Many people don't realise that maintaining your garage doors is not just crucial for ensuring long, smooth and reliable operation, but in most cases necessary to ensure your warranty remains valid.
Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your garage door:
COLORBOND AND COLOURED STEEL FINISH DOORS
Your coloured steel door has been pre-painted with a silicone modified polyester formulation, which is one of the best paint films available today. However good a product may be, all exposed surfaces require some attention to guard against corrosion and any other harmful atmospheric effects.
Washing the door with clean water and a cloth every 14 days is recommended. More frequent washing is advised in salty or industrial fallout areas.
REMEMBER, WHEN YOU THINK OF CLEANING YOUR CAR, THINK OF YOUR DOOR.
NOTE: DO NOT WASH THE AUTOMATIC OPENER, IT WILL VOID THE WARRANTY AND COULD CAUSE ELECTROCUTION.
REGULAR MAINTENANCE REQUIRED
Note: If correct maintenance and servicing are not carried out, warranty may be void.
Delta Warringah Garage Doors recommends that you check the operation of your door at least every three to six months (more regularly in extreme environments or frequent use). The effort required to manually open and to manually close the door should be about the same (if door has an automatic opener, put into manual mode before testing door).
LUBRICATION (every 3-6 months)
1. Guide Tracks:
Roller Doors: Clean the internal sections of the guide tracks with a cloth dampened with mineral turps or methylated spirits. Polish vigorously to achieve a smooth, dirt and moisture resistant surface, allowing the Nylofelt to glide more easily. DO NOT USE GREASE OR OIL ON THE GUIDE TRACKS.
Sectional Doors: Should be cleaned as per rolling door instructions, but do not required polishing of the internal guide tracks.
2. Steel Hinges (if fitted):
Sparingly lubricate with an all purpose machine oil. Also lubricate wheel to axle bearings.
3. Plastic Hinges:
No lubrication is generally required, however silicon spray may be used if necessary.
4. Springs (where accessible):
Wipe over with an oily rag.
Your lock does not require special maintenance, however if the key becomes stiff, a spray lubricant such as RP7 is recommended. Do not grease the lock.
6. Automatic Openers:
If you have an automatic opener fitted to your door it is important that you ensure the optimum operation of your door, otherwise you may reduce the effective life of the opener, and void your opener warranty. For more information refer to the maintenance schedule in your opener's instruction handbook.
7. Opener Chain:
Lubricate with Chain Lube.
SERVICE & REPAIR
1. Lifting Cables (if fitted):
Check for wear through by rubbing. If there is fraying or signs of corrosion contact us and book a service as soon as possible. These cables are under extreme tension and should never be adjusted, except by an experienced service technician.
Check all screws, nuts and bolts to ensure they are secure.
3. Spring Tension:
It is natural for springs to lose tension. Should the door become hard to operate or completely inoperative, you will need to have an experienced service technician assess your door. DO NOT attempt to adjust the tension yourself. Please contact us for an appointment.
To keep your door running well, it is recommended that your door be serviced by an experienced technician every 12 months or earlier if required.
The spring unit is under tension at all times and should never be adjusted, except by experienced service technicians. No operator or other person should ever stand directly in the path of the door in its downward travel or walk through doorway while door is moving. Always use the door handle to manually operate the door. If the door is now or later becomes automatically operated, the pull down rope on the door must be removed.
DO NOT PLACE YOUR FINGERS NEAR ANY MOVING PARTS OR BETWEEN THE DOOR PANELS WHEN THE DOOR IS OPERATING EITHER AUTOMATICALLY OR MANUALLY.
It is important to note that your opener warranty can be voided if you fail to maintain both your opener and your door. If you have an automatic opener fitted to your door it is important that you ensure the optimum operation of your door. Otherwise you may reduce the effective life of the opener.
CEDAR WOOD OIL APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
To keep your Cedar garage door in optimal condition, Wood Oil needs to be applied.
Before coating is commenced, it is recommended that the surface of the door is cleaned. To clean the door, a mild detergent is to be diluted in a bucket of warm water. Door is to be rubbed down and then washed off with clean water.
Door should then be left to dry for several hours, or until dry. Then prior to recoating, thinners should be applied to the door. It is not recommended to use mineral turpentine as this may mark the door. The door is now ready for recoating.
Wood Oil can be applied easily and rapidly by:
Spray: Airless spray equipment can be used. The nozzle selected should deliver a low pressure coarse spray.
Brush: A wide, good quality, bristle brush is recommended.
Roller: Roller should have a thick pile to ensure maximum coverage.
Wood Oil MUST BE USED AS SUPPLIED, NEVER ADD THINNERS OR ALTER IN ANY WAY.
As a guide, one litre of Wood Oil will cover approximately 15 square metres.
4. INITIAL COATS:
Ensure timber surface is clean and free of all loose debris, mould, etc. SHAKE WOOD OIL WELL BEFORE & DURING USE.
Do not apply if rain is expected within 6-8 hours of application. Wood Oil should only be applied to dry timbers (ideal, weather dry, maximum 17% moisture content).
You should apply a coat of Wood Oil within three months of installation. An additional coat can be applied 12 - 18 months following or as required.
Spray equipment, brushes and clothes should be cleaned with either mineral turpentine or hot water and detergent. These can also help with over spray or accidental spillage on unwanted surfaces. Use a wiping rag on smooth surfaces and a brush on rough surfaces.
6. PRECAUTIONS FOR USE:
Cool temperatures will cause Wood Oil to become too viscous to diffuse into timber. Storing WoodOil in a warm environment prior to use will alleviate this problem. Do not use or store near heat or open flame.
7. WOOD OIL MAINTENANCE:
Re-application of Wood Oil will be required when the surface exhibits signs of losing capability to "bead water" or colour tone is faded. Keep in mind that durability of water repellence and colour tone is proportional to the amount of Wood Oil in the timber. For normal ongoing preservation only, one coat should be applied every 5-8 years given appropriate initial coats. Annual washing of the surface is recommended to remove surface contaminants (dust, pollen, etc) with clean water.
8. ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS:
Do not apply directly to, or contaminate waterways by either cleaning equipment or disposing of wastes. Avoid contact with grass, shrubs and trees.
Eyes: Safety glasses with a side shield or a full face shield should be worn.
Gloves: PVC gloves should be worn and regularly replaced.
10. FIRST AID:
Skin: Remove contaminated clothing immediately (launder before re-use). Wash skin thoroughly with soap and water.
Eyes: Flood eyes with copious amounts of cold running water for fifteen (15) minutes and obtain medical attention if pain or redness persists.