You probably know the lifespan of just about all your appliances, gadgets, and other household items. However, have you given any thought to how long your garage door lasts? Unless your garage door is properly serviced, its days of smooth operation are limited.

You might be surprised to know that a properly managed and maintained door can last up to 20 years and in some cases even longer. Wood, fiberglass, aluminum, and steel garage doors all have between 10,000 to 20,000 torsion spring cycles. Here is what you should know about extending the lifespan of your garage door.

Clean it. The garage door is often one of the first things visitors notice when pulling up to your home. Most people associate a dirty garage door with an untidy home. Clean your garage door with a mild detergent the same as you would use on your car. Dishwashing detergent can also be used. Use a soft cloth or sponge to wipe away dirt and smudges.

Check for failing or worn out parts. Listen for failing or worn parts. As soon as you hear something out of the ordinary with your door, call in an expert at Smokey’s Garage Door for a routine maintenance check.

Keep door parts lubricated. Apply a small coat of lubrication to the door’s springs and rollers to keep it operating at its best. WD-40 is a great lubricant for cleaning track and keeping the operating properly. However, it should not be used on door opener parts. Lubricating your garage door is recommended every 3 months.

A little preventative care goes a long way for your garage door. Yearly maintenance can extend the life of your garage door and its components which in the long run will also save you money.
If, despite the efforts you’ve taken to maintain your garage door, it’s fallen victim to damage or old age, it may be smart to invest in a new garage door. If you have questions, contact us today.

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