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Caring For Your Garage Door's Tracks

When it comes to making access to your home more convenient, few products play as important a role as an automatic garage door. Without a properly functioning garage door, you would be unable to open and close your garage without leaving the comfort of your vehicle.

Automatic garage doors travel on metal tracks as they open and close. Caring for these tracks is essential when it comes to ensuring the safety and function of your door in the future. Here are three tips that you can use to care for your garage door's tracks.

1. Keep your garage door's tracks clean.

One of the easiest ways to ensure that your garage door can easily travel along its metal tracks is to take the time to keep the tracks clean. Dirt, leaves, and other debris can find their way into the tracks, causing your garage door to work harder in order to open and close each day.

Using an old broom or a leaf blower to remove any obstructions from the interior surface of your garage door's tracks will allow you to prevent any malfunctions caused by track blockages in the future.

2. Keep your garage door's tracks straight.

In order to keep your garage door moving properly as you open and close it each day, the tracks on which the door travels must be straight. Over time, the metal tracks can develop dents or dings that could compromise the safety of your garage door.

Use a rubber hammer to carefully pound out any dents or dings that you see in your garage door's tracks. Maintaining straight tracks will prevent your door from coming off the tracks when it hits a bump and crashing down to cause damage or injury.

3.  Keep your garage door's tracks lubricated.

Whenever metal comes into contact with metal, friction occurs. Lubricants are used to help reduce the amount of friction your garage door creates when the metal rollers move along the metal tracks as you open and close the door daily.

Be sure that you are taking the time to regularly lubricate your garage door's tracks with a specialized garage door lubricant spray to prevent friction from causing serious damage to your automatic garage door.

When you take the time to properly maintain your garage door's tracks, you ensure that you will have access to a safe and functional automatic garage door in the future.