General Maintenance


PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

Noisy doors…It’s a common problem. If your rollers are getting loose or if your garage door is excessively loud during operation, it may be time for some preventive maintenance.  Maintaining your garage door can add years to the life of your garage door system. Inspect your hardware and door at least twice a year for wear, looseness, binding or scraping. If any condition is noticed, or if any impact has occurred, call a professional garage door installer for complete inspection.  If a door sags repair it immediately.

All moving parts must be lubricated every four to six months. Tighten bolts on wood doors  twice a year as they tend to loosen from door movement.

Warning: Door spring is  under extreme tension. Repair or adjustments to the spring hardware can be very dangerous. Always call an experienced garage door installer to perform any such service.

 

METAL DOORS

The metal doors contains a factory-applied baked-on coating, which has been formulated to prove optimum performance for years with minimal service requirements. If you wish to repaint the door clean the surface thoroughly in order to properly maintain both the protective and aesthetic properties that the coating was designed to provide.  Read any instructions on the back of the door which will serve as a guide when you clean, touch-up or repaint your metal door.

 

CLEANING

To maintain your factory-applied finish so it will last for many years, a minimum routine cleaning at least once a year is recommended. In most cases, simply washing the door with plain water using a hose or pressure spray will be adequate. However, in areas where dirt collection is heavier or mildew has occurred, the following solution is recommended to remove these build-ups:

1/3 cup dry powdered detergent (such as Cheer)

2/3 cup tri-sodium phosphate (such as Soilax)

1 quart sodium hypochlorite 5% solution (such as Clorox)

3 quarts water\

Note: It is advisable to use rubber gloves when handling this solution.

A stiff bristle brush may be useful for embossed metal. To minimize streaking, always wash from the bottom to the top. A clean water rinse should follow immediately.

 

Strong solvents and abrasive type cleaners should be avoided to prevent any permanent damage to the finish. Remove caulk compounds, oil, grease, tars, wax and similar substances with mineral spirits only to those affected areas. Follow with detergent cleaning and clear water rinsing. Be sure to rinse thoroughly.

 

REPAINTING

If you feel the need to paint your primed metal door or to repaint your finish coated metal door, be sure to prepare the factory-applies surface as outlined in the cleaning section to the left. New metal doors must be wiped with a mineral spirits soaked cloth to remove waxes present on the surface. Wipe dry with a clean cloth before the mineral spirits dry. Detergent cleaning is not necessary at this point.  Before repainting, make sure all bare metal surfaces are spot primed with a good grade of commercially available primer following the manufacturer’s instructions. To achieve maximum repaint adhesion, you may lightly scuff sand the surface with 400 grit sandpaper or fine steel wool. Be sure to remove dust particulate by wiping with a damp cloth. Allow to dry completely.

 

After the door has been properly prepared, it must be coated within 24 hours with high-quality latex exterior house paint. The paint must be thoroughly mixed before using. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to reduce the material for spraying.  Apply coatings only when both air and substrate temperatures are above 50 degrees F.  Coatings can be sprayed, brushed or roll applied. Spray application is recommended for large surface areas to achieve optimum appearance.

 

WOOD DOORS

The preparation and painting of your wood garage door is an important part of the finished product. We recommend before installation, the door be lightly sanded and primed with at least one coat of an oil-based primer with tannin block additive. Finish with two coats of high quality exterior paint. Consult your local paint supplier for products best suited for your area.

 

For other transparent finishes also consult your paint supplier to find quality products to protect the wood and your investment.