THE MAINTENANCE OF THE GARAGE DOOR, A FUNDAMENTAL TASK
Whether you live in a detached house or in a community of neighbors, good maintenance of the garage door should be a priority, both to avoid breakdowns and to avoid accidents.
The boiler, electrical installation, heating, plumbing and even windows and shutters. There are many aspects of our homes and offices that we subject to periodic reviews with two main objectives: to avoid breakdowns and ensure that they work optimally.
The same does not happen, however, with the garage door, which on occasions is the great one forgotten in the renovation and maintenance tasks. A good set-up and proper care will depend on the useful life of our garage door and the problems we may have with it.
WHY DO A GOOD MAINTENANCE OF THE GARAGE DOOR
Whether in offices, neighborhood communities or single-family homes, the garage door accumulates hours of activity each year. This affects the good condition of the door and can cause several problems. On the one hand there are the purely technical: a poorly maintained door can work wrongly , squeak if it is not well oiled, hooked if the gears and mechanisms of rise and displacement have not been checked or even not operated if the remote control system it is broken. It is estimated that good maintenance prevents up to 80% of these problems. But in addition there is another important aspect that we will avoid with a good maintenance: the accidents, with doors that fall or close before time.
WHEN THE GARAGE DOORS ARE CHECKED
The installer of the door of your garage will surely have periodic maintenance services. The frequency of the visits will depend on the frequency of use and the model that you put. Your provider will confirm the necessary revisions but, in general, it is estimated that in the garages of neighborhood communities of seasonal use or those that house less than 5 vehicles, an annual review is sufficient. The figure is reduced to a review every six months in garages with 5 to 50 vehicles and every four months if it has more than half a hundred.
While, in the case of industrial buildings should be reviewed every 4-6 months, same terms for the garage doors of commercial areas. In the case of roll-up doors, annual maintenance is also sufficient.
And although these are the most widespread estimates, it goes without saying that you should consult a qualified professional whenever you notice any problem at your door.
GENERAL ADVICE FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF THE GARAGE DOOR
The manufacturer of each model usually recommends some general advice for daily maintenance aimed above all to protect it from the inclement weather and daily misuse by users. These are considered the basic tips:
Avoid dirt. In addition to leaves and trash in the vicinity of your garage door, it can accumulate traces of grease and dust that will not only contaminate it from the outside but could put at risk the mechanisms that move the door. Check with us the convenience of cleaning it with water under pressure periodically.
Beware of humidity. Garage doors face excessive heat and extreme cold, but the weather agent that most affects them is water, which can damage control panels if they are not well insulated by moisture. To avoid this, check frequently all electrical circuits, checking for cracks or fissures. If there are, you can ask us for advice if you can seal them with silicone or how to act.