4 Tips for Preventing Garage-Door Damage

Posted on: 12 July 2016

The garage door is something that you likely use every day when you back your car out and park your car inside the garage. The use of your garage door increases even more if you park more than one car inside of the garage or if you leave the house multiple times throughout the day. This is why damage to garage doors is so common. However, there are plenty of ways to prevent damage. Here are the best four tips to help you do so.

  1. Test the Self-Reverse: Whenever an object is in the way of the garage door, preventing it from shutting all way, the door should reverse on its own until the object is removed. Sometimes the self-reverse feature can become damaged, so it's important test this feature of your garage door regularly. To do this, you will want to place a roll of paper towels in front of the detection beams at the base of the garage door. If the garage door shuts on the roll of paper towels, you will most likely have to adjust the detection beams or have them replaced. A broken self-reverse feature can lead to significant damages and potential disasters in the future. 
  2. Listen to the Garage Door: Every once in a while, you should listen to the garage door open and shut. If you notice any unusual sounds or creaking noises, this can indicate that it's either time to lubricate the track and springs of the garage door or time to replace certain moving parts. Try lubricating the springs and track first. If there are still unusual noises after that, then you will want to hire professionals to inspect and replace any of the moving components that are damaged. 
  3. Keep the Door Clear: There should be no boxes stacked near the garage door, and there should be nothing leaning against the garage door. If any items were to fall on the garage door, that could cause damage, and if the garage door were opened while something were leaning against it, not only the door but also the vehicle trying to pull in or out could be damaged. 
  4. Keep Remotes out of Reach of Children: If you have children, it's important that they are not able to get their hands on the garage door remote. Whenever you have the remote inside of the house, keep it high out of reach. You should also ensure that the opener attached to the wall in the garage is high enough that they cannot reach it. Children love to push buttons, and if they are constantly messing with the opener, they could cause damage to the functioning of the garage door. 

When you consider these four tips for preventing garage door damages, you can save a significant amount of time and money on repairing the garage door over the years.