Nature is reborn during the spring but we like to engage in home improvements during the summer, when the weather is stabilized, the days are longer and, theoretically, we have more time for handiwork. When you think of home improvements, prioritize your needs and put garage door maintenance at the top of your list. If spring was time for gardening, summer is the perfect season to take care of garage door problems, improve its appearance, fix rust issues and clean the panel and mechanism well.
The importance of garage door service
Technical work comes first. If the mechanism doesn’t work properly, it is pointless to dress it up with beautiful colors. Your goal is not merely to improve the image of your house but, mainly, to make sure that your garage door can serve you at its best, protect your house and family efficiently, and keep all threats away. So, garage door service has priority and your job is to check all parts. If you don’t have the time or experience, Homeland Garage Doors Toronto is available to assist you. At the end of the day, openers, springs, cables and any vital, secondary or tiny part must be in the right place, well-lubricated, properly repaired and ready to complete each cycle with success.
Cleaning the garage doors
This is the fun part of the maintenance. You will need water, mild detergents and sponges. You need to be very careful when you clean up the garage door parts and avoid water in the electrical ones. You must clean well the sensors because excessive dust may keep them from working properly and then focus on the panel. As you are scrubbing the surface of the door, look for signs of rust, if you have metal doors or mold, if the doors are made of wood. These are signs of decay and you must scrub them off efficiently. Remember to be gentle with wood garage doors and let them dry well. If the old painting has started to peel off, you need to remove it completely as you are washing the door. You need to make sure the door is sparkling!
Paint you garage door for protection
You have maintained, cleaned and scrubbed off the old painting and, thus, the hard part of preparation is over. Get ready to be creative! Get your brushes ready and pick the best powder coat on the market. You need to remember two things:
- You must pick coatings according to the material of the door. Natural wood, which is far more sensitive to elements, would require an extra layer of a special coating that would increase its resistance.
- Garage door painting does not serve solely aesthetic purposes. It is also a method to protect the material from the hot temperatures of the summer and prepare it for the cold days of winter. Hence, you must choose two different coatings. One would be for protection and must be applied first and the second one would be the color.
Painting the panel is not hard. It would be a piece of cake if you have painted the walls of your house in the past. If you have gathered your brushes and coatings, you will just need to wear gloves and cover the garage door tracks. One drop of painting in the tracks would prevent rollers from sliding smoothly. When you apply the first layer, you must let it dry well before you proceed with the second one and the hot summer days will be helpful. Of course, it would be wise to consult with the weather predictions a couple of days before to ensure that this day won’t be windy at all. You don’t want tree leaves sticking on your freshly painted door.
Choose the color wisely. If you are bored with the classic white, select another one or a combination of shades but it would be prudent to avoid intense colors. They are beautiful but they might tire you pretty soon. Soft colors are more appropriate, especially if you like classic looks.
It is a tiring task but the freshly painted, well washed and maintained garage doors will beautify your property and ensure your house will be properly protected when you are away for vacations.