How To Prevent Garage Door Rust

One reality of our garage doors is that most of them are steel, with steel hardware and mechanisms. The great thing about steel garage doors and mechanisms is that they’re durable, hardworking, and lightweight, making them an excellent material for a garage door. One drawback about steel garage doors and mechanisms is the inevitability of rust. Rust can commonly accumulate on your steel garage door panels or garage door mechanisms due to moisture or age.

Have you noticed rust anywhere in your garage? Maybe it’s time to check. As we come out of the winter months and into spring and summer, you may find rust has begun to appear due to the moisture in your garage during the winter and wet spring we’ve had.

Garage Door Man is here today to share our expertise in the field of garage door maintenance, rust prevention, and rust removal for garage doors.

Garage Door Rust

Rust is more than just an unsightly addition to your garage door. Rust can cause potentially serious issues for your garage door and garage door mechanism. Rust is corrosive, which means it weakens and breaks down the metal of your garage door and garage door mechanisms, making them less durable and even less functional. Left untreated, garage door rust can compromise your entire garage door system. Further, rust in your garage door mechanism can create creaking, squeaking, clunking, and other scary sounding noises as your garage door operates.

Preventing Rust

The best way to prevent rust is to choose galvanized materials for your garage door. Galvanized metal is dipped in a zinc solution that resists rust and other forms of corrosion. Be sure that your garage door utilizes galvanized metal and that any replacement parts you use are also galvanized.

To prevent rust on your garage door panels, paint the panels with an even coat of latex-based paint. Be sure to get the sides and edges of your garage door panels as well, to prevent moisture and rust. Your garage door panels should be repainted every 1-2 years to ensure continued protection against rust.

Lubricating your garage door mechanism is another way to prevent rust and other buildup. Clean your garage door mechanism first with gentle soap, then apply a thin layer of an oil lubricant such as household oil or WD-40. This will prevent scratching which can invite rust. Apply lubricant every 4-6 months or as needed to prevent rust.

Garage Door Rust Removal

First begin by cleaning the entire area affected by rust with a mild detergent and dry thoroughly. Once clean, take the time to carefully sand down the rust. This will take a lot of work and finesse, especially if the rust is in hard-to-reach places. Use sandpaper or a power sander if you can access it. Once all the rust is removed, carefully wipe and dry all moisture. Then prime and paint to prevent further rust damage.

For all of your garage door needs – resurface, repair, replacement – call Garage Door Man.


Bug-Proofing Your Garage

The garage is an important storage zone for your home, as well as a functional space for your cars, toys, and gear. However, the garage can also become breeding grounds for bugs and creepy crawlies. Your garage door opens multiple times a day, and your cars and bikes drag in dirt and other debris. If food or crumbs are dropped, it can be an even more appealing space for critters. Keeping bugs out of your garage can be important for keeping your kids safe, eliminating webs, and minimizing damage to the storage in your garage.

Garage Door Man wants to help you create the perfect garage to meet your needs, and that includes keeping it clean and bug-free. We are here today to give you some helpful tips for bug-proofing your garage for spring and summer.

Bug-Proofing Your Garage For Spring and Summer

Start Clean. Begin by removing all of your belongings from the garage on a sunny Saturday. It’s important to start with a totally empty garage since bugs and attractive elements can be hidden all around your garage.

