Things do not end with buying and installing a new garage door in Chermside. The thing is, it require proper care and maintenance for them to retain their top quality and condition. In fact, even if you purchased a topnotch brand and a heavy-duty material, it is still a must that you do the right things to care for your garage door. Here are some tips on door maintenance that will help you keep the door looking and working like it is brand new and minimising the need for garage door repairs.
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A sliding garage door is probably the most functional, versatile, easy to use and secure garage door system that you can buy.
Sliding doors run in tracks that allow the door to slide away from the main garage entrance to a storage point that can be either, to the side of the door's opening, or in a more distant and remote resting position. The only limitation to where the door can slide to is the length of the track.
How sliding doors work
Sliding doors are made up from a number of hinged panels that allow them to turn or bend at corners and changes of angle. The panels are connected to each other on their vertical axis and vary in width dependent upon manufacturer.
Because this kind of door has a sectional construction is means that it can be produced in a massive range of fitting widths, i.e. to increase the width of a sliding door it is simply amended by additional vertical panels.
The sliding door panels are held in position at their top and bottom by runners that engage in a smooth running track. This track runs from the garage opening to the point where the door is stored when open. This may be immediately adjacent to the opening, or at some more convenient location where it does not cause an obstruction.
Most garage doors that operate a sliding mechanism have the track running within the garage, however it is possible to keep the track in front of the garage and some commercial applications favour this approach.
Why you might want to consider a sliding garage door
- A sliding door does not require roof space that could be used for storage.
- A sliding garage door does not need an opening zone within the garage or outside the garage (e.g. like an up and over door).
- A vehicle can be parked directly against a sliding door whilst still leaving the door operational.
- A sliding door does not need to be a perfect fit for the opening (like most other door types) as it needs to project a short distance either side of the opening.
- Sliding doors are easy to operate because the mass of the door is supported vertically on a track. For this reason they require a very little effort to move and this makes them perfect for all ages and genders.
- Sliding garage doors lend themselves to good security and there is an extensive range of locks and fittings that can see them not just locking into the track, but also being mechanically locked to a floor or ceiling.
- Sliding doors are perfect for electric automation using a wall mounted button or a remote control. They also have a lower energy requirement than most other door types (where the full weight of the door is lifted by the motor).
- Sliding garage doors are strong and tough and their extensive applications in the commercial sector reflect their long term durability and reliability.
- Sliding garage doors come in a range of aesthetic styles that make their sectional construction difficult to detect. They can incorporate glass panels or mimic the appearance of wood and their sectional construction means that they can contain thermal insulation.
- Sliding garage doors are one of only a couple of door types that are able to include a human access, side hinged door, within their sectional construction. This can be a real bonus if the door is regularly used for "human only" access as it enhances security and reduces heat loss.
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Garage doors normally open and close more than a dozen times every day. Routine maintenance is essential for continued proper functioning. Here's a checklist for routine maintenance and simple repairs every handy homeowner can perform without difficulty.
These procedures are recommended three or four times every year:
- Wash the exterior of the door with a stiff brush and mild detergent. Repaint or touch up peeling, chipped or cracked paint, especially if there is exposed wood.
- Use a vinyl cleaner on weather stripping around the bottom and frame. Lubricate with a silicone product to keep stripping flexible.
- Inspect rollers for damage. New rollers may be purchased from garage door dealers or at home improvement centers. Broken or worn rollers are easy to remove. First, use a socket wrench to loosen the bolts holding the roller hinge in place and remove damaged rollers. Insert replacement rollers and fasten hinge bolts.
- Check door tracks with a level to ensure they are aligned. If not, simply loosen, but don't remove, the bolts/screws that hold the track to the wall and adjust the track. Recheck alignment with the level. Once the track is straight, refasten the bolts/screws.
- Check mounting brackets that hold the tracks to the walls. If they're loose, tighten the bolts/screws. With the door closed, check from inside the garage to see if there are dents, flat spots or crimping in the tracks. These can be pounded out with a rubber mallet, or hammer and block of wood; avoid using a metal hammer which could easily cause further damage. Badly damaged tracks need to be replaced by a professional garage door installer.
- Check for loose hardware and tighten where needed. Check swing-up doors for loose screws on plates where the spring is mounted. Check roll-up doors for loose screws on hinges that hold sections of the door together. Sagging of the door on one side can be corrected by securing hinges with new screws; filling enlarged holes with wood filler and longer screws where necessary.
- Check springs and adjust tension on swing-up doors by moving the spring hook to the next hole. Tension on roll-up door springs that have a pulley can be adjusted by pulling the cable through the plate at the top of the door. Re-knot at the end to maintain tension.
Caution: A roll-up door that has a single torsion spring at the center of the door cannot be repaired by the average homeowner. The tension on the spring is great enough to cause serious injury. Doors with this type spring need to be repaired by a professional garage repairman.
- Use a heavy-duty, concentrated household cleaner to remove grease and dirt from tracks and rollers; dry thoroughly.
- Lubricate all moving parts with 10W30 motor oil. Apply oil to a rag and lubricate tracks paying special attention to sections that curve. Next use the oily rag to lubricate the springs. Wipe excess oil off springs with a clean rag.
Routine maintenance and simple garage door repairs are within the realm of the handy homeowner. Major repairs and installations are performed best by trained and experienced professionals.
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