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Garage Door Maintenance

What type of care and maintenance is necessary for a steel door and hardware?

It is recommended that you wash your steel door a minimum of one time per year with: One cup of Tide® (or other common detergents which contain less than 0.5% phosphate), dissolved into five gallons of warm water. NEVER BLEND CLEANSERS OR DETERGENTS WITH BLEACH.
The use of a well-soaked cloth, sponge, brush (with very soft bristles) or low pressure spray washer is recommended. Once the door is washed, thoroughly rinse with clean water to eliminate the possibility of residue.

In addition, lubrication of rollers and hinges is recommended on a yearly basis. Visually inspect springs and cable for wear and binding once each year and contact a professional garage door dealer/installer if damage is suspected. Do not attempt to remove, repair or adjust springs. HIGH SPRING TENSION CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.

Maintaining Your Painted or Stained Wood Door

The two major contributing factors to the breakdown of the doors' finish (ultimately resulting in rotting and warpage) are sun and moisture. Annually examine your door for any signs of paint finish cracking or peeling or for any cracks in the wood door section. If the door is painted, the manufacture recommends that it be repainted every 1-2 years to protect or seal the door against the elements. Failure to do so will result in voiding of the warranty. If the door is stained, reapply stain as needed per the stain manufacturers' recommendations. In general, the clearer the stain, the more it will need to be reapplied.

 Minor cracks in the wood should be repaired by filling in the area with an exterior grade caulk compound and then refinished following the previous instructions. Failure to repair cracks could potentially lead to more extensive section damage in the future. If extensive damage occurred to the door, the door manufacturer recommends that the door section be replaced. Failure to do so could result in damage or injury to property or individuals in the garage.

Lubrication (Every 3-6 Months)

Steel Hinges: Sparingly lubricate with an all purpose machine oil. Also lubricate wheel to axle bearings.
Plastic Hinges: No lubrication is generally required, however silicon spray may be used if necessary.
Springs: Wipe over with an oily rag.
Locks: Your lock does not require special maintenance, however if the key becomes stiff, a spray lubricant is recommended. Do not grease the lock.
Opener Chain: Lubricate with Chain Lube

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