping your garage doors in its best condition requires some work but making time to complete maintenance means you can enjoy a long-lasting door, with minimal effort over time. We’ve got some simple tips to prolong the lifespan of your garage doors.

Give them a look over regularly

A visual inspection is a great place to start with your maintenance. Have a look at the components including the arms, cables, springs, rollers and hinges. If you spot any wear and tear, it’s best to get this sorted out by a garage door specialist as soon as possible to prevent any serious damage to your door.  

Keep the parts oiled

This basic maintenance task will ensure your door runs smoothly as well as stopping any annoying squeaks and creaks. Oiling the moving parts such as the hinges, pivots points and the rollers even just twice a year with a quality spray lubricant, will add years onto the lifespan of your garage door.

Keep it clean

No matter the material of your door, clean it regularly with warm water and a sponge to prevent dirt from building up and casing damage. It also keeps it looking it’s best! If you have a steel door, this is also an opportunity to keep an eye out for any spots of rust forming. Any rust spots should be sanded down, primed, and painted over. Wooden doors can suffer from chipped paint due to water damage or warping, so if you spot this while cleaning, sand it down and repaint over the chips.

Test the door balance

If your garage door isn’t balanced properly, the door opening mechanism will be put under more strain and it won’t last as long as it should. The springs should balance it well enough that it lifts with only a few pounds of force. You can test this by manually opening the door halfway. When halfway open, it should stay in place without you needing to hold it there. If it doesn’t remain in this place on its own, then it’s improperly balanced and will be wearing out the springs. This is another case where a garage door professional should be your first call.

Garage door maintenance, servicing and repairs

No one wants their garage door to stop working prematurely. At Eastern Garage Doors, we provide garage door maintenance services to keep your door in its ideal condition for years to come. Get in touch with us today to book maintenance that ensures your garage door operates and looks how it should.

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