Protecting Garage Door Panels from Damage05/14/2014 Back To Blog
When people provide garage door maintenance, they typically focus on the opener and its parts. It is essential for the automatic opening system to be maintained in excellent condition, but this does not mean that the door panels should be ignored. They are prone to damage especially from rainwater and moisture. At the same time, they are hard and costly to repair and to replace. Here you will find useful advice on how to keep the panels in good condition.
Avoiding Frequent Garage Door Panel Replacement
There are several ways in which you can protect the panels. The first one is the use of a bottom seal. It is easy to apply and to reapply after it comes to the end of its useful life. At the same time, it does an invaluable job in protecting the panels from water and from the road salts that are brought in by the car tires.
If the panels are made from wood, regular repainting is required. You need to use paint which is resistant to moisture and which will protect the wood from decay. The sheet metal doors require staining or oiling on a regular basis to stay protected from rusting caused by water and moisture. You have to select a protective product which works effectively for a sufficiently long time. It should not peel off or get damaged by the sun.
It is best if the panels are repainted or re-stained respectively on an annual basis. This will guarantee effective and reliable protection at all times. This, however, does not eliminate the need for damage inspection. Wood panels have to be inspected for signs of decay while metal ones have to be inspected for rust. Even in case of minor damage, timely garage door panel repair is required.
Finally, just like all other garage door parts, the panels should be handled with care. Avoid using sharp objects for removing ice, but use a device producing heat instead.