Garage Door Repair Tips
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Garage door repair take a lot of abuse over time, especially from the rain, snow and salt used on roads to combat wintery weather. These elements can cause rust to form on the tracks and hardware of a garage door, and if not corrected in a timely fashion, will result in the need for replacement parts.

How do I fix my garage door myself?

One of the simplest fixes is lubricating all of the moving parts of your garage door. Use household lubricating oil for the rollers and track, powdered graphite or special garage door lubricant spray for the pulleys. This will keep them rolling smoothly and help prevent them from jamming.

Another simple fix is a general cleaning of the door and hardware. If your door is aluminum or vinyl, you can use a power washer to clean it off and remove any dirt or grime that has collected. Wooden doors can be cleaned by scrubbing the surface with a sponge and a solution of warm water and mild dish soap. Once the door has dried, the wood can be sanded down and then either repaint or stain it.

The lintel that supports the garage door is a vulnerable point, and can sag over time due to the weight of the door. It can also succumb to rot from moisture and insects. It is recommended that you have a professional inspect your lintel, and replace it as needed. This will ensure that the garage door is secure and provides proper support for the structure of your home.