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What Is Involved with Maintaining a Traditional Wood Garage Door?

Last updated 5 years ago

Wood garage doors are attractive additions to any home, but they come with their own unique maintenance challenges. More than other materials, wood garage doors are subject to harm from mold, dust, and direct sunlight. Follow these maintenance tips to keep your garage door looking great for years to come:

Wash Once per Year

You likely wash your car frequently, but when was the last time you washed your garage door? Keeping your garage door clean is essential to extending its lifespan. This is especially true for wooden garage doors, which tend to collect dust, pollen, and other contaminants more than other materials. Washing your garage door with a bleach-based cleaner at least once per year will help keep it well maintained.

Re-finish Often

The Texas sun is brutal on wood garage doors, wearing off finish and damaging underlying materials. To counter the harmful effects of direct sunlight, be sure to re-finish your wood garage door once per year. This will protect the integrity of wood materials and give your door a fresh, clean appearance.

Look for Damage

As with all garage doors, be sure to regularly check your wood garage door’s working components for wear and tear. Closely inspect tracks, springs, hinges, cables, panels, and other fixtures, and be on the lookout for any broken parts. If you catch a maintenance problem that you can’t easily fix, call a garage door repair technician right away. It is especially important to call a professional for problems such as worn springs, as these can snap and cause severe injuries.

If you have a wood garage door—or if you are considering a new garage door to update the look of your home—contact GDR Garage Door Repair Service. We repair, install, and service garage doors of all types for homeowners throughout the Dallas area. Call (972) 544-7367 to learn more about how we can help you.  

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