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Caring for Your Automatic Garage Door

An automatic garage door is a great investment for your home. If it’s maintained well, it can last for years. Caring for your door is essential to it lasting a long time. Every month, quarter and year there are simple maintenance tasks you can do to lengthen the life of your garage door.

Some maintenance tasks are quite easy for most homeowners. A professional garage door company can make sure these tasks are performed properly as well.

3 Easy Garage Door Maintenance Tasks

Weather Seals

The weather sealant on your garage door is great for protecting your garage from cold air and moisture. You can use your finger to run along the seal. If you feel any tears or cracks, you might need your doors re-sealed.

This takes a few minutes and can be done 4 times a year. A great reminder is every season change. Not only for timing, but with weather changes that are sudden, the sealant can crack or tear more easily. So it’s a good time to check that everything is sealed tight!

Garage Door Tracks

Once a month, it takes 5 minutes to wipe down your garage door tracks with a rag and look them over. Look for any dents or bumps, as these can cause the door to go off track. If you notice any debris or residue on the tracks, use the rag and get it wet to wipe it clean. Dry them completely once you’re done!

Lubrication

Lubricant is necessary if you notice your garage door is not moving smoothly on the tracks or is making noise.

We recommend using a silicone or lithium based lubricant, not WD-40 to lubricate your garage door.

Spray lubricant on: the arm bar, chain rail, hinges, metal rollers with ball bearings.

Do not spray: the chain, spring, or bottom of the chain rail.

During an annual maintenance check with a garage door company, they can easily lubricate the proper parts of the garage door for you!

 

Taking care of your garage door is essential for it to function properly. Maintaining it regularly can stop bigger problems from catching you and your bank account by surprise. Simply cleaning it and visually inspecting it every month for 5-10 minutes can make all the difference!

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How to Polish Your Wood Garage Door Using Natural Cleaner

When your wood garage door starts looking a little worse for wear, it might need a good polishing. There are tons of commercial wood polish on the market, but these days people prefer natural methods. While you can debate “green” all you want, a natural cleaner for polishing your wood door is a great idea.

Beeswax polish is cheap and simple to make, and is safe to use! Commercial wood polish usually contains petroleum as a base, and beeswax does a better job anyway!

How to Make Beeswax Polish For Your Wood Garage Door

The recipe is easy: beeswax and oil. You can use either olive oil or coconut oil. The first step is pouring the oil in a microwave safe dish. Then grate some beeswax into the oil. You want a ratio of 1 part beeswax to 4 parts oil.

Heat up the mixture in the microwave until the max is melted. This can take several minutes. Stir the wax and oil together until its totally incorporated. Let is cool, and voila! Beeswax polish!

How to Clean Your Wooden Doors with Beeswax Polish

First wipe down your doors with a vinegar and water mixture. This helps remove the dust and any other dirt from the doors and will make polishing much easier. Let the door dry naturally before you begin polishing.

Once the doors are dry, apply the polish directly onto the door. Take a soft cloth and start rubbing the polish into the door. Starting from the upper left corner and working down to the bottom right is a good method.

Apply the polish as evenly as possible. Once you’re done, wait for the wax to get hard. This can take several minutes. After the wax is hard, take your cloth and scrub the door until the wax turns glossy. Make sure to scrub the entire door for an even look.

 

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Garage Door Maintenance

It is good practice to keep your garage door maintained and in good working order. This helps prevent any unforeseen problems, and keeps your doors in good condition year round.

Below are some maintenance tips to keeping your garage doors properly maintained.

 

Lubrication is Important!

A really easy thing you can do every month, or schedule a service with a garage door company, is lubricating your garage doors. Lubrication helps keep your doors working perfectly year round.

Regular lubrication at minimum should happen 3-4 times a year. Make sure to use a lubricant that isn’t greasy or sticky. If it’s sticky, it can collect dirt, dust, hair, etc that will then turn into black paste around your working parts. This is gross, hard to clean and isn’t great for your doors.

We use silicone based lubricants and these work great! You can pick up a bottle at your local hardware store. Make sure to get the hinges, tracks, springs, rollers, and locks.

Spring Garage Maintenance

Rust is also an enemy of your garage door, and is important to check for during a routine maintenance check. Rust can collect around your springs, and break them.

No matter what kind of spring system you have, extension, torsion, etc. maintaining your springs system is important for your overall garage door health.

Every spring, and more frequently if possible, is a great time to clean your garage door as well. Wipe down the tracks, get rid of cobwebs, hose down the door itself. All of these small things will keep your garage door in good shape!

