Wood garage doors have what it takes to please even the pickiest buyers: they come in various shapes and sizes, look beautiful and are extremely solid. On the other hand, they have a significant drawback: they require a regular maintenance routine to preserve their unique glow in the long term. Nonetheless, homeowners who know how to care for their wooden doors can eliminate this disadvantage and even extend the lifespan of their product.
Prevention is always better than cure. In other words, by identifying and addressing the first signs of wear and tear, you could avoid costly repairs. Start by inspecting your garage door periodically. Take a closer look at the moving parts and the hardware components. Replace any broken or severely damaged elements as soon as possible, on your own or with help from a handyman.
Make Sure the Moving Parts are Properly Lubricated
It’s no secret the moving parts of your garage door can give you a hard time, if they are not properly maintained. This is why it is extremely recommended to lubricate them periodically, by utilizing only premium aerosol lubricant sprays available in most home improvement stores.
Spray the product on rollers, hinges, and on the lock mechanism. In most cases, less is more. Excessive amounts of lubricant attract dirt particles like a magnet, so make sure you apply this product sparingly and with maximum precision. When in doubt, consult the manufacturer’s manual of instructions. If you don’t have one, surf the Internet and start looking for a replacement copy. To access it in record time, you just need to know the model number and the brand.
Stain it like a Pro
After a certain period of time, your wooden one will inevitably lose its initial shine. To restore its original finish and boost its appeal, stain it on your own, or with help from a professional painter. This job is really simple and hassle-free. In most cases, repainted wooden lose the main “wow” factor that represents a characteristic of untreated wood.
This is one of the most important reasons why it is preferable to sand a door, instead of repainting it. To complete this task, you’d have to use an orbital finish sander to eliminate small imperfections and sand the entire wooden surface. Next, you should distribute a coat of premium sanding sealer with a clean sponge brush. Use wipe-on gel stain to cover even the tiniest areas with minimal effort. Let it dry for a while; then remove the excess by wiping off the surface with a pad covered with a clean cloth. Repeat the whole process until you obtain more than satisfactory results. Complete this job by applying multiple protective coats of urethane finish, to get that appealing glossy look that will make your garage door look like new.
Follow these simple steps to add value and enhance their lifespan with minimal effort. It is easier to prevent a problem than to fix it, so invest time and energy in a regular maintenance routine for your garage.