Your garage door is an important part of your home security and safety as not only does it protect your belongings (and sometimes your car!) from the elements, a secure and working garage door will also help keep unwanted visitors out.
However, like any other mechanical device, it needs regular maintenance to keep it working properly and to make sure that it does exactly what you need it to do, as when you find your garage door struggling to open on a wet, cold and dark evening, the frustration and annoyance caused will only get worse when it finally gives up, which it probably will.
Here are a few early signs that your garage door may need a service and things to look out for, as if you get thing sorted early, you can save yourself a lot of money down the road.
The door is slow to open or close. This could be a sign of a problem with the springs, cables, or hinges. This is quite common as the garage door gets older and has been used frequently and regularly, but this is something a simple service can spot, fix and get working again like new very quickly.
The door makes strange noises when it opens or closes. If you are hearing loud creaking or cranking noises, noise that sounds like scraping or just noises that indicate something is really not right, then this could be a sign of wear and tear on the components. Whilst a garage door may not always be silent to open, if you are hearing noises you were not previously and if they are also getting worse, something is going wrong and you need to get it looked at.
The door gets stuck or jams. This could be a sign of a serious problem that needs to be addressed immediately and you really need to act now, as you might be using excess force to counter the issue and get the door opened or closed, and this will be damaging the internal workings of the door. And of course, there will come a time when it will simply not close shut and this will be a security risk and something to be avoided.
The door is not level or aligned properly. This could be a safety hazard and could also damage the door over time. If you notice that it is not quite closing correctly or you are seeing gaps around the door that are getting worse, then this is something that needs addressing, but also something that a service will spot and fix quickly.
If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to have your garage door serviced by a qualified professional from a recommended local garage door company. A professional can inspect the door and identify any problems and not only spot issues before they become a major concern, but also fix minor issues that also stop the wear and tear getting worse over time. They can then make the necessary repairs to keep your door safe and working properly.
Not Seeing Any Issues?
It’s important to have your garage door serviced regularly, even if it’s not showing any signs of problems as this will help to prevent more serious problems from developing and will extend the life of your door.
By having a regular service, we recommend once every year but once every two years as a minimum, you reduce the chances of your garage door going wrong and ultimately needing replacing, as not all issues can be fixed if the damage has gone too far. Regular servicing helps to spot issues before they become a major problem and also to prevent minor problems becoming so big that you might end up needing a new garage door.
So, if you spot the signs or even just want to make sure the signs are not there, get in touch with us for a service for your garage door today.