garage-door-installationWhen it comes to taking care of your garage door system, you have to take it seriously.

When you ignore it or gloss over issues because you don’t have the time or bandwidth to deal with it, then you’re opening yourself up to bad things happening, not to mention risking the health and safety of those who might be affected by the door in any way, shape or form.

Keep in mind that if a visitor is hurt or injured by your garage door, you and your insurance company are going to be on the hook for the damages, and if you’re in a state that is prone to litigation like California, things won’t fare well for you.

Here are top ten tips to ensure that you’re doing everything you need to make sure that you’re taking care of your garage door system properly:

  1. Add garage door inspections to your schedule and stick to it.
  2. Do a spot check on the garage door’s operation. Check for any any irregularities. Is it opening all the way or is it only opening partially?
  3. Lubricate everything that needs lubricating, including the rollers, tracks,  and the springs.
  4. Check the weather stripping. If it’s worn down, you are losing money in heating costs.  Replace it or find someone who can.
  5. Check your insulation if it’s worn down, then it’s time to take care of it.
  6. Check your sensors. Are there any obstructions? If so, clear the path and everything around it.
  7. If your garage door is made out of wood, schedule a time to have the door painted or refinished.
  8. If there are any jagged edges, do whatever is necessary to mitigate to avoid cuts and lacerations.
  9. If your garage door system goes down, get a technician out to help you ASAP.
  10. Have a periodic check-in with your family and ask them if they’ve noticed anything that’s not working with the garage door system.