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Proper garage door maintenance

12/08/2014

Your garage doors need to be maintained and cared for year round in order to stop you having to replace them regularly. In fact, like most things, a little maintenance will help save you both time and money in the long run. Furthermore, lack of maintenance can cause security issues as well. Therefore, it is imperative that you spend just a short time each year preserving your garage doors.

In the summer, you will face problems that you need to ensure you resolve quickly. Here, our leading Huddersfield Garage door employees explore a few methods you should utilise to ensure your garage doors are protected as well as they can be during the hottest months of the year.

Insulating the Garage Door

Proper insulation of garage doors can help to maintain a steady temperature inside the garage. Insulating the door is equally important in the summer as it is in the winter even though it may not seem like this is the case.

Insulated garage doors can help keep the temperature comfortable even on the hottest of summer days. In fact, in some climates, hot days have the potential to disfigure poorly insulated garage doors. Furthermore, if situated underneath another room, can help control the temperature of that room in both the summer and winter months as well.

Take steps to prevent rusting

The grime collected on the garage door because of the hot and sticky weather requires proper washing and rinsing whenever it becomes noticeable. If you have aluminium or steel garage doors, you will need to use a detergent to remove the grime, but other doors might just require hot, soapy water and a good sponge.

After you have washed the door, make sure you apply a good-quality car wax. If you live near the coast, this is a necessity. At the same time, if it is a particularly humid summer, you should also look to wax the door.

In any case, never use abrasive, solvent-based and ammoniated chemical cleaners to get rid of grime, as these will do more harm than good.

The air during the summer months in Huddersfield carries much more moisture than the winter months, which can lead to the rusting of metallic surfaces of the garage doors. Any kind of paint flakes as well as the formed rust must be cleaned and removed from the steel properly.

After you have done that, you can apply a primer rich in zinc and then paint with a latex solution to avoid any future issues with rust.

Paint the garage door

Any type of oil-based paint and alkyd modified acrylic paint must not be used to paint your garage door. Instead, use exterior acrylic latex paint for the best results. Furthermore, make sure you paint the window frames and inserts for the best results.

Before you paint the garage door, ensure that the surface is dirt-free, oil-free and has no caulk, waxes and mildew. Only then should you begin with the painting. You may also want to think about sanding any plastic parts to remove any glossy accumulations.

If you are unsure about any garage door maintenance and require yours to be check by a professional Huddersfield based garage door company, please do not hesitate to contact us today on 01484 829 612.


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