Garage Doors 101: Causes of Premature Wear and Tear

Garage DoorAs long as their garage door still opens and closes when prompted, many homeowners don’t give much thought to their garage doors. However, take note that your garage door is a crucial component of your home, especially when it comes to your family’s security.

Why Do Garage Doors Break Down?

  • There are many things that could result in your garage door requiring a repair or a full replacement. Your children using it as a hockey or soccer goal, volleyball partner, or reckless drivers in your family bumping on it could all lead to minor or major dings, bumps, and dents. These seemingly inconsequential damages will remove the garage door’s protective paint in time, which could lead to rot on wooden doors or rust development on steel doors that could compromise its integrity.
  • Weather and regular use play a critical role in the service life of your garage door. Understand that your garage door contains moving components such as springs, the motor, cables, and panels. While your door might look fine on the outside, noted that these moving components would begin to break down before you know it. Multiple operations every day, coupled with pounding rain, high winds, severe cold, or extreme heat could all contribute to your garage door’s daily wear and tear.
  • Vehicles, lawnmowers, or ATVs bumping your garage door or its track could contribute to misalignment of the entire door. A twisted or bent frame could prevent it from closing or opening effortlessly, which could then cause unwarranted wear and tear on the motor or prevent it from properly closing. In turn, this could create a situation where pesky critters like rodents and insects, the weather, and intruders could access your home easily.

With regular inspections and maintenance, as well as prompt repairs whenever needed, you could extend the service life of your garage door. However, you should likewise inform your children and all the drivers in your family to help in maintaining the garage door by avoiding the above-mentioned causes of premature wear and tear. Otherwise, be prepared for unscheduled and more expensive repairs.