Garage door maintenance done properly can ensure you stay on top of any potential problems. The last thing you want to do is have to make an emergency call to a garage door repair company because your garage doors failed you. If this does happen, call Perfect Solutions! 281-557-6351.

 

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Performing Basic Garage Door Maintenance

Garage doors need some basic maintenance to make sure they stay safe and perform as they are supposed to. There are a ton of working parts that need to be kept to a certain standard.

It’s easy to do your own basic DIY for your garage door. Hiring a professional is a hassle-free way to get it done yearly as well! If you are on the DIY side of things, read this post with the 5 basic things you can do every year to keep your garage door functioning well.

 

 

Here are five important steps to doing annual garage door maintenance yourself:

1.      Perform a basic visual inspection. 

If you do this on a regular basis, you’ll notice anything you don’t remember seeing the last time. Just look around and note any wear and tear. Check the garage door tracks, springs, pulleys, cables, and rollers. Are there any frayed cables? Is everything working as you think it should?

You can also take a look at the mounting hardware, like the hinges and screws and make sure they are secured. We would recommend a monthly visual inspection, or at least every quarter.

2.      Clean the Tracks!

While you are performing your visual inspection, take a damp towel and wipe down the tracks. This helps to remove any debris or built up dirt that can wedge itself in between the metal tracking.

3.      Lubricate!

We recommend lubricating your working metal parts about twice a year. You can buy a silicone based spray lubricant at your local hardware store or on Amazon. Spray a small amount on the tracks, hinges and rollers. This helps prevent future damage and ensures your garage door will slide smoothly on the tracks.

4.      Test Your Garage Door Safety Features

Any door manufactured after 1993 will have an auto-reversing feature that prevents anything from being pinned down by your garage door. You should do this at least once a year.

A great way to test the feature is putting a rolled up newspaper in the path of the garage door (where it closes). The sensor you have installed should detect the paper and automatically reverse.

If it doesn’t, call a professional immediately!

5.      Check Your Garage Door Balance

You can do this once a month and it takes 5 minutes. Disconnect your garage door opener if you have one. Manually lift the door and check that it glides smoothly with no resistance.

Once you lift the door, it should stay open. If it doesn’t stay open or it’s hard to open manually, your door is probably not balanced. Best to call a garage door tech to re-balance it for you.

DIY garage door maintenance isn’t that hard and takes a few minutes every month. Safety precautions to take include being aware of what you are doing, making sure everyone at your house knows you are working on the door and stays away for safety and you have a garage door company on speed dial in case something goes wrong!

If you notice any major issues with your garage doors or need a maintenance call, and you live anywhere in the Sugar Land, Missouri City, Pearland, The Woodlands, Pasadena, Richmond, Texas area, please call Perfect Solutions Garage Door for a free quote!

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Garage Door Semi-Annual Maintenance

One of the most important duties that homeowners are responsible for is garage door maintenance. This tasks extends the longevity of the garage door and provides safety for the whole family. Garage door maintenance is not overly complex and does not require a large amount of your time. On the other hand, most professional garage door services include routine maintenance.
Semi-annual maintenance can generally be broken down into five categories. The tasks in each are equally important in keeping your garage door functioning at maximum capacity. These steps can be completed by do it yourselfers; especially those with mechanical experience. Those who have no spare time or the required knowledge should leave it to the local garage door experts.

Visual Assessment

The first step is to assess your garage door to determine which items need attention and which do not. First use the remote to raise and lower the garage door while you stand inside to watch. Repeat this while standing outside the garage. Be on the lookout for jittering or strange noises as well as be sure that it closes and opens completely.
Inspect all of your garage door components from the smallest hardware to the tracks, springs, and cables. Any item which is damage, frayed, or worn should be replaced. Ensure that the tracks are not warped or dented. Frayed safety cables and broken springs are an extreme hazard. They present dangers to family members, human and furry, as well as your property.

Assurance Testing

Check the balance of your garage door by manually raising the door with the electric opener disconnected. This should present little to no resistance and the door should stay completely open. Any issues in this area should be addressed as quickly as possible.
Test the reversing mechanism to ensure that it is functioning as it should. Most individuals use a large block of wood as a stop. When the door makes contact with this obstacle, it should automatically stop moving then reverse directions. It is extremely important to contact a garage door tech to inspect this safety feature, if it is not working properly.

