Got An Older Garage Door But Don't Want To Replace It? 2 Tips To Improve The One You Have
If you have an older garage door but it is not in your budget to replace it right now, there are things you can do to improve it. This will help your garage door last longer to give you time to save for a new one. Below are two tips on how you can do this to help you get started.
Repair the Garage Door
Even if you have small problems with your door, such as it closes and/or opens slower than it used to or it is louder than normal, you should repair them. Over time, the chain and cables that the door uses when opening and closing can wear out and you may even see deterioration in different areas.
The torsion springs can also wear out and if not repaired they could break completely, which would be dangerous to you, as the door would immediately close very quickly and could harm someone or something in its way. The track can come out of alignment over time and if this is the case it is also dangerous for you and your family.
These problems can be prevented if you do proper garage door maintenance. If you have problems, getting them taken care of now will prevent them from getting much worse.
Clean or Paint the Garage Door
You may not like the aesthetics of your garage door anymore since it is older. To take care of this problem a good cleaning may be all that is needed. Cleaning the garage door will also help it last longer as it will prevent deterioration on the door itself.
Purchase a cleanser/degreaser at a home improvement store. First, wet down the garage door with a hose to remove any loose dirt. Spray the cleanser on the heavy soiled or greasy areas and then wipe clean. If you have problems getting anything off, you can use a non-abrasive scrubbing pad or soft bristle brush to loosen the grease or soil. When finished, rinse the garage door with a garden hose to remove all cleanser. You can use a clean, microfiber cloth to wipe the garage door down to give it shine.
If your garage door has stains that you cannot remove or the paint is faded, you can paint the garage door. This will completely transform the door and the paint will help protect the surface.
Contact a garage door repair contractor such as Durbin Garage Doors LLC to take care of any problems you are having. This will ensure the door is fixed properly. The contractor can also give you some maintenance tips that you can do in the future.