New Year’s Resolutions aren’t just for personal growth and development. In 2018, make a resolution to upgrade your garage regularly to keep it in peak condition for years to come. In this blog, we’ve put together a list of easy upgrades that you can start yourself.
Adjust and Lubricate Every 1-2 Years
An annual garage door tune-up is our choice for the easiest way to keep your garage working properly. There are preventative maintenance checks that experts can perform regularly to identify any underlying problems with your garage door. This includes lubricating the moving parts to keep chains and springs running smoothly.
Upgrade to A Fully Insulated Steel Door
Without much insulation, your garage can lose valuable heat through the garage door, which could lead to higher energy bills. That’s where different materials can help keep heat inside the garage. Consider the following benefits of steel doors:
- Available in various thicknesses
- Low maintenance
- Higher overall R-value
Upgrade the Opener
In older homes especially, garage door openers can be outdated. If you notice that yours is particularly noisy or doesn’t work during power outages, it may be time to upgrade your garage door opener. It’s also important that the garage has a safety reversal feature to prevent accidents, which now comes standard with new openers.
Keep the sensors clean
The garage door safety sensors, also called photo eyes, are installed on both sides of the garage door near the floor. If blocked or covered in any way, the sensors won’t work properly, creating a safety hazard for those using the door. When working properly, the sensors should force your garage door to reverse before hitting an object or person in the sensor’s line of sight. Give your garage sensors a routine check to ensure they’re free of dirt, dust, and cobwebs.
Maintain the Weather Seal
Keeping the elements out of your garage is important everywhere, especially in the rainy Portland area. The weather seal, located at the base of your garage door, can suffer wear and tear over time which causes water to leak in. Replacing the weather seal is just one of many ways you can waterproof your garage and prevent excess moisture.
These are just a handful of the several easy steps you can take to upgrade your garage door in 2018. The garage door specialists at Larry Myers Garage Doors can provide an expert’s touch to your DIY garage door projects and will happily tackle the technical upgrades. Contact us when you’re ready to upgrade your garage. We serve home and business owners in the Portland and Vancouver areas!