Fixing Noises, Dents and Other Issues of Garage Doors
Garage doors need maintenance on a regular basis. Patch-up work is also necessary if any of the parts begin to wear out. Simple restoration can be done by homeowners but difficult concerns particularly for automated doors entail professional service. The fixture’s structure is relatively complicated. It is made up of an intricate system of rollers, cables, and springs. One of these mechanisms can be the cause of glitches or noise that is usually a sign of breakdown.
Take the case of unwarranted vibration. To remedy this, you can insert rubber pads between the motor base and garage ceiling to absorb the shuddering. It is not possible to prevent the garage door’s motor from making these sounds. Yet, you can reduce the clatter by using these rubber bands. It does not have to be very thick since a measurement of ¼ inch can suppress the noise.
Garage doors made of metal are susceptible to dents and other damages. You can probably spend more time to check the garage door including its panels and other parts once in a while. This will allow you to find out if there are components that need to be fixed or changed without delay. Scratches on surfaces of garage doors can be identified easily. Mending these furrows can be considered a simple repair task. On the other hand, you may need the assistance of an expert if the damage is rather severe.
For do it yourself repairs, some of the tools and materials that you will need are a rubber hammer, block of solid wood, hard cardboard, can of paint, putty knife (plastic, automotive body filler, and 80/20 grit sandpaper. The following are steps you can adopt in dealing with these dents:
Put the block of wood on the bloated panel. Pound the wood with your mallet to flatten the cavity.
Rub the depressed portion with the sandpaper to make the surface smoother.
Mix the car body filler with a bit of hardening substance on the cardboard. Try to follow the instructions in the hardener. The more substance you place makes the solution more durable.
Apply the mixture on the hollow portion of the garage door using your putty knife. Level the mix and fill in all empty spaces. Allow the filler to get dried which will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes. It should be completely dry before sanding the coarse areas.
Paint the affected are to give the garage door a fresh look.
There may be some problem in the event that the garage door closes and opens erratically. Check out the transmitters to ensure that these are not jammed or blocked by an object that can affect the control systems. Test the frequency of your transmitter as well. There is a possibility that the neighbor next door uses the same radio frequency and trying to open their garage door together with yours. This is something that you should clear with them immediately.