Garage Door Repair

Regular Maintenance of your Up and Over Garage Door

Posted on July 28, 2021 at 8:58 am

When a garage door is used regularly, and the owner does not carry out regular maintenance, the lifting and weight-bearing parts, the door can become damaged.  This damage can cost a significant amount to repair and mean that your garage is out of action whilst you await an engineer.

To prolong the life of an up and over garage door, the owner needs to undertake essential regular maintenance.  This can include using grease and oil on the levers and bolt, ensuring dust and debris are removed from the moving parts and cleaning the door of grime. These small steps can help avoid a hefty bill for replacement parts.

Of course, things can go wrong with the garage door that requires a repair, including rusted nuts and bolts, levers become slightly bent, or wires could snap. Regular maintenance of these areas can, of course, help to identify issues before it becomes a major repair.

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Top Three Garage Door Paints?

Posted on April 11, 2021 at 2:47 pm

Over time it is inevitable that your garage door paint will start to fade and chip. When this happens it if very important that you freshen it up with new paint to keep the material below from rusting or degrading. When choosing the paint to use on your garage door, it is not advised to choose just any old outdoor paint, but a paint or enamel that is specifically designed for garage doors. Garage doors are exposed to the elements and have to endure heavy usage.

Best Recognised Garage Door Paints

1. Rust-Oleum Universal Paint is a paint and primer all in one and is ideal for wood and galvanised or ferrous metal.

2. International 10 Year Enamel is a long-lasting and less expensive option that is formulated for metal garage doors.

3. Hammerite Garage Door Paint is another excellent option designed for metal or wood garage doors.

There are of course other options out there but these three are some of the best in the UK and highly recommended for when it is time for your to give your garage door a refresh.

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Getting your electric garage door serviced

Posted on June 25, 2017 at 1:27 pm

If your electric garage door is beginning to play up, you may want to get it checked over before it becomes a big issue. Electric garage doors certainly do require servicing over years, even when they don’t have any obvious issues. A regular service will help to reduce the risk of faults occurring throughout the year.

Faults with garage doors could be due to an electrical issue within the doors sensor or remote system, but it could also have mechanical faults too. Mechanical faults can include faulty springs, worn runners, or alignment of the tracks. There may be dirt and debris build up over time that can also reduce the correct functioning of the garage door.

Hiring a professional to take a look at your garage door may save you a great deal of money in the long term, as they will be able to spot a potential problem before it occurs, reducing the cost of repair considerably.

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Fixing Peeling Paint on a Typical Steel Garage Door

Posted on February 23, 2015 at 8:35 am

The unfortunate news with certain types of Garage Door paints is the tendency to degrade over a long period of time, meaning that the cost of maintenance increases. he manufacturer’s standard garage door paint will eventually, after some time, peel off and chip off due to constant exposure to the elements, making it a hassle for home owners to continue to repaint it each year.

Typically this occurs on mainly steel garage doors and if the paint hasn’t been applied in the appropriate fashion then this can also peel off. Even worse results would be seen if the wrong type of paint was used to cover a garage door. Unlike the typical wooden garage doors, steel doors do not have the typical porous surface that readily absorbs paint. Steel is a non-porous material that does not absorb paint like wood does and it will need to be lightly roughened in order to make microscopic grooves to which the paint adheres.

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Repairing a Roller Shutter

Posted on August 25, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Previously, we’ve discussed how to avoid damage and repair a garage door, but we haven’t really gone into how to do this for a roller shutter door, as this can be a more complex process.

Unlike a more basic garage door, such as an up-and-over door, or even a sectional overhead, a roller shutter has a tracking mechanism, which everybody who has ever owned a bike will be able to attest to, can sometimes be knocked out of alignment, and cease to function. Because the roller shutter has a far more limited capacity than a bicycle, mobility is less of a demand, and the risk of running out of alignment is much lower, but it can happen. The trick to avoiding this from happening is to not constantly start and stop the door’s opening and closing part-way through, so that the stress of the tracking mechanism is lessened. If the tracking stops working, we would suggest that you hire a professional, unless you’re very familiar with working with similar mechanics, as taking the operating mechanism of a roller shutter apart could cause more damage.

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