A wooden garage door can add an elegant touch to your home’s curb appeal. But it also requires annual upkeep to maintain its appearance. Does your home have a wooden garage door or are you considering investing in an upgrade? If so, our team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair has a few annual maintenance tips for you.
We have a few tips on how you can protect your investment. This includes keeping it looking its best year round.
Inspect For Signs Of Rot
Bacteria and fungus can damage wood and eat away areas that stay moist for long periods of time. Rot is one of wood’s greatest enemies. Use a screwdriver to prod for rot. Start at the bottom of your door and work your way up and around to the trim work.
Does your screwdriver go through the surface in any of these areas? If so, you may want to contact a professional who has the correct tools and expertise to make quality repairs.
Check For Pests
Inspect your door for signs of wood-consuming insects. These include termites, boring beetles, slugs, and snails. Live or dead Insects or tiny tunnels of mud near or around wood rot can be a sign of problematic pests. If left untreated, these can cause costly damage. If you spot any of these wood loving pests, contact a pest control expert for help. It’s well worth catching this early.
Scrape And Fill
There are numerous types of finishes used on wooden garage doors. Most of which are susceptible to peeling and cracking when exposed to the elements. If yours was painted, use a paint scraper to smooth out uneven wood. Remove loose paint chips and fill in holes with wood putty.
Check Hardware And Seals
Open and close your garage door to verify the alignment is normal. Are there any scraping or screeching sounds? If so, this warrants a repair call. Next, inspect rollers for wear. Then tighten all screws and connection points. You should also lubricate the springs with a lightweight grease.
Next, examine your weather seals. Can light be seen from the bottom or sides of it when it’s closed? If so, you can protect your garage from water intrusion and extreme temperatures by easily replacing the weather seal.
Add A Fresh Coat of Paint
If your garage door’s painted, polyurethane coated, or has a simple water seal, reapply a fresh coat each year. This will keep it looking top notch. Find the finish of your choice at your local hardware store. Then follow the directions on the packaging to apply a fresh coat.
We’re Here To Help
A sophisticated wooden garage door makes up a large portion of your home’s curb appeal. This means it’s worth it to keep it looking amazing. If you feel nervous about any of these steps, call us. Our team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair is here to help with all of your garage door repair needs. We look forward to hearing from you!