The Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri is always looking to save you money when we can. The easiest way to do so is by giving you the knowledge to keep your garage door running smoothly with these six tips on preventative maintenance. Read on to find out how to save on garage door repair.
Before Your Start
Before you start on any home improvement project, safety should be the first thing on your mind. If you’re not sure how to safely do garage door preventative maintenance, please call the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri, and we’ll get the job done for you.
Follow these steps for safe garage door maintenance:
- Unplug the door: Make sure to unplug your door so that it does not start moving while you’re working on it.
- Use Clamp Locking Pliers: If you are planning to work under the door, attach clamp locking pliers below the rollers to ensure the door won’t move.
- Don’t touch the torsion spring: These have enough power to seriously injure you if handled improperly. Call a professional instead.
Inspect Your Garage Door Parts
Before you start blindly tightening and adjusting, take 15 minutes to thoroughly examine all the components of your garage door. Check your rollers for chips, make sure your tracks are level, and test your sensor using the two-by-four test mentioned in last month’s blog. Now is also a prime opportunity to replace the batteries in both your outdoor keypad and your remote openers.
Checking the basic parts of your garage door goes a long way in keeping everything running smoothly. Garage door checks like the one described above make preventative maintenance an easy task, but if you’re not sure about what the individual parts should be doing, the Overhead Door Company is here to help.
Tighten Loose Ends
The natural motion of your garage door can cause nuts and bolts to become shaky. A simple twist with your wrench should keep them in place until the next check-up. If you notice a particular one becoming repeatedly loose, it could be indicative of a larger issue. If this is the case, jump on a quick call to see what we can do for you.
Grease the Tracks… and Roller… and Springs
Making sure everything on your garage door is properly lubricated is by far the easiest way to prevent wear and tear and add years to the life of its components. Before you grease, make sure to wipe down the areas to remove gunky buildup and debris. Next, be sure to know the difference between lubricants so you can coat your setup properly.
- Lithium Grease: Thick lubricant applied to the flat surfaces — like the tracks — to prevent friction.
- Silicone Spray: Applied to the rollers and hinges leads to smooth operation.
- WD-40: An alternative to silicon spray that has to be applied with more frequency because it is alcohol-based.
Replace the Weatherstripping
We’re always singing the praises of having a solid weatherstrip on the bottom of your garage door. It helps to regulate temperature, keeps out critters, and prevents water from seeping in during showers and snowstorms. For an even greater seal, consider adding similar stripping to all four sides.
For Anything Else, Call Us!
We know there are still probably a few items on this list you still might feel uncomfortable performing yourself. That’s where we come in. The Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri is here to help with any garage door preventative maintenance to keep you from having to spend big down the road.
Chances are you haven’t been leaving the house much over the past two months. It’s given you the opportunity to clean your house and work on a number of those nagging projects that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to complete. But now it’s time to take it up a notch. Below, the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri has compiled a list of things for you to consider before you decide whether converting your garage into a living space is the right move and what garage maintenance comes with it.
Get In The Zone
If you plan on making big adjustments to your garage, you have to get the proper paperwork. Requirements vary depending on your location but you typically need to attain what’s called a conversion permit from your city’s zoning department. Depending on the specific renovations you plan on making — such as raising the floor, adding windows, or putting in a bathroom — you may be required to attain additional permits. Typically, contractors will take care of the paperwork, so this note is directed towards the DIYers out there.
Specific zoning requirements include:
- Adding a window to allow natural light and air
- A ceiling that is at least 7 ½ feet high
- Maintain a temperature of at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit
- Make sure all electrical outlets are properly spaced
Consider The Cost (And Benefits)
A full-scale garage overhaul and garage maintenance does not come cheap. Adding insulation, finishing floors, and putting in windows all come with significant costs. If you plan on adding plumbing, plan on adding between $10,000 and $20,000 to the cost. That may seem like a lot, but typically, you are able to recoup around 80% of the cost in added value to your home. If you live in a tourist destination you can offset the cost of your renovations, mortgage or living expenses by renting the converted room out on Airbnb or VRBO.
Do You Have Space?
If you’ve got people staying in your garage that means your car — along with everything else you store in your garage — has to be stored somewhere else. That means you’ll need either a spacious driveway or neighborhood with an abundance of street parking. If you live in an area with extremes in temperature, you need to take the proper precautions to protect your vehicle. Also, make sure either your attic or basement can handle the influx of items. Often times, converting your garage can be the impetus to getting rid of unnecessary junk that has built up over the years.
Do You Have The Right Garage Door?
Transforming your garage to a habitable room requires the right garage door. A Thermacore® door from the Overhead Door Company is the perfect piece to kickstart your remodeling project. With its sandwich constructions, these doors were built to keep the temperature of your garage regulated (perfect for complying with the permit above). Set up an appointment with the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri today and take the first step to creating the converted garage you’ve always wanted.
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