How to Lubricate Garage Doors

To make sure your garage door runs smoothly, it should be lubricated every 3-6 months.

1. Guide Tracks: (Rolling Doors) Clean the internal sections of the guide tracks with a cloth dampened with mineral turps or methylated spirits. Polish vigorously to achieve a smooth, dirt and moisture resistant surface, allowing the flexible braid to glide more easily.

DO NOT USE GREASE OR OIL ON THE GUIDE TRACKS.

Take care as the edges of tracks may be sharp.

(Sectional Garage Doors) Should be cleaned as per rolling door instructions, but do not require polishing of the internal guide tracks.RP7 garage door lubrication

2. Steel Hinges: (If fitted). Sparingly lubricate with an all purpose machine oil. Also lubricate wheel to axle bearings.

3. Plastic Hinges: No lubrication is generally required, however silicon spray may be used if necessary.

4. Springs: (Where accessible). Wipe over with an oily rag.

5. Locks: Your lock does not require special maintenance, however if the key becomes stiff, a spray lubricant such as RP7 is recommended. Do not grease the lock.

6. Garage Door Openers: If you have an opener fitted to your garage door it is important that you ensure the optimum operation of your garage door, otherwise you may reduce the effective life of the opener, and void your opener warranty. For more information refer to the maintenance schedule in your opener’s instruction handbook.

7. Opener Chain: (If fitted). Lubricate with Chain Lube.

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How to Ensure Your Garage Door is Child-Safe

If you’re a parent, a grandparent or someone else who often has young people at your home, child safety is no doubt a priority in your life. You should know that garage doors, while wildly convenient, are also home appliances that are under massive amounts of tension. This tension helps garage doors operate properly, but it can also pose a threat to children if your garage door isn’t correctly maintained or fully working.auto reverse system

When your kids are old enough to be outside without constant supervision, you should teach them these easy lessons about garage door safety:

  • Before you close the garage door, make sure there are no people or animals standing in the garage door’s path.
  • Never leave your bike or any other toy in the garage door’s path.
  • When your kids don’t know how to properly use the garage door or how to keep themselves and others safe around it, there could be injuries or damage to the mechanisms. Avoid these outcomes by having a conversation about garage door safety with your family.

Here’s a look at garage door safety tips to help keep your children safe when playing in your garage or at your home:

  • Regular Maintenance: Get to know a provider of garage door maintenance in your area. Consider setting up regular maintenance appointments once a year. Your garage door professional of choice should be able to take care of a number of things, including testing of safety features, visual inspection for loose or damaged hardware, balance test, alignment test, lubrication test and more. Regular maintenance can identify problems before they spiral out of control, which should help promote child safety and reduce the chances of an accident. Regular maintenance also helps reduce costs. It’s far more affordable to address a problem before it renders your garage door completely inoperable than it is to wait for an emergency when your garage door clearly needs replacement parts.
  • Check Safety Features: Your garage door includes features that promote child safety, such as Infra-red Safety Beams. These features are required by law, and you should check to make sure they are working properly. Your garage door should have an auto-reversing safety feature that reverses anytime your garage door senses an object in the way before reaching its threshold. You can test this out right now. Simply place a roll of paper towels across the garage door’s threshold. Once the door senses the roll of paper towels in the way, it should automatically reverse. If it does not, then this safety feature is not working properly, and you should contact a professional to come as soon as possible to inspect your garage door. A good professional garage door provider can also check your door’s many other safety features.
  • Choose a Quality Garage Door: There’s one great place to start in promoting child safety with your garage door: purchasing a quality, dependable garage door with finger proof safety feature. You can always find off-brand, cheap alternatives, but these cheap alternatives don’t always deliver the quality and dependable performance you expect out of your garage door and its safety features. By choosing doors from trusted overhead door manufacturers, you’re investing in a track record of success. You can expect to get more for your money, and you can also expect the operation of your new garage door and its safety features to be more dependable when you choose a model made by a highly respected brand.

When you follow these safety tips for garage doors, you will feel more confident in knowing that your entire household is safe. Sometimes accidents happen. Accidents aren’t always possible to avoid. But when you and your family are aware of the possible dangers of your garage door and how to avoid them, accidents are less likely to occur.

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How Does Summer Weather Affect Your Garage Door?

When you buy your garage door, you will probably take the effects of weather on garage doors into consideration. For example, you may opt to purchase an insulated garage door to help keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Or you may buy a steel or composite door to help protect you against rain, hail or snow beating against your door.

