Aftercare and Maintenance

A new garage door is a sig­nif­i­cant invest­ment so it’s impor­tant to look after yours prop­er­ly. The right care can ensure your door lasts for years and years, giv­ing you great val­ue for mon­ey and keep­ing your belong­ings safe and secure. Please note: These sug­ges­tions are for guid­ance only.

Gen­er­al Care

Your new garage door has been built to last and should need min­i­mal main­te­nance, but it’s impor­tant to ensure a few things are done reg­u­lar­ly to extend the life of the door and to keep it work­ing properly:

  • Minor scratch­es are not cov­ered under our guar­an­tees and should be repaired as soon as pos­si­ble. Please con­tact us for more infor­ma­tion on how to do this for your spe­cif­ic door.
  • Grit salt, bird drop­pings and gen­er­al grime should be cleaned off the sur­face of the door and the inter­nal mech­a­nism as soon as pos­si­ble. These sub­stances can all cor­rode the mate­r­i­al over time.
  • If you live with­in 2 miles of the coast, wash­ing down your door with car sham­poo and clean water every month should slow the cor­ro­sive action of the salt and mois­ture in the air. Tim­ber doors should only be cleaned with warm water and a soft sponge.
  • Inland garage doors should be cleaned with a lit­tle car sham­poo and clean water every cou­ple of months or so. Tim­ber doors should only be cleaned with warm water and a soft sponge.
  • Check the inner mech­a­nism reg­u­lar­ly for grime build up, obstruc­tions and debris. Brush down with a soft-bris­tle brush to remove dirt.
  • When open­ing your door, you should always lift from the cen­tre – nev­er pull the door open from the side as this will unbal­ance the open­ing mechanism.
  • Nev­er open your garage door with the key still in the lock, as this could result in the key being bro­ken off, depend­ing on the con­fig­u­ra­tion of your garage.

Tim­ber Doors

Our tim­ber doors are all sup­plied with a pre-applied wood stain. This means that your new door is cov­ered under our guar­an­tees and will be resis­tant to envi­ron­men­tal fac­tors from day one. Your door will need to be re-stained at reg­u­lar inter­vals through­out its life­time – the fre­quen­cy of this will depend on the weath­er and envi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions around your property.

  • A reduced shine on the door and the colour becom­ing lighter are both indi­ca­tions that the tim­ber needs to be re-stained. Please use a wood stain rather than a wood var­nish, as it will allow the tim­ber to breathe. Var­nish may trap mois­ture in and cause rot.
  • Ensure you stain the entire door, includ­ing the very edges.
  • Dark wood stains are not advised for south-fac­ing garage doors or for ones which get a lot of sun­light. Dark­er colours will absorb more sun­light and this could degrade the mate­r­i­al quick­er than it usu­al­ly would.

For more infor­ma­tion on look­ing after your prod­uct please read: After­care and Guarantees

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