How to Properly Maintain Your Garage Door

Just like any other part of your property, it is important that your garage door is looked after and well maintained. Your garage is often home to valuable, expensive objects and, therefore, should be checked to ensure it is operating safely and is strong enough. Additionally, regular maintenance can help to extend the lifespan of your garage door, spotting tiny issues before they become massive problems and saving you money on repairs or replacements as a result.

Experts recommend performing garage door assessments regularly (at least twice a year). The maintenance required is quick and easy; just follow our simple steps below!

#1 Perform a visual inspection

Standing inside the garage with the door shut, look over every part of the garage door, checking everything from the cables and hinges to the rollers and pulleys. You should look for any signs of damage or wear and tear, paying particular attention to any loose connections or fraying cables.

If something doesn’t look quite right, it’s best to call in an expert garage door technician at this point. It could be the sign of a more serious problem and they can conduct a thorough service of your garage door, conducting any repairs or remedial work necessary.

#2 Clean the garage door and its components

Firstly, you can quickly and easily clean the outside of the garage door by using detergent, water and a sponge. You can then rinse it using a garden hose.

Secondly, you can clean the interior mechanisms (such as the rollers, hinges, tracks and latches) with a penetrating oil, such as WD-40. You should then apply a light oil or lubricant to the same parts.

#3 Perform a balance test

If your garage door is automated, it is highly recommended that you check it is operating safely and correctly. This can be done by performing what is known as a ‘balance test’.

To do this, you must firstly disable the automatic opener. You should then lift the door manually to its halfway position. If it lifts easily with little resistance and stays in place, everything is ok. However, if the door falls to the lower position or continues to rise, it is likely that the door is unbalanced and you should contact a professional to make the necessary adjustments.

#4 Check the reversing mechanism

Most automatic garage doors feature a reversing mechanism. Developed to make the door as safe as possible, the reversing mechanism will stop the door from shutting (and instead reverse on itself) if something is detected to be underneath it. A crucial safety feature, it is incredibly important to maintain this function and, as such, you should check it regularly.

In order to test the reversing mechanism, you can simply lay a piece of wood on the floor in the centre of the garage door opening. Use the remote to close the door and make sure that, as the door reaches and strikes the wood, it then reverses. If it doesn’t, your garage door should be serviced by a professional.


Here at CDC Garage Doors we offer a comprehensive garage door supply, installation and maintenance service. If you require professional garage door maintenance, our experts can service your door, diagnose any problems and perform any repairs or remedial work necessary.

We also stock a huge range of garage door spares, including replacement springs, cables, rollers, locks, handles and remotes. Simply get in touch today for more information.

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