Senor Beam Testing

Use the remote to lower your garage door and an item such as broom handle to disrupt the sensor beam. If the garage door does not reverse, this is another important issue for your garage door tech. Before contacting your local tech try cleaning the eye with a soft cloth and retesting the senor beam.

Force Limit Testing

Use the wall control to close your garage door and your hand to offer the door some resistance. This should only be light pressure and the door should automatically reverse. If it continues its downward descent, move your hands, or whatever you are using to provide resistance, immediately. Contact a garage door specialist to resolve this issue.

Clean & Lube

Your garage door should be thoroughly cleaned including clearing the tracks. Any debris or dirt must be removed to prevent malfunctions. Never use lube on the track; however, it is safe to use a bit of WD-40, if necessary, to remove all of the grime. A premium quality lithium lube should be used on the hinges; arm bar; stem; nubs; and metal rollers designed with ball bearings.
Perfect Solutions Garage Door Repair is operated by some of the most experienced repair and installation experts in the industry. We are dedicated to serving our valuable clients with professional services and 100% satisfaction. We offer emergency services and repairs, day or night, any time you need us.

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Paint Your Garage Door

There are several different reasons home owners decide to pain their garage doors. For some, it is a cosmetic decision and they have simply become tired of the old look. For others, it is maintenance and protection. It can prevent future damage and save money in the long run. The very first step is to decide between a water or oil based paint. Oil based paint is generally that which is chosen for exterior painting, while water based paint resists stains best. It is wise to purchase a primer and a finish as well. Some more expensive paints do not require one or the other.

Prep

  • Use a pressure washer to thoroughly clean metal garage doors and a garden hose for those constructed of wood. A pressure washer is not recommended for wooden doors as it may damage them. Use a stiff brush and mild detergent to remove tough dirt and/or stains. Use a scraper to remove any peeling paint and sandpaper to smooth the surface.
  • It is also best to sand any areas of metal garage doors which show rust. Use a paintable caulk and/or wood filler for patching and filling cracks. Be sure to remove any wood scrapes or splinters before trying to apply the paint.
  • Place cardboard and or drop cloths down to protect the garage floor and driveway. Masking tape and plastic sheeting or trash bags can be used to protect windows, trim, and/or siding.
  • Use a high quality brand paint to prime the garage door especially, if it is new and has never before been primed or if you are painting it a different color from the previous time. Ensure that it is the correct primer for your garage door’s material, whether wood or metal. Apply a thin coat of primer with a roller or sprayer. A brush can be used; however, it may show streaking, especially if the painter is inexperienced.

A Fresh Coat

  • Disconnect the garage door opener. This is to allow you to open the garage door manually from the outside and paint one panel at a time.

Tip: Avoid painting the rubber gasket on the bottom of the garage door.

  • Mix the paint thoroughly by shaking as well as stirring it with a stick. Pour a large amount into a bucket or paint pan and seal that which remains in the original paint bucket.
  • Apply a thin layer of paint evenly using a roller, sprayer, or wide brush. Allow the first coat to dry completely before applying the second coat. A second coat is recommended for the best results. Start at the lower portion of the door working upward one panel at a time.
  • Use a wide brush to apply two thin, even coats to the garage door trim as well. To gain extra precision angle your paint brush.
  • Remove and dispose of all of the plastic, cardboard, and tape. Use a flat razor to remove any paint from the window panes. Rinse the brushes, roller, and buckets or pans until the water runs clear for acrylic or latex paint. A solvent based cleaner will be needed for clean up if an oil based paint was used.

 

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Quieting a Noisy Garage Door

One of the most common complaints that homeowners have is that their garage door makes too much noise. There are several items to consider, if the garage door noise has increased. It is important to first determine the cause because it may be a warning that something more serious.
Many of the causes of the increased noise are rather simple to fix, especially for experienced DIYers. Of course many times it is not the knowledge, but time that prevents them from completing these tasks. All of the things are very good reasons to call a garage door specialist to ask for advice.

Dampen Noises

Components to inspect for the cause of the noise include loose hardware, lack of lubrication, worn out rollers, and faulty door opener anti-vibration pads. All of these things may be rectified by anyone handy around the house. Below is a comprehensive list of inspect items to determine the issue.
• Garage door hardware loosens with use and can create a great deal of noise during operation. Use a socket or traditional wrench to systematically tighten all of the hardware.
• The second cause may be that they are so worn that they have begun to squeak when they move. A quality lubricant may do the trick, if the rollers are still in good shape. Non-silicone lube is best for metal rollers; however, if they are nylon, lubricate the bearings only and do not use any lubricant for nylon rollers.

