If you’re like most homeowners near Nanaimo, you know the changing weather can bring a myriad of problems with your garage door. Parts such as your garage door torsion springs, gears and cables can all be affected by the weather.
All these little pieces work together to open and close your garage door hundreds of times every year. You may not think much of them while your garage door is working, but there’s nothing worse than trying to leave in the morning when your garage door isn’t working!
Here at Alpha Doors, we’ve compiled a few garage door maintenance tips to keep in mind for Nanaimo summers.
Garage Door Sensors in the Sunlight
Here in Nanaimo, we have beautiful, sunny summers. While this is great most of the time, direct sunlight can actually hinder the performance of your garage door. More specifically, the performance of your garage door sensors.
Basically, these sensors are meant to tell your garage door to go back up when fluffy the cat or anything else runs under your door while it’s closing. While these can be handy and can prevent fluffy from getting squished, it can be annoying when the only thing obstructing your door opening is sunlight.
A quick DIY fix can be to make “sun shades” for your sensors. These can be easily made out of paper or cardboard found around your home. If this still doesn’t work, feel free to call your local Nanaimo garage door repair company.
Garage Door Maintenance In Nanaimo Humidity
Here on the island, summertime is beautiful. However, our summers can get a bit humid. This humidity can cause a range of issues with the metal parts in your garage door.
To combat any damage from humidity, we recommend keeping a garage door lubricant on hand and lubricating your garage door parts once a month. Keeping these vital parts of your garage door lubricated can help prevent damage to your garage door torsion springs and keep garage door rollers from popping of their tracks.
However, if your garage door doesn’t sound like it’s running smoothly, you may want to check your garage door roller tracks. Cleaning them out and adding some lubricant can help them run more smoothly. This will keep your garage door opening and closing properly while eliminating annoying noise.
Fading Garage Door Paint
The paint on your door may not affect its performance, however, adding a fresh coat of paint to your garage door can add curb appeal to your home. It can also help you enjoy your home more. Besides, you likely look at your garage door every morning and evening when you leave and come home. If you’d like some tips on painting your home’s garage door, check out one of our previous articles, “Your Nanaimo Garage Door, Just Like New With a Coat of Paint”.
Keeping your garage door in working order is important. We all know how frustrating it is when your garage door doesn’t work when you’re trying to leave in the morning! We hope these summer maintenance tips help you maintain your Nanaimo garage door this summer. If you have any issues with your garage door and need help with maintaining or with garage door repairs, feel free to give us a call! We’d be happy to answer any questions or help with your garage door in any way we can.