Looking for a long-lasting garage door?
Keeping your garage doors in its best condition requires some work but making time to complete maintenance means you can enjoy a long-lasting door, with minimal effort over time. We’ve got some simple tips to prolong the lifespan of your garage doors.
Give them a look over regularly
A visual inspection is a great place to start with your maintenance. Have a look at the components including the arms, cables, springs, rollers and hinges. If you spot any wear and tear, it’s best to get this sorted out by a garage door specialist as soon as possible to prevent any serious damage to your door.
Keep the parts oiled
This basic maintenance task will ensure your door runs smoothly as well as stopping any annoying squeaks and creaks. Oiling the moving parts such as the hinges, pivots points and the rollers even just twice a year with a quality spray lubricant, will add years onto the lifespan of your garage door.
Keep it clean
No matter the material of your door, clean it regularly with warm water and a sponge to prevent dirt from building up and casing damage. It also keeps it looking it’s best! If you have a steel door, this is also an opportunity to keep an eye out for any spots of rust forming. Any rust spots should be sanded down, primed, and painted over. Wooden doors can suffer from chipped paint due to water damage or warping, so if you spot this while cleaning, sand it down and repaint over the chips.
Test the door balance
If your garage door isn’t balanced properly, the door opening mechanism will be put under more strain and it won’t last as long as it should. The springs should balance it well enough that it lifts with only a few pounds of force. You can test this by manually opening the door halfway. When halfway open, it should stay in place without you needing to hold it there. If it doesn’t remain in this place on its own, then it’s improperly balanced and will be wearing out the springs. This is another case where a garage door professional should be your first call.
Garage door maintenance, servicing and repairs
No one wants their garage door to stop working prematurely. At Eastern Garage Doors, we provide garage door maintenance services to keep your door in its ideal condition for years to come. Get in touch with us today to book maintenance that ensures your garage door operates and looks how it should.
Looking for a long-lasting garage door?
A garage may well have been intended for our cars, but it’s so easy for it to become a dump for our old clothes, paint cans, gardening equipment and broken junk – basically anything that we’d rather stow away and forget about. And in fact, it’s thought that only 24% of Britons are actually using a garage to store their vehicle.
But as spring rolls around, and the weather starts to brighten up, it’s the perfect time to get stuck into the mess you’ve been pretending doesn’t exist for so long.
In this blog, we’ve put together a few tips to help you reclaim your garage and make the most of this often-underutilised space.
Throughout winter, or perhaps even longer, a lot can happen in the garage, so the first step should be to get things back to how they should be. Think about how you’ll be using the space. Are you a keen gardener? Do you enjoy artistic or crafty endeavours? Or do you use the room as a utility area?
Make a list of things that you need to do to accomplish your goals and get to work.
Tackling such a large area can seem pretty intimidating, so it’s best to stick to your guns.
We’re all different, so it stands to sense and reason that we’ll all choose a different way. For example, perhaps you’d prefer to start with easy things first, like bagging up old clothing for the charity shop, or maybe you’d prefer to empty the garage entirely and decide which bits are worth putting back.
Alternatively, if that seems too regimented for you, then start from the front and work your way to the back.
Decide What to Keep
A common rule when clearing out is if you haven’t used it for six months, it’s time to wave it goodbye. If no one has used those tennis rackets since the London Olympics, it’s probably time to get rid of them. If you’ve just never renovated that broken down old Vespa like you thought you might, then don’t worry about it – give it away to someone who might have the time.
Be honest about what you love doing, if you enjoy painting or DIY, then the kit for those activities deserves to be front and centre. But, if you’re struggling to decide what to let go, then itemise the stuff in the garage into ‘use regularly’, ‘use annually’, ‘never used’ and ‘sentimental.’
Never used can be thrown or given away, annual and regular use can be checked for signs of wear or replaced, and when it comes to sentimental items, decide what you really want and if you actually have the room to store it.
If space is at a premium, then consider using a pegboard with hooks for vertical wall hanging. Things like shovels, spades and the like have handles for easy storage, which also removes the need to store stuff on the floor.
Sports equipment, like golf bags and things of that nature are also easy to hang.
If you are using the garage to store gardening equipment, why not consider a potting shelf or bench, or even a wheelbarrow to make the transportation of tools much easier?
Think About Usability
Garage storage should be as thoughtful as it is inside the home, so think of the areas that are used often and plan your room around that.
If you use the area for your washing, then store all of your washing powder and dryer sheets in storage near the washer and dryer.
It’s small details like this that can help to make the process a bit easier, particularly when you’ve got a clear vision of how you want things to look and feel.
A great way to get the whole family behind your organisational splurge is through labelling everything. Label everything from hooks and pegboards and storage bins – this helps to maintain the order and keep everything where it should be.
It may seem like a lot, but it sure makes things easier to find, especially when in a rush and looking for the golf bag.
It will go a long way towards preventing garage clutter and keeping your doorways and floor clear of junk all year round.
Spring cleaning is not a mere one and done activity. It’s a little bit like going on a diet: you must maintain your healthy lifestyle in order to see results.
If you have any questions about garage storage, garage door conversions and alterations, or any of our other products or services, then contact us today.
For a free, no obligation survey give us a call in your local area, and our team will be happy to advise you on which products would be right for your home and garage.