Planned maintenance for your commercial garage doors is as important as the maintenance of your car or any other machinery. This can save you from additional expenditure with major repairs. As we know there are multiple problems that might arise due to improper maintenance. If you have opted for an automatic garage door, it tends to add to the complications. These garage doors are normally huge in size and thus tend to have mechanical parts that wear and tear, which require adjustment and realignment without which it can be difficult to lift or even move. Following few tips can make this maintenance easy.
Adjustments and Lubrication
Go through the operating manual and find out how often the garage door needs to be lubricated so that it can operate correctly. For the adjustments of a garage door, it is advisable to opt for professional help. These professionals have the required knowledge and expertise in the adjustment. Avoiding any errors is essential. Most manufacturers have their own service personnel who would come for routine repairs and as well are available for emergency services also.
You can opt for an inspection service on a quarterly basis or even after a period of six months. This depends on the quality of the garage door you have opted for. For the inspection of a commercial garage door, you need to ensure that the following are covered.
Springs, which are in constant use and can be the cause of severe injury if not inspected in an appropriate manner. The springs have been wound under high tension.
- Cables and brackets need to be inspected.
- Fasteners need to be adjusted only by professionals.
- Loose screws and bolts.
- Wear and tear of the hinges.
- Excessive wear of the roller.
Observation of the garage door
Every time you use commercial garage door observe if the movement is smooth and there are no weird noises being generated. Ensure that both the sides of this system are symmetrical; this includes the pulleys, springs and cables.
Checking the Balance of the Garage Door
In case you have opted for the automatic garage doors, disconnect the automatic opener and open the door manually. This should be a smooth operation with no resistance. It should be able to open to at least 4 feet above the ground. If this is difficult, you need professional help for the adjustment.
Irrespective of the type of material used in the rollers, they need to be checked every six months and replaced after a period of seven years. Chipped or worn out rollers need to be replaced immediately. Check the seal strip and replace this if you find it has worn out.
Clearing the tracks
The tracks of the commercial garage doors need to be cleared of any debris. This ensures the smooth movement of the door. Any adjustment done should be carried out by professionals only. Check out the condition of the doors as wooden commercial garage doors tend to warp or get damaged due to water or moisture.
Professional for the Maintenance
Choosing professionals can be convenient if you search online. Before opting for a specific one ensure they are well reputed and experienced in handling all types of commercial garage doors. Look for warranties on the work done so that there are no additional expenses to be incurred in the future. A professional has the required knowledge to identify even the smallest of problems associated with commercial garage doors. There are multiple companies offering free services for the evaluation of these doors. All that is required is a proper research before opting for these professionals. Do not forget to compare the different prices quoted for garage door maintenance.