Wooden garage doors offer a gorgeous and sophisticated visual aesthetic to your home. The rich colors of wood can match any house, making it a popular choice among homeowners. To keep your wooden garage doors looking their best, you will want to perform some simple, routine monthly maintenance steps. Here is a guide on how to take care of your wooden garage doors:
Smooth the Wood
You will want to inspect the wood monthly to ensure that no pests, such as termites, have made a meal of your door. Also, keep an eye out for signs of rot or signs of damage such as cracks or chips. To check for pests or signs of rot, you will need to call an exterminator or garage door specialist to help fix the damage and return your garage door to its former beauty.
Ridding the Garage Door of Chips and Cracks
Chips and cracks are not a huge cause for concern as they happen naturally as wood ages. There is a simple DIY fix that every homeowner can perform to get their wood back to its original form. Simply begin by removing any splintered wood and then, using sandpaper, sand the newly exposed wood. This will create a smooth surface that will better protect your door against water damage and insect infestations.
Clean Your Garage Door
Keeping your garage door clean not only keeps it looking its best, but it also helps to lessen the chances of damage going unnoticed. To clean your garage door, you will want to use regular dish soap and water. A cloth or a soft sponge will work to help remove the dirt and grime from the door. Do not use abrasive scrubbers as doing so can remove the finish from the wood.
Make sure to carefully clean the interior and exterior of the wood to thoroughly remove the dirt, dust, and grime. Once the door is cleaned, allow it to dry before reapplying a finish.
Lubricate the Mechanisms
Another important step for all garage door maintenance is the lubrication of the mechanical parts. If your garage door is stiff or making screeching noises when it opens or closes, it is time to oil these parts. Carefully follow the directions on the garage door manual to ensure that you are not over oiling the parts. Over oiling can cause dirt to build up and negatively affect the performance of your garage door over time. As you are oiling the moving parts, pay attention to whether or not there are signs of damage on tracks, such as warping.
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