Note: WD-40 is not a lubricant, but a powerful cleaner. Never lubricate the tracks with anything. This may cause the garage door to become unbalanced due to slippage. It may be wise to consult a professional for the lubrication or replacement process.

• Springs which are in need of lubrication tend to make a great deal of racket. A metal lubricant or motor oil may be used for them. Home owners should be aware that while this is a simple task, it is also extremely hazardous. Due to intense pressure it may result in injury to persons, death, or damage to personal property. Call a garage door tech for safety.
• Move garage door hinges from side to side to inspect for damage and wear. If these are worn, they will need replacement. If the hinges are not worn, they may simply need lubrication.
• Inspect the tension on the trolley apparatus to determine if it is loose as well as whether it is a belt drive or chain drive system. A metal lube may be used for a chain drive system. A belt drive system should never be lubed or greased. Check the garage door and opener instruction manuals for exact directions. In the event that the manuals have been lost, they most likely can be downloaded for free from the respective websites.
• Note that many types of concrete garages are noisy in general even when functioning properly. The concrete amplifies the noise from the garage door operation. It may be possible to insult the garage door supports to dampen the noise.

Let Us Get Started

Our professional garage door crew at Perfect Solutions Garage Door consists of highly trained specialists. Contact us for any questions or concerns and we will be more than happy to address them. We can take care of all of your garage door needs whether you simply have no time, no knowledge, or do not have the proper tools for your project.

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Garage Door Maintenance

A garage door is an integral element of any home. All garage doors need routine maintenance to keep them functioning smoothly. This maintenance also increases the length of its life and prevent numerous future repair costs. Many families opt to hire a garage door specialist because they lead extremely busy lives and simply have no time to perform these tasks.

Visual and Hand-on Examination

It is important to visually inspect the garage door periodically. Many experts recommend this to be completed quarterly. The first step is to examine the garage door springs to ensure they are in peak condition and functioning optimally. There ae two basic types of springs. Extension springs are long and horizontally stretched above the garage door roller track. Torsion springs are round and mounted under extreme pressure above the door.

  1. Examine the tracks; rollers; brackets; cables; and hinges to evaluate their condition and to ensure that they are functioning correctly.
  2. Check all screws and bolts to ensure that these are tight. If any component appears to be frayed or worn, replace it as soon as possible.
  3. The garage door balance should be physically tested. If there is an opener present, disconnect the power source then disengage it. This is most commonly accomplished by tugging the cord and handle which hangs from the central track’s trolley.
  4. Lift the door to about waist height, manually, and release slowly. If the garage door rises or lowers, it is incorrectly balanced and requires adjustment.

Clean and Lubricate

The exterior of the garage door should be cleaned at least once per year or more often, if the property is in a salt-air environment. Proper and timely lubrication is important not only to a garage door’s longevity, but to its continued smooth operation. It is also essential to use the correct type of lubrication. It should be a non-silicone based product for the bearings, hinges, and springs. Some individuals use motor oil for some of the other parts; however, it is best to consult the owner’s manual and/or garage door professional.

  1. Mix one cup of mild detergent with five gallons of tepid or warm water. Use a rag or sponge to wash the garage door. Thoroughly rinse with a garden hose.
  2. Wooden garage doors must be wiped with a soft, dry rag. Once cleaned, it may be necessary to re-stain or repaint a wooden garage door.
  3. Visually inspect a wood garage door about once a year to determine, if it needs to be re-stained or repainted.
  4. Clean the inside of the door in a similar manner or use a broom to sweep away any debris and/r cobwebs.
  5. Lubricate the rollers and bearings with the non-silicone based product. Do not allow lubricant to make contact with nylon rollers or roller tracks.
  6. Use brake cleaner and a rag to clean the garage door tracks while wearing latex gloves.

Note: Be sure to make any necessary repairs along the way or schedule an appointment with a local, professional garage door contractor. Many garage door components, especially springs and cables, are under intense pressure and present a very real danger.

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Six Preventive Maintenance Tips for Garage Doors

As a garage owner, you are probably worried about maintenance cost in case your garage door gets broken. Even if garage door repair and maintenance are not expensive, if your garage door keeps on having problems, the expenses will soon add up. Fortunately, for you, there are many ways to help ensure that your garage door will work well without too much maintenance.

