Garage Door Longevity & Safety

Garage Door Failure

The leading causes of garage door failure and/or replacement include lack of maintenance and vehicle collisions. A proper maintenance schedule for a garage door includes lubrication of the rollers, bearings, pulleys and springs once a year; washing painted steel surfaces several times a year; painting or refinishing wood surfaces as necessary; and making proper adjustments to the counter balance system as necessary to maintain door balance. A properly balanced garage door should be able to be stopped mid-travel without drifting down or up when operated manually.

Garage Door Safety

(from the International Door Association)

Do not let children (or adults) play “beat the door” (trying to run under the door before it closes). It is dangerous and can result in serious injury or death. Adults should set a good example. Know how to use the emergency release, in case someone is pinned by the door.

Do not let children play with or use the transmitters or remote controls. Always place and store them out of the reach of children.

The push button wall control should be out of the reach of children (at least five feet from the floor) and away from all moving parts. Mount and use the button where you can clearly see the moving garage door.

Garage Door Maintenance