But have you really thought about all the possible effects of weather on garage doors, especially summer weather? Here are some of the main summer weather issues you may encounter when it comes to your garage door.

DIRECT SUN RAYS ON YOUR SENSORSphoto electric beams

The photo eyes that let your garage door know it needs to go up so it doesn’t crash down on something in its way can’t always tell the difference between a beam of direct sunlight and an actual obstruction. If your garage door seems to be going up randomly, this may be the reason.

If you are having this problem, your only recourse may be to DIY some “eyeshades” out of cardboard or aluminium foil to protect your sensors from direct sunlight.

HUMIDITY

Humidity is the enemy of smooth, frictionless motion. When it gets hot, you may find that your garage door is sticking, not going up or down smoothly, or getting stuck.

To avoid or resolve this problem, always have garage door lubricant handy at least once a month, especially in the summer.

THUNDERSTORMS

A quality garage door should be able to stand up to your average summer thunderstorm without too many problems. However, summer thunderstorms can result in power outages.

If your power goes out, your garage door opener may not work. Make sure you know how to open and close your garage door manually. You may also want to invest in a battery backup for your garage door opener.

FADING

Over time, the sun beating down on your garage door may cause the paint to fade. While this does not affect the functioning of your garage door, how your garage door looks is important, too.

You’re probably careful to maintain the appearance of the rest of the exterior of your home, so don’t neglect your garage door. Give it a fresh coat of paint or stain every year or whenever you see it’s noticeably faded.

The best way to make sure your garage door will stand up to all manner of weather conditions is to start with a quality garage door.

Steel-Line has over 30 years of experience installing all kinds of garage doors for all kinds of homes, and we’d love to show you what we can do for your garage today.

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How Much Horsepower Does Your Garage Door Opener Need?

Your garage door is one of the largest and heaviest pieces of moving equipment in your home. You use it every single day and usually several times. That means you need it to run properly for convenient living. Having the right horsepower for your garage door opener is crucial. The horsepower needed for your garage door opener is dependent on the weight of your door and how frequently you use it.

Garage door openers are found in three different sizes, which are determined by horsepower. Listed below are the three different sizes and the suggested doors that can be used with them.horsepower garage door opener

1/3 HP: This type of horsepower is often used for single garage doors that are not heavy. Although it is used for lighter doors, one could get away with using it on a heavier door if they understood that they might need to replace the opener more often than one with more horsepower.

1/2 HP: This size opener works for a large number of households. It is the most popular out of the three and is recommended for single or double garage doors with average weight. This opener will only be efficient when the door is properly balanced and an opener with more horsepower will last longer.

3/4 HP: Certain garage doors, like wind rated garage doors, can be extremely heavy. These oversized and heavy doors will need an opener with ¾ horsepower. This is recommended by most due to the fact that it will last the longest and provide the best long-term outcome. This size opener is more expensive than the other two, but it is durable with the maximum amount of power and the longest-lasting.

All three sizes have benefits and can be seen on garage doors today. Whatever option you go with, make sure your garage door is properly balanced at all times. No matter how powerful your opener is, an unbalanced door will pose a problem.

If you’re trying to decide which garage door opener is for you, our product consultant will be able to recommend the right amount of horsepower depending on your very particular situation. Our well-trained technicians can help you install your garage door opener and ensure it is balanced properly.

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How to Maintain A Powder Coated Garage Door

If you want to maximise the life of your powdered coated garage door, it’s important to implement a simple and regular maintenance program.

How To Protect Your Powder Coating From The Environment:

Every state in Australia faces difference weather environments, therefore depending on your environment, different frequency rates will apply.

– The environment – if it is dry, has minor condensation, has high moisture or has significant contamination (interior); or a city, rural, industrial or coastal environment (exterior)

– The conditions – if it is a general or moderate condition (interior) or a mild, severe or tropical condition (exterior);

Some of the influencing factors that can impact the life of the powder coating include:

– Ultraviolet light

– Levels of atmospheric pollution including salts, dirt, grime that can all accumulate over time.

– Winds carrying airborne debris that can cause erosive wear of the coating e.g. sand causing abrasion

– Change in environmental circumstances e.g. if rural became industrial

– Microclimates eg. geothermal, alkaline or acidic

Your Care & Maintenance Schedule:

If you don’t live in a coastal area, a big city or urban area with lots of dust then maintenance would only be required every 12 months.

If your home is situated in the above-mentioned areas it’s recommended to carry out cleaning schedules every 6 months.