How to Care for Your Garage Doors

Doing preventive maintenance for your garage door follows the popular principle that it’s better to be safe than sorry.  This article will guide you how to check and care for your garage door to keep them in good condition. Here are six preventive maintenance tips:

  1. Observe your garage door.

One of the most effective ways to ensure your garage door works flawlessly for a long time is by treating it like a friend. Listen and observe for any signs of distress such as jerky movements when opening and closing as well as any strange sounds. These signs usually mean something is wrong with your garage door.

  1. Tighten what’s loose.

Check the roller brackets and bolts for any looseness. These parts loosen over time as you continually use your garage door. When you notice your garage door vibrate so much when you use it, then it’s time to check these parts. Don’t delay because the longer you wait, the more it can damage your garage door mechanism.

  1. Lubricate the moving Parts.

Friction can harm to the mechanism that makes your garage door work.  The best way to counter friction is by lubrication.  It only takes around 10 minutes to lubricate the parts, but will add years to the life of your garage door. White lithium grease is the best lubricant for the chain and screw of the opener. For the overhead spring, you can buy a high-quality spray lubricant from a garage door company.

  1. Check the cables.

Check the condition of the high tension cables that lift your garage door to know their condition. However, do not tinker with them because they can snap and injure you. If the cables have broken strands and are damaged, call a garage door technician right away. Never tinker with the high-tension cables.

  1. Clean the tracks.

Debris on the garage door track can cause the garage door many problems like becoming unbalanced, malfunction, and damages to the garage door mechanisms. A lot of people neglect this even though it’s very easy to do, resulting in high repair cost and regret. Spend a few minutes every day to check the tracks and remove any debris. Michelle M. Howard of SFGate recommends using an old toothbrush to clean the inside of the tracks.

  1. Check if the garage door is balanced.

If not properly balanced, you garage door opener will have to exert more effort in opening and closing the heavy door and will lessen its life span.  However, professionals should do the adjusting of an unbalanced door or you might damage it more.

 

Garage door problems are inevitable, but with proper care and maintenance by its owner, the frequency of repair is lessened.  It only takes a few minutes a day to do your own safe checks on your garage door so add this crucial task to your list of things to do. When in need of emergency repair, call the trusted technicians at Perfect Solutions Garage Door.

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A Quick Guide to Garage Door Cleaning

Imagine taking a friend of yours to your garage to see some of your collection and a dirty garage door greets both of you. What an embarrassment! Of course you would try to explain it away sheepishly, but your friend knows that you have just been too lazy to clean your garage door. Yes, your garage door needs cleaning too especially because it is exposed to dust and other pollutants.  A dirty garage door is an unhealthy garage door and soon, you may have to spend money to repair it.

Garage door cleaning is an essential part of maintenance and won’t take so much of your time. Here are the steps to quick and effective garage door cleaning:

Step 1: Get your tools

Prepare your tools for the job—bucket, mild detergent/dishwashing soap, hose and some rag or scrub brush.  If you are using a scrub brush, you have to make sure that it is not very hard or it will scratch the finish of your garage door. You can use any mild detergent that you have at home, never use a strong detergent or your garage door will look awful in the end.

Remember:

  • Bucket
  • Hose
  • Mild detergent or dishwashing soap
  • Rag or scrub brush

Step 2: Wash and clean

  1. Fill the bucket with water and dissolve some mild detergent or dishwashing soap, not too much though or it will ruin the finish. You have to ensure that all the detergent is thoroughly dissolved in water. You have to check the bottom for soap powder that has not dissolved yet.
  2. After preparing your soap solution, attach the hose to the faucet and let the water flow. Wet the garage door using your hose. Make sure every part of the garage door is really wet so that you can proceed to the next stage without any problems.
  3. After wetting your garage door with water, get the rag or scrub brush and wet it with the soap solution you have just made, and scrub every part of your garage door. Don’t scrub it too hard though. Just be gentle but firm. To make sure that every part of the garage door is scrubbed, start from the upper left and scrub down to the bottom.   After completing one part, move the next area. Make sure it’s organized.
  4. After scrubbing, rinse the garage door using the hose.
  5. Let the garage door dry naturally.

Step 3: Inspect your garage door

  1. Check for peeling paint or warped paint. If you have a metal garage door, areas where paint peeled off are susceptible to rusting.
  2. Dust the tracks of the garage door. Stones or other debris there could affect how the garage door closes and cause many problems.
  3. Check the mechanisms of the garage doors to see if they have problems.
  4. You can also apply wax to metal doors to maintain the luster of the metal.

Clean your garage doors and check for problems at least once a month. If you spot areas that need repair work, call your trusted garage door company. Doing so will help you maximize and extend the life of your door.

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