Protect Your Investment with these Garage Door Maintenance Tips
Every part of your home is an investment, and your garage door is no different (side note: your garage door is one of the best investments you can make, achieving over 90% ROI when it comes to the value of your home!). As homeowners, we take precautions to protect our roofs, windows, and siding. We trim overhanging tree limbs, use products to protect the materials, clear away snow, among many other things. The same should be done when it comes to our garage door.
How can you protect your garage door?
It Starts with the Right Materials
Believe it or not, protecting your garage door begins before you even purchase the door itself. Higher quality garage doors are more durable and last longer; the best quality doors should last you a lifetime. This is because they are made with premium materials and constructed with techniques that result in the highest quality garage door possible.
A good example of quality in garage doors comes from its frame. At CAMBEK, we construct our doors from a solid wood Douglas Fir frame. This allows them to resist moisture, wind, and other elements. Learn more about what makes Douglas Fir a great material here.
The finish you choose for your garage door should be designed to resist the potential damage caused by the climate in which the garage door will be placed. Consider the environmental conidiations of where you live. Do any of these environmental factors apply:
- Significant humidity and moisture in the air
- Extreme heat
- Constant exposure to sunlight
- Storms or high winds
- Is there saltwater nearby? This means there will be saltwater in the air, which can corrode certain materials if they are left unfinished.
All these conditions will dictate the features and protection you need in your garage door finish.
Keep that Finish Applied!
The biggest mistake homeowners make with their wooden garage doors is to forgo reapplying a quality finish after a few years of owning their doors. Good finishes will protect a door, but they need to be reapplied. Failing to do so renders them much less effective. Make sure you keep up with maintaining your garage door finish; it will protect your wooden garage door for decades.
Maintain all the Components
From the garage door hardware to the operating tracks, openers, and everything in between, performing routine maintenance on your garage door will protect it over the years. When doors don’t open or close properly, they are more susceptible to damage and general wear and tear. Make sure to inspect your door every spring season and before the end of fall to ensure it is working properly and doesn’t need any maintenance or repair.