While the overhead garage door may be the more popular choice in residential settings, the side-sliding sectional garage door could easily be considered a second runner up. Side-sliding sectional doors are an interesting architectural take on conventional garage doors and will definitely give your garage that added 'awe' that you are looking to achieve. Whether you are moving into a home with side-sliding garage doors or you are planning to have this garage door type installed on your existing garage, it is important that you get familiar with the regular maintenance tasks that will be involved.
Take the time to keep your side-sliding door appropriately lubricated.
If there is one simple thing you should do to keep your side-sliding sectional garage door operational for the long term, it is to keep it lubricated well. There are several points that will need lubrication from time to time, including:
The key to keeping your door moving without friction is using a good lubricant. While spray lubricant, such as WD-40, works okay, it is best to go with a heavier lubricant. Heavy-weight lithium grease works best on the components that go through a lot of motion on a daily basis and will not wear away as quickly.
Do a thorough check of the garage doors annually.
Once a year, it is a good idea to do a thorough walk-through of your side-sliding garage door to check for signs of wear and make any necessary adjustments. Some homeowners choose to hire a professional for this task because it is such a lengthy procedure and it is easy to miss something. However, you can easily check out some of the most pertinent points on your own. Check the door seals for signs of damage, the rubber seals between each panel for signs of wear, and the rollers on the floor for problems. Additionally, you should take a few minutes to check the height adjustment for accuracy and tighten the bolts and hardware that hold your door together.
Carefully remove any dirt and debris on a regular basis.
Part of maintaining your side-sliding garage door will mean keeping all parts of the door clean and free of debris. Clean the panels and the grooves between each, as dirt and debris can hinder the smooth folding action of the hinges. Sweep out the roller guide along the floor with a brisk brush and wipe away any stubborn spots with a soapy cloth.
For more information, contact a garage door repair company like Overhead Door Co. of Everett Inc.
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