The lifespan of your garage door depends on a variety of factors, among them the materials used to construct the door, how often the door is used and whether regular preventative maintenance is performed.
With regular tune-ups, many garage door models will last between 30 years and a lifetime. Without proper preventative maintenance, however, the door can fail in as little as 10 years or less, leaving you footing the bill to replace it. The good news is, there are a number of steps you can take to extend the life of your garage door and minimize the chances you will have to purchase a new one.
Replace the Door Springs Regularly
Among the most common reasons homeowners have to call in a garage professional are issues with the garage door springs. The life expectancy of most garage door springs is given in “cycles” as opposed to years, with each time the garage door opens and closes being considered a cycle.
There are different life expectancies for torsion springs, or those found above the door, than for tension springs, which can be found either on the sides of the garage door or above its tracks. Despite these differences, the bottom line is that the more frequently your garage door opens and closes, the sooner you will have to replace the springs to avoid additional problems.
Properly Lubricate Its Moving Components
Over time, the components of your garage door that regularly move about will suffer wear. While you can replace many of these garage door parts to avoid having to purchase an entirely new opener down the line, this isn’t always necessary or cost-effective, and it can often be avoided just by applying lubricant to its springs, hinges and other moveable elements. If you aren’t sure which parts of your garage door need regular lubrication, ask a professional to provide a checklist during your annual garage door tune-up.
How Preventative Maintenance Pays Off
Much like your car, your garage door operates best when a little preventative maintenance is performed. Having an annual garage door tune-up is a great way to catch any existing issues before they become more substantial, and it also gives you an opportunity to find out if any of your door’s components need a little TLC.
Malfunctioning garage doors can prove dangerous. However, performing preventative maintenance not only enhances safety, but also extends the life of the door, saving you money and stress by helping you avoid unnecessary and costly repairs.
For more on extending the life of your garage door or to schedule an annual tune-up, call Patrick’s Garage Door Co. at (503) 407-0013 today.