Simple Steps to Keeping a Garage Door Opening Smoothly

Move that Door Right Along—Smoothly on the Track, That Is!

The automatic garage door: it’s a thing of beauty, isn’t it? Well, if not aesthetically, then certainly practically. What we’re really talking about is how beautiful it is to have a door that opens with the push of a button. Who wants to climb in and out the car every time to open and close the door? Not us and, we’re pretty sure not you either.
But if your door and its opener fails, that means you’ll be you getting out of the car in the rain to open it. Nobody should have to endure that fate or—even worse—the fate of having a messy garage exposed to the neighbors because it’s taking you too long to close the door manually. Fortunately, there’s a few easy maintenance tips you can perform to make sure your door keeps working smoothly.

Keep A Lookout

Many garage door problems can be identified before they really become a big deal simply by taking the time to do a visual inspection of the door every other month or so. You’ll want to keep an eye out for things like broken springs, frayed wires and rust spots. Make sure the track isn’t bent or skewed out of shape, either.

Keep It Well-Oiled

Your garage door should be a well-oiled machine. We’re being literal here. A properly lubricated garage door won’t get stuck while it’s moving, and it’ll keep the wear and tear on all the parts of the door to a minimum. You’ll want to use a proper lubricant for the door. A spray lubricant such as WD-40 is your best bet. Lubricate the tracks, hinges and rollers of the door two times a year.

The Eyes Have It

For safety purposes, all garage doors manufactured since the early 1990s have to include a photo eye and reversal system to keep people from getting trapped under a closing door. If your door doesn’t have one of these, stop and contact us so that you can get one installed. If your door has one, you’ll want to periodically test it to make sure it’s working properly. To test the door, get a long object such as a broom and push the close button on the door. Wave the object in front of the eye. Should the door keep moving, wait till the door is closed and then clean the photo eye with a soft cloth. If that doesn’t fix it, you may need a new eye.

Even if you’re diligent about maintaining your garage door, you’ll still need a professional to repair and replace it when it breaks. Contact the Overhead Door Company of Portland to get your door in top working order.

How Your Garage Door Could Help Sell Your Property

Sell Your Home on Its Garage Without Even Cleaning It Out

Your garage door is more than a simple portal to your driveway. In addition to keeping your lawnmower safe, your door acts as your home’s most prominent calling card on the real estate market.

House-hunting homeowners could very well base their decisions on how nice your garage looks, and they may not even wait until they get inside to pass final judgement. Here are three little-known ways your garage door might be the key to selling your home

Going for Classic Style with the Ranch Look

Garage door treatments are commonly used to make homes appear more upscale. One way to give your property an element of laid-back, rustic aesthetic is to upgrade to a door that features naturalistic wood paneling. Many people find that these traditionally-styled building elements are a step above the standard fare because they add a bit of warmth to an otherwise imposing entryway.

Upgrading to the Hyper-Modern Aesthetic

You don’t have to decorate your home as if it’s an art gallery to feel like you’re living in modern times. Today’s garage door styles include a number of alternative materials, like tempered glass in clear or frosted tones. You can even install metallic doors that offer a bit more protection while still leaving plenty of room for customization.

Don’t Forget the Trimmings

Any aspiring home decorator is bound to make mistakes, but some faux pas are so heinous that they might actually lead to buyers asking for a discount. If your garage door is fresh and new, but its surroundings look like something out of a horror film, you’ll find it difficult to convince people that your property is worth the investment. Make sure that any garage renovation you undertake includes the area around the door itself. Reface brick or siding as needed, and upgrade your lighting to accentuate the new door.
Of course, remodeling isn’t all cosmetic; the seals around your door’s frame may be replaced, and the pavement leading up to it may require a resurfacing. These minor details are extremely important. No matter how good you are at choosing aesthetic elements that wow people and increase your home’s curb appeal, buyers are fickle. If they discover that you’re hiding a broken door mechanism or misaligned panels behind those well-maintained planters, you shouldn’t be surprised when you just can’t seem to get your asking price.

Ready to turn your garage door into the kind of gateway that sells homes? Check out the Overhead Door Company of Portland’s blog for more tips. You can also contact us directly for help with your most dire remodeling or repair emergencies, so feel free to reach out anytime.