Garage doors, once installed, require proper maintenance and care to give you long-lasting solutions. More often than not the manufacturers will leave you with a manual at the time of installation of the garage hardware. Study through the instructions that are related to the steps that you have to take in the event of an emergency. It is also essential to go through the general instructions regarding the maintenance of the garage-door hardware.
One thing you have to be careful is that never try your hand at repairing the garage door if you do not have the proper tools and more importantly, the required technical expediency. The metal parts of the door will need lubrication from time to time. The metallic hardware components such as hinges may wear over time thus necessitating the need for lubrication.
The hardware has to be given thorough examination at least on a monthly basis for any indication of wear. The springs, rollers, pulleys and cables are some of the parts that will require this type of examination. While handling wires and springs, adequate care has to be taken as they are mostly under high tension. It is better to hire professional assistance in case you find the need for replacement of any of the above mentioned parts.
It is equally important to give a check of the balance of the door. This has to be done regularly at least once or a couple of times in a year. The installation of electric opener to the garage will require careful attention. Professional help can be sought in this case too. While conducting any operations in repair, caution has to be taken that you keep your hands off all the moving parts. In case you use electric opener, keep the remote controller out of the reach of children since there is a considerable amount of force involved in the operation. It is best to go for a model of electric opener which can automatically detect any obstacles.
The garage door will need a thorough wash using mild detergents at least four times a year. This will check the building up of any corrosive substances on your garage hardware.