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You’ve recently added a garage door to your home. This feature makes it easier for you to access your garage and adds curb appeal to your property. You want to protect your investment, but now that the unit has been installed, what can you do to keep your garage door functioning well for years to come?

Here are tips you can use to keep your garage door in good working condition for its expected lifespan.

Use the garage door when necessary

The first component of your garage door that will need to be replaced are the springs. The springs are activated every time you open and close your garage door. This is known as a cycle. If you are constantly opening and closing your garage to gain access to the outdoors or to put things inside this exterior space, then you will wear your springs out more quickly.

Limit your garage door use to necessary opening and closing only, such as when you are using a vehicle to enter or leave your garage. This way, the springs will last longer and allow you to have a more reliable unit. Never leave your garage door halfway open; either leave it all the way up or all the way down when not in use.

Use your driveway responsibly

A runaway basketball, bicycle, or other outdoor toy played with in the driveway can hit your garage door and create dents or scratches. This is especially the case if you have an aluminum door.
Limit driveway use to parking and driving on only, and encourage children to play away from the garage, on the sidewalk, or in the front or back yards instead of using the driveway as a play area. This will help protect your garage against accidental damage.

Use a maintenance schedule

Your garage door installation specialist will give you a schedule for maintaining and inspecting your garage door. Follow this schedule so you keep your warranty in check and catch any potentially needed repairs before they become costly replacement expenses. In general, you should have your garage door inspected once a year.

For all your garage door needs, from repair to replacement, you can rely on the professionals at Smokey’s Garage Door; contact us today!

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