DIY Garage Door Maintenance

Your garage door gets a lot of use, so it’s important to keep it in good working order. Here are some basic tips for maintaining a garage door properly.

  • As part of a regular maintenance program, test all moving parts of the garage door to ensure none are broken or bent.
  • Regularly lubricate springs, hinges, rollers, rails and axles with a 30 W or other light household oil and check axles for tightness. Do not lubricate tracks.
  • Every now and then, wash the inside and outside of the door with a soft cloth and diluted household detergent to protect the finish. Just like a car, you can also apply a layer of wax to protect against dirt and moisture.
  • Check the sensitivity of the garage door opener and if necessary, adjust it, using your owner’s manual as a guide.
  • If your garage door is made of wood, it will require more maintenance, with an occasional coat of paint inside and out and caulking applied to cracks or gaps. Do not paint tracks or locks.
  • Regularly check the weather seal strip along the bottom of the door and replace if it appears cracked or broken.
  • Check for rust on all metal parts and apply a suitable preparation to any spots you find.

garage door repairIMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE:

Your garage door is usually the largest moving piece of equipment installed and attached to the home or building. As such, its weight can approach or exceed 150kg. ADJUSTING SPRING TENSION is a DANGEROUS PROCEDURE and may cause physical injury if improperly performed, and should be performed ONLY by qualified door service personnel.


How to Convert Your Carport Into a Garage

A carport conversion is one of the best and most cost-effective ways to create extra storage space and protection for your vehicle, with the opportunity to increase the value of your house.

You already have the roof and cement slab, so half the expense and half the work is already done. All you need to do is:

  • Fill in the spaces between the posts with studs for the cladding
  • Build a frame for the garage door
  • Install the cladding
  • Install the garage door
  • Have an electrician wire the garage.

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There are plenty of options for your new garage, including:

  • Insulation – roof and wall insulation will keep it cooler in summer and warmer in winter, but you will need to install a ceiling and interior cladding first. An insulated garage door will not only keep your garage warm in winter and cool in summer, but it also reduces your energy bills.
  • Window – consider at least one window to provide natural light and ventilation. You can also install a garage door with window or ventilation.
  • Paint – you can paint the exterior to match your home, or you can choose Colorbond or Zincalume cladding in a complementary colour.
  • Electric door opener – you can choose from several styles of automatic garage doors, but whatever you choose will need to be properly mounted. If you are at all unsure about this, it would be wise to have your supplier install it for you.

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Does Your Garage Door Open by Itself?

It seems like an unusual problem to have, but it is possible! If your automatic garage door opens by itself, it can be a security concern for your property.

Find out what’s causing your garage door to open on its own and how to stop it with these tips.

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Check Everything Over

Firstly, do a quick look over the door and the automatic mechanism. When a garage door opens on its own, the issue might be a loose wire in the motor, or the sensor may be stopping the door from closing completely. Other things to look for are bare or pierced wires, and damaged casing around the motor. If you find problems with the wiring, call a service technician to come and take a look.

Undue strain on the opener may also cause problems, so test the weight of the door regularly by manually opening it. If you find it difficult to open, call a technician to examine it and find the source of the problem.


Have Your Door Serviced

An automatic opener, just like other mechanical devices, needs regular servicing to keep it in good working order. Dust it thoroughly and wipe down the chains and sensors to ensure they can receive a clear signal.

In addition to the opener, other parts of a garage door require maintenance as well. Springs, hinges and rails need regular dusting and oiling to prevent seizing.

If you want to adjust the sensitivity of the garage door opener to prevent accidental opening and closing, you can do this yourself by following the instructions in the owner’s manual.


Check for Interference

For some older models of garage openers, radio frequency interference can be a problem. Baby monitors, wireless door chimes, heating systems and other equipment that uses wireless transmission can interfere with the signal to your automatic opener. Try switching off the devices and trying your garage door remote again.


A garage door that opens on its own is definitely a security concern, so it’s worthwhile having it inspected. Steel-Line Garage Doors service division can help with maintenance requests, ensuring your door functions safely and securely. Call us today: 1300 767 900.

Things You Need to Know Before Repainting a Garage Roller Door

When your garage door is showing its age, it can drag down the appearance of the whole property. The good news is, you can enhance the look of the door with a quick coat of paint.

Get some tips on how to paint a roller door before you start to avoid any mishaps! These are the things you need to know:


Preparation is Key

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Before you start, there are some essential preparation steps to follow to get the door ready, starting with a good cleaning.


  • Grab yourself a cloth or a small brush and remove any dust on the garage door.
  • Give the door a thorough clean with an all-purpose cleaner to remove dirt and grime.
  • Rinse the door with clean water.

Once the door is clean, cover the handles and any trimmings with painter’s tape.


Remove old Paint and/or Rust

For the best results, remove any existing paint or rust from your garage door. You can either sand the paint off by hand, or use a sanding tool to speed up the removal. When you’re removing the paint, you can move the door up and down to make it easy to reach every spot.



Your Safety is Important

When preparing and painting garage roller doors, your safety should be a big consideration. Wear a dust mask and some goggles to protect yourself while you sand, prime and paint. Make sure any ladders are secure before you climb onto them, especially while using sanders and other power tools.


Product Choice is Important

To ensure a good paint job, you’ll need to choose the right primer and paint products for the material of your garage door. In most cases, a latex outdoor primer will be suitable, but check with the paint retailer before purchasing. A semi-gloss paint is the best option for painting garage doors, as it’s quite low-maintenance. Using a paint sprayer ensures a more even finish without leaving brush marks.


Paint in the Right Conditions

When it comes to repainting garage doors, the weather should be just right. Weather that is too hot or too cold can affect the paint job, so try to paint on a day that is warm and dry. Too hot and the door may expand, making it hard for the paint to adhere properly to the surface. A second coat of paint may be needed for even coverage, but be sure to allow time for the first coat to dry first.


Following these tips can help to ensure the best results if you’re repainting a garage roller door yourself. Good luck!

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.




Garage Door Safety Tips

Garage doors can pose a risk to the if they are not properly maintained. DIY Network provided some useful tips to keep you and your family safe.

  • Regularly test the reverse mechanism and electric eye on your garage door by placing a roll of paper towels under the door and then lowering it. If the door fails to stop and reverse when it encounters the towels, have the door inspected by a professional as soon as possible.
  • Never adjust the torsion springs on manual garage doors without using the right tools, the owner’s manual guide and taking appropriate care. These springs are under extreme pressure and can be very dangerous if mishandled.
  • If you have small children, place the control switch for the garage door opener at least five feet above the ground to prevent them from reaching it.
  • When buying a new garage door, look for one that has a pinch-proof design, which prevents fingers from being caught between panels as the door opens or closes.
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