If coming home leaves a sour taste in your mouth when you see the front face of your house, then you need to make a change. The garage door is large enough to have a profound impact on a home’s curb appeal yet small enough to be easily repainted, making it the perfect place to start your home’s facelift. Here’s how you can plan and execute this simple DIY home improvement project.
Plan the Job
Before you throw on one splash of paint, you should plan the job from start to finish. The first step is to determine what type of garage door you have, as you’ll have to use different supplies and techniques depending on whether it’s a pre-finished steel or a wood door.
Next, determine the type of paint and color that you’ll be using. If you’re unsure of the type, most paint stores have specialists ready to point you in the right direction.
Finally, pick a time when you will have at least an hour of free time so you can do the job properly. Schedule two hours if you intend to do complicated coloring or if the surface of the door has significant rusting or paint chipping.
Gather Your Supplies
The basic kit that you’ll need to do the job is similar to any other painting job and includes:
A gallon of paint or more
An extra bucket for holding your working paint supply
A stir stick
Some old rags for wiping up the eventual messes
Medium-grit sandpaper or sanding stone for wood doors; steel wool or coarse sandpaper for steel doors
Paint brush, preferably one with 2- to 3-inch bristles
Primer picked for your door’s material
A step stool or ladder
A wide plastic or cloth sheet for catching paint drippings
Sand the Door for a Smooth Surface
When you paint over rust or uneven paint, imperfections in the surface of the new coat cause it to settle improperly and become more vulnerable to damage from the elements. To avoid this fate, take your sanding material and clean up the current coat. Be careful not to sand too heavily or you’ll damage the actual door material. Wipe down the door with rags afterward to remove dust particles.
Put down a coat of appropriately selected primer and let it dry. The primer will keep the wood or metal of your door safe while helping the paint glide on smoothly.
Apply the New Colors
Begin painting from top to bottom, raising the door up as you go to get at the spaces hidden on top or bottom of the panels. Once you finish the primary color coat, you can stop and clean up unless you want to add accents or trim coloring. Use the masking tape to section off where you’ll be adding highlights and feel free to add in personalized designs.
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Does Your Garage Need More than a Paint Job?
No color scheme can fix a poorly performing door with a style that clashes with the rest of your home. If the new coat of paint doesn’t fix your home’s visage, then call for a free consultation on replacement options from an experienced and tested garage door service company like ACS Overhead Doors.
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Cleaning your garage door not only makes your house look great, it also can help prolong your garage door’s life. After you clean the door, it’s a good idea to do a quick maintenance check to make sure that everything is working as it should. Take a look at this quick guide to cleaning and maintaining your garage door.
Cleaning Your Garage Door
To get started, fill up a bucket with a mix of warm water and dish soap or gentle detergent. Spray the door with a hose, then wipe the dirt and dust away with a rag or brush and the warm soapy water. Once the dirt is all washed away, rinse the door with the hose and let it dry.
Use a mix of water and bleach for tougher stains on the door. Be sure to wear gloves, avoid contact with bleach, and never mix bleach with other cleaners.
If you have a metal garage door, you can add a layer of wax after the door dries to add some luster to the metal.
Make sure to clean both sides of the garage door. Although the inside isn’t visible to anyone but you, dirt build-ups can still cause maintenance problems and spread dirt and dust to your cars and other belongings. Once you’re through cleaning, it’s time to do a quick maintenance check.
Garage Door Maintenance
If you have a painted garage door, check over the door for any places where the paint is warped or worn away. Refinish any areas where the metal is showing through to avoid rust and corrosion.
Dust the door’s tracks with a broom or a damp rag. Debris in the tracks can cause extra wear on the doors and can even cause the whole door to derail and become inoperable. Lubricate the tracks and wheels as well.
Now is a good time to test out the door’s safety systems. Place a brick or a piece of wood under the door, and close the door. When the door hits the object, it should automatically reverse directions. To test the photoelectric safety feature, close the door and carefully place your leg in the door’s path. It should automatically reverse as soon as your leg comes into the door’s path.
Finally, organize your garage to make sure that you don’t have any items sitting too close to the door that could fall into the door’s path. Items lodged in the door’s path can cause damage to the machinery.
Need more garage door maintenance help or repairs? Contact the experts at ACS Overhead Doors for all of your garage door service needs. We offer 24-hour emergency service, should you ever need it. And don’t forget to take a look at our special offers.
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If you are having trouble with the garage door opening and closing, it may be due to a problem with the springs. When the springs are properly adjusted, the door is balanced and can be opened easily with the garage door opener or manually.
It is recommended that you check the balance of the garage door at least once per year, especially if it is typically operated with an opener. There are no tools required to test the balance, but if it isn’t balanced correctly, trying to repair it on your own may result in severe injuries, so you should call a professional to do the repairs.
What Are Garage Door Springs?
There are many different parts that work together to make your garage door operate correctly, but the springs play an extremely important role, primarily in the balance of the door. The goal of the springs is to counteract the door’s force of gravity, which means the door spring is meant to make the door light enough for you to lift on your own and/or for the power from the opener to lift it up easily. There are two primary types of residential garage door springs — torsion springs and extension springs.
Torsion springs are typically mounted directly above the garage door. In older homes that have less room in the garage, they might be mounted towards the rear of the garage. Torsion springs, when installed and operating correctly, are responsible for balancing the door. Being balanced in this case basically means that the door should use the same amount of pressure to open and close and be easy to manually lift. Torsion springs are designed to last a long time, but over time they weaken and can break.
Extension springs, in most situations, are mounted above the garage door track. However, in others, they may be mounted vertically on the sides of the track. Extension springs use the pulling force of the spring to pull the door upward, against gravity.
Is the Spring Balanced Properly?
A well-functioning garage door is one that opens and closes quietly and smoothly. If it stops working, try to operate the door manually by pulling the cord attached to the arm of the connecting rail trolley system. If it is still difficult to operate, disconnect the operating system and open the garage door halfway by hand then let go of the door. There may be slight movement, but if it is balanced, the door will stay in pretty much the same position. If the door opens on its own or wants to drop on its own, the garage door springs need to be adjusted.
The springs, along with the help of other components, including the drum, cables, track, rollers and hinges, are responsible for the smooth operation of the door. However, the springs are responsible for maintaining the balance of the garage door. If the door appears to be unbalanced, it is important to repair or replace the springs as soon as possible to prevent further damage to other components as well as to avoid the risk of injury.
It is important to understand that replacing or repairing the torsion or extension springs is not a DIY repair. Keep in mind the springs are responsible for lifting about a 400-pound door, so it can be extremely dangerous, and even life-threatening to repair them.
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Do not risk getting injured, if your garage door is unbalanced and the springs need to be replaced, contact ACS Overhead Doors to schedule an appointment.
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