3 Easy Ways to Extend the Life of Your Commercial Garage Door

Garage doors serve the same purpose in a commercial space as they do in a residential setting; they offer convenient access and sheltered protection for company assets.

The convenience of a functional garage door is unquestionable, so you should keep your commercial garage door working properly. Be proactive in helping to extend the life of your garage door well into the future. Here are some tips to help you do that. 

1. Examine the Rollers

Most modern garage doors are equipped with rollers that allow them to be raised and lowered with ease. If these rollers sustain any serious damage, your commercial garage door could be rendered useless. You should thus schedule regular visual inspections for your garage door rollers.

Look for evidence of cracking, chipping, or extensive wear on the rollers themselves during each visual inspection. You should also take note of any corrosion that is present on the rollers or the tracks in which the rollers operate. Any sign of damage warrants the immediate replacement of the rollers so that your garage door can continue to retain its structural integrity over time.

2. Test the Safety Features

A commercial garage door must operate safely to protect your employees and vendors from potential injury. You can extend the life of your existing garage door by testing the safety features on the door regularly. If a door's safety features are no longer working, it has likely sustained serious damage after routine use. This shortens the life expectancy of the door and puts your workers at risk.

Take the time to ensure that the auto-reverse and manual override features are fully functional. These safety features are designed to prevent your garage door from coming into contact with objects that might dent or damage the door itself. Have a professional make any repairs needed to keep your commercial garage door's safety features functioning properly in the future.

3. Tighten the Hardware

Another simple thing that you can do to extend the life of your commercial garage door is to regularly tighten all of the hardware on the door. Since a modern garage door is a system of connected components, repeatedly using the door can cause the screws and bolts used to connect each component to become loose over time. Tightening the hardware with a drill or screwdriver allows you to prevent any looseness that might damage the door components during routine operation.