  • Sweep Away. Sweep out all dirt and crumbs from your garage floor, then be sure to sweep off spider webs and debris from your wall junctions, corners, and the fixtures of your garage door mechanism.
  • Seal Holes. Bugs can find their way into your garage through the tiniest of holes and nearly invisible cracks. Take this opportunity in a clean, empty garage to identify any cracks, holes, or damage. Use caulk to seal off any holes or damage to prevent bugs from entering and setting up shop in your garage. Put new weatherstripping or rubber seal on the bottom of your garage door to keep any bugs from sneaking under.
  • Repairs. Any standing water will attract bugs and create mold. Check for any plumbing leaks or issues with your water spigots and have them repaired. If you are concerned about the functionality of your garage door, call Garage Door Man for repair or replacement of your garage door.
  • Spray & Prevent! Spray the baseboard of your garage and the exterior of your home with insect repellant. You can get bug repellant at a home improvement store or you can call an insect control company to service your home regularly. Consider placing bug traps in the corners of your garage and anywhere you saw bugs when cleaning out your space.
  • Airtight Storage. If you store food, dog food, barbecue supplies, coolers, or anything else with a food smell, it’s important to seal these in airtight containers. Use plastic tubs, metal bins, or plastic bags to contain anything that will attract bugs.

Keeping your garage bug-free is easy, and helps maintain the cleanliness of your garage and storage. It’s well worth the time and effort to keep your garage in pristine conditions since it will save you time, effort, repairs, and gross cleanup in the future. Garage Door Man stands ready to help you with any garage updates, repairs, or maximizing your garage space.


How To Childproof Your Garage

The garage can be a fun place for kids. There are toys, tools, bugs, places to hide, and more. Unfortunately, the garage can be a downright dangerous place for kids. No matter the age of your kids you might consider assessing your garage for its safety. This time of year is exactly the right moment to make your garage a little safer as you complete your spring cleaning. You’ll be clearing out grime and dirt and snowblowers, so take a few extra minutes to childproof that garage to keep your children safe.

1. Test the Sensor

Try tripping the sensor line when the garage door is descending. Does it immediately stop? Or does it take a few seconds? Does it work all the way across the garage? If you are noticing any issues with your garage door sensor, Garage Door Man can repair or tune-up with just a phone call. Another thing to test is the accessibility of the garage door opener and any manual toggles. Can your kids reach the garage door opener by themselves? If so, you might want to consider moving the garage door opener or tying up any dangling parts so that kids can’t access any parts of the garage.

2. Lock Anything Large

One of the most frequent ways kids get hurt in a garage is by climbing into large objects that open. Suffocation, getting stuck, pinching, and falling in or out of these opening objects can be very dangerous. This means cars should be locked, and childproofing locks should be placed on fridges, washing machines, dryers, containers, or cabinets. Not only do you want to discourage climbing, but you also want to be sure that kids don’t get stuck inside any of these objects.

3. Store Smart

Where do you keep chemicals and heavy tools? Too many parents store them on the floor or on a low bench, or even hanging from hooks within children’s reach. Just because your kids have never tried to play with these dangerous items, doesn’t mean they won’t in the future. All it takes is one day of boredom, or a new neighbor venturing into the garage with them to inspire a game with the garden hose as a sword or mixing up colorful bottles of who knows what. Instead, take some time to hang a high shelf or two in your garage for storing chemicals, any dangerous tools, and anything else that you don’t want your kids getting into.

Your spring cleaning should include careful inspection of your garage to keep everyone in your home safe and to protect your important equipment. If you need help assuring the safety and effectiveness of your garage door, call Garage Door Man. We can provide repairs, tune-ups, upgrades, and general consultations for your garage door needs. Whether you’re concerned about a clunky garage door or considering a more modern and effective garage door, we stand ready to help you with any garage door questions or concerns.


How To Spring Clean Your Garage

As we look forward to spring, our thoughts turn to ditching that winter grime that builds up in colder weather. Our poor garages often take the brunt, housing the cars that cruise in caked in muddy slush and ice, and enduring the rock salt, snow blowers, and dirty boots. When you start to get more rainy days than snowy ones, it’s time to start looking at your garage so you can find those gardening tools when you’re ready.

Garage Door Man is passionate about making your garages beautiful AND functional, so today we’re sharing a foolproof way to tackle your spring cleaning with your garage. Grab a notepad and let’s get started.

