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How to Keep Your Garage Door Looking New

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Keeping your garage door looking new is an often overlooked task! Even houses that have neatly manicured lawns, trimmed trees, and clean siding are often accompanied by dirty garage doors. If this describes your home, don’t worry. It’s not too late! These very simple garage door maintenance tips will keep your garage door looking new for a long time!

All garage doors need to be maintained. Most new garage doors have special advanced coatings that significantly reduce the effects of the elements on your doors. However, even the best garage doors require maintenance. Wood garage doors especially need to be properly maintained for maximum garage door life.

If you recently purchased a garage door, or need help upkeeping yours, this is the guide for you!

Wood Garage Door Maintenance

With proper maintenance, a wood garage door can look classic and clean. Although wood garage doors need to be painted and stained more frequently than fiberglass and steel doors, they can still last a very long time. The main stresses on wood garage doors are weight, moisture, and sun.

Your garage door’s curb appeal isn’t everything. The interior appearance of your garage door is just as important! Dirt and gunk build-up on the tracks and other hardware is very common. Also, sagging doors from lack of inspection will make your garage look droopy and old. A simple maintenance schedule will prevent many expensive repairs or replacements in the future.

Maintenance will vary depending on your physical location, but a standard wood garage door maintenance schedule will look like this:

  • Every 2 months:

    • Use a standard window cleaner and cloth or paper towels to clean any windows

    • Wipe down hinges, handles, tracks, and rollers with a dry cloth

  • 1-2 times per year:

    • Examine the wood garage door for cracks and other structural damage

    • Wash the exterior and interior of the wood garage door

      • Create a water and 10% bleach solution

      • Use a sponge to hand wash the wood garage door thoroughly

      • Rinse off with water immediately and let dry

    • Have your garage door inspected and maintained by a professional

  • Every 2-6 years:

    • Consider painting or staining the exterior of the door, if needed, using high quality, weatherproof products

    • Replace or paint metal hinges and handles when necessary

      • Thoroughly clean the door using a 10% bleach solution

    • Consider overhauling your garage door

Steel Garage Door Maintenance

Steel garage doors are very strong and capable of lasting a very long time. Their coatings allow them to resist sunlight and moisture extremely well. However, steel is still susceptible to rust and needs to be maintained. The maintenance schedules for steel garage doors and fiberglass garage doors are virtually identical, so be sure to check out the maintenance schedule for steel and fiberglass garage doors below!

Fiberglass Garage Door Maintenance

Fiberglass garage doors have many of the same properties as steel garage doors with some minor differences. Many fiberglass garage doors are finished to look like wood garage doors, so pay attention to your materials.

Maintenance will vary depending on your physical location, but a standard steel and fiberglass garage door maintenance schedule will look like this:

  • Every 2 months:

    • Use a standard window cleaner and cloth or paper towels to clean any windows

    • Wipe down hinges, handles, tracks, and rollers with a dry cloth

  • 1-2 times per year:

    • Examine the steel garage door for structural damage

    • Wash the exterior and interior of the garage door

      • Create a water and mild household detergent solution

      • Use a sponge to hand wash the steel or fiberglass garage door thoroughly

      • Rinse off with water immediately and let dry

    • Have your garage door inspected and maintained by a professional

  • Every 2-6 years:

    • Consider painting or staining the exterior of the door, if needed, using high quality, weatherproof products

    • Replace or paint metal hinges and handles when necessary

      • Thoroughly clean the door using the same mild household detergent solution

    • Consider overhauling your garage door

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