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Garage door maintenance: How Often Should You Service It?


Garage Door Maintenance

Your garage door is an important part of your home, providing security, convenience, and curb appeal. To keep it functioning properly and extend its lifespan, it's essential to service your garage door on a regular basis. But how often should you schedule a maintenance check?


The recommended frequency for servicing your garage door depends on a few key factors:

1. Usage - Garage doors that are opened and closed multiple times per day will require more frequent maintenance compared to those that see lighter use. Homes with multiple drivers accessing the garage will need servicing more often.


2. Age of the door - Newer garage door systems can often go longer between service appointments, approximately 12-18 months. Older doors, over 10 years, may need to be checked every 6-12 months.


3. Type of door - Heavy-duty steel or wood garage doors tend to require more ongoing maintenance than lighter vinyl or aluminum models.


As a general rule of thumb, most garage door experts recommend scheduling a professional inspection and tune-up every 6-12 months. This allows a technician to identify any issues, tighten hardware, lubricate moving parts, and ensure all safety features are working correctly.


In between professional servicing, there are also some simple maintenance tasks homeowners can do themselves, such as:

- Visually inspecting the door and hardware for signs of wear

- Cleaning the door and tracks

- Checking the balance and reversing mechanism

- Lubricating moving parts


By staying on top of regular garage door maintenance, you can keep your system operating smoothly and safely for years to come. Don't wait until you encounter a problem - be proactive about service to protect your investment.


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