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Giving Your Garage Doors The Makeover They Deserve

One day, when I was pulling up to my house, I realized that my garage doors were absolutely hideous. They had unsightly, chipped paint, and I knew that I needed to change them. I looked into replacing the door, but it was just too expensive. Instead of trying to replace them, I realized that it might be a good idea to think about painting them. I headed to the hardware store, picked up some durable-looking paint, and then rented a paint sprayer. After I masked off the area and painted the entire door, it made my house look a lot better. This blog is all about giving your home the TLC it deserves.

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Common Garage Door Issues And Repairs

Your garage door probably gets quite a bit of use within its lifetime. All of that coming and going and opening and closing of your garage door can eventually wear on it over time. You're going to run into a problem from time to time. Read on for some of these problems and what you can do to repair it. 

Garage Door Is Crooked

If your door is closing, but not all the way on one side or is slightly crooked, it may be due to un-level rails. Take a look at the rails that your garage door sits in when opening and closing, and use a level to check if they are still level. Use a rubber mallet to move the rails so they are level again if need be and tighten all screws and bolts holding the rails in place. Open and close your garage door to see if this helps.

Garage Door Squeaks

If your garage door makes an awful squeaking or squealing noise when opening or closing, it may be time for some lubricant. The rails and the rollers on the door need to be lubricated and cleaned. They can build up with all types of gunk, dirt and other debris with time and cleaning these areas and adding lubricant is going to help with the noise and will also help your door open and close with ease. Use a rag to clean these areas, then spray a lubricant made for garage doors. Don't use oil or grease to lubricate as these tend to be sticky and could attract dirt. 

Garage Door Isn't Closing

If the garage door isn't closing at all or closes partially and then opens again, you may simply need batteries in your garage door opener, but if that isn't the problem it may be your sensor. Check to see if the sensor is pointed in the right direction and wasn't hit by anything that would have caused it to move. Also check that the sensor is clean. If it's too dirty it may think there's something in the way of the door and won't close.

These are just a few of the issues you may encounter in the lifetime of owning your garage door. These are minor and can probably be repaired by yourself, but if you encounter bigger problems that you aren't able to fix it's time to call in a professional garage door repair expert for help.