  1. Think About It. When was the last time you truly thought about your garage? Is it meeting your needs? What is it primarily used for? Spring is a great time to change the way you furnish and use your garage to better meet your needs. For example, if you keep using your garage space as a workshop for your handyman experiments, maybe it’s time to invest in a bona fide workbench. Or maybe your kids are getting increasingly involved in sports and you really need more storage space for all of their gear in your garage. Spend some time identifying needs and problem spots.
  2. Empty. Keep an eye on the weather and wait for the warmest day yet. Pull your cars out of the garage and start emptying the space. Throw away everything you can, and categorize the rest on your yard or in your driveway.
  3. Clean. While your spouse or family organizes and cleans the garage items (washing coats, reorganizing toolboxes), set to work sweeping your garage floor. Don’t forget to tackle spiderwebs in all corners of your garage and the garage door track and mechanism. Spray it out with a power washer or hose attachment.
  4. Optimize. A fresh coat of paint can work wonders in your garage, especially if it’s just untouched drywall. Invest in wall hooks, shelves, or hanging storage that will help you get the most out of your garage. Could adding windows to your garage door or walls benefit your garage activities? What about a smart garage door opener or security features? Take the steps now to make your garage work even harder for you.
  5. Checkup. Are your locks working? Any cracks in your floor? Is your garage door working? Does it glide smoothly along the track? Is it loud or clunky? Before you move everything back in, assess the garage space and features. Now is a great time to replace the batteries in your garage door opener and inspect the moving elements of your garage door system. If you would like a professional to come perform a simple checkup on your garage door system or to consult about your garage door needs (new styles, windows, etc.) Garage Door Man is the perfect place to start.

We wish you luck in your spring cleaning and stand ready to help you tackle your garage needs.


Winter Garage Door Problems

You may forget what a luxury your garage door is until you have to park your car outside overnight in the dead of winter. If you’ve ever come out to your car on a bright January morning to find your car under a frozen sheet of snow, you understand the terror it can cause. You’re late for work, skin stinging from icy air, and you realize you’re not going anywhere. How much is this going to cost?

Possibly even worse is realizing that your garage door, the thing that is supposed to protect you from the winter woes, isn’t functioning properly. You rely on your garage door, and may not even think about it. But suddenly when your car is trapped with a malfunctioning door you realize how desperate it can make you.

Possible Garage Door Problems and Solutions

  1. Remote Batteries – you’d be surprised how often this is the reason your garage door isn’t opening. The good news is that it’s an easy fix. Figure out today what kind of batteries your garage door remote uses and keep some on hand. When your garage door refuses to open, try changing the batteries in your remote first before seeking other solutions.
  2. Power Outage – If the power goes out at your home, you simply need to manually lift the door. You do this by disconnecting your garage door from the lift mechanism. This can vary from a garage door to another garage door, but usually, there is a cord or chain with a red button or handle to pull. This will allow you to lift the door manually to pull your car out. Learn how to do this when there are no problems and then you’ll be ready to do it by flashlight sometime when things are a little messier.
  3. Motor Out – If you have tried to change the batteries to no avail, but you can still easily lift the door manually it means that your motor has gone out. Unfortunately, it’s not something you can fix by yourself. But it is something that is easy to fix with time and the right technician. Give Garage Door Man a call and we can fix it in a jiffy.
  4. Springs or Gunk – If you can’t get your garage door to lift there could be a couple of problems. Broken springs are incredibly dangerous, so please don’t mess with them. Garage door injuries are common and serious and you can avoid them by calling the Garage Door Man first. If your door lifts but gets stuck at certain points it’s probably a gunk or lubrication problem. You can fix this on your own with garage door lubricant and some gloves.

Pre-emptive and preventative maintenance for your garage door can ensure your garage door stays in good working condition–especially in the winter months when freezing temperatures can wear out batteries, motors, and metal tracks. Garage Door Man stands ready to repair, check, or replace your garage door at an affordable price and efficient service. Call today!