Additionally, if your garage door is sheltered, with rain unable to reach it, and therefore wash off dust, salt or dirt more frequent cleaning will be required.

The following table will help you identify the recommended minimum cleaning schedule. The table references AS4312 and ISO12944 Atmospheric corrosivity zones in Australia to define the environmental conditions.

Environment Conditions Corrosivity Zone Example Environments Recommended Minimum Cleaning
Exterior Environment Mild C2 Low Arid, urban, inland, city Every 12 months
C2 Medium Light industrial & coastal Every 6 months
Severe C4 High Sea shore (calm) Every 6 months
C5 Very high industrial Heavy industrial Every 3 months
C5 Very high marine Sea Shore (surf) Every 3 months
Tropical Tropical (T) High, humid and monsoonal Every 3 months
Interior Environments General interior C1 Very low Dry Every 12 months
C2 Low Minor condensation Every 12 months
Moderate interior C3 Medium High moisture Every 6 months
C4 High Significant contamination Every 3 months

Powder Coating Cleaning Instructions – A 3 Step Process:

The following 3 steps will provide you with all the information and instructions required to ensure your garage door withstands rain & shine long into the future.

  • using a wet sponge by gently rubbing the surface of the door carefully remove dirt & any other loose surface deposits.
  • Using a soft brush (make sure it’s non-abrasive) and a dilute solution of a mild detergent gently rub the surface until dirt, stains or particles are removed. For stains unable to remove only use recommended solvents on the affected area, don’t use extra strong solvents across the entire door. (examples of solvents that can be used on these areas are Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) or methylated spirits) Always rinse these areas off with clean water afterwards. IMPORTANT: refrain from using aggressive solvents.
  • After washing, rubbing and removing any stains and residues rinse the surfaces of your garage door with clean fresh water.

Important Information About Protecting Your Powder Coating – Do’s & Don’ts!

DO

DON’T

Protect all powder coated joinery Use aggressive solvents*
When building, renovating, plastering or painting around powder coated assets use approved tapes and films in accordance with the manufacturer’s instruction. Do not use turpentine, white spirits, thinners, citrus based cleaners or other aggressive solvents on powder coating.
Remove unwanted paint & sealants Rub powder coated surfaces excessively
Ensure all paint splatters or excess sealant are immediately removed before they dry. Do not rub powder coated surfaces excessively, especially metallic finishes.
Use recommended solvents for stubborn statins only Allow sunscreen to come into contract with coated surfaces
Use only Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) or methylated spirits and rinse off with clean fresh water. It is universally recognized some sunscreens adversely affect powder coated finishes.
Regularly inspect Neglect recommended care and maintenance schedules
Inspect your powder coating often and clean more regularly if required To comply Steel-Line powder coating warranties the recommended care and maintenance schedules must be adhered to.
Clean in mild conditions
Clean powder coated surfaces when the surface temperatures are below 25°C

Non approved solvents can cause damage that may not be visiable immediately and may take up to 12 months to appear.

NEED MORE HELP?

We have a team of dedicated consultants that can help you further simplify the above instructions. We will help you save time and money by providing the right coating advice for your project. You can get in touch with us on 1300 767 900 or contact us today.

How to Clean a Colorbond Garage Door

Your Colorbond steel garage door has been pre-painted with a special formulation, providing a long lasting and durable coloured finish. However good a product may be, all exposed surfaces require some attention to guard against corrosion and any other harmful atmospheric effects. Washing the garage door with clean water and a cloth at least every six months is recommended. More frequent washing is advised in salty or industrialised areas. For other custom and wooden garage doors consult the manufacturer’s instructions. Colorbond garage door

DO

  • Protect all powder coated joinery
  • Remove unwanted paint & sealants
  • Use recommended solvents for stubborn stains only
  • Regularly inspect
  • Clean in mild conditions

Don’t

  • Use aggressive solvents
  • Rub powder coated surface excessively
  • Allow sunscreen to come into contact with coated surfaces
  • Neglect recommended care and maintenance schedules

REMEMBER, WHEN YOU THINK OF CLEANING YOUR CAR, THINK OF YOUR GARAGE DOOR.

NOTE: THE OPENER IS AN ELECTRICAL APPLIANCE AND IT COULD BE EASILY DAMAGED IF IT GETS WET.

DO NOT WASH THE OPENER, AS IT WILL VOID THE WARRANTY AND COULD CAUSE ELECTROCUTION.

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