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Caring for your garage doors

How to care for garage doors

Everest garage doors are easy to maintain due to their materials and design. Follow our care advice to maintain your doors for years to come.

How to care for garage doors

General Maintenance

Every Six Months:

  • Conduct a full visual inspection of the door to check for any obvious signs of damage or wear.
  • Check that all moving parts are in good condition.
  • Replace any damaged parts by contacting our Aftercare team.

Cleaning

  • For general cleaning, use a soft cloth and warm water with soap or washing up liquid.
  • An ideal time to wash your garage door is when you wash your car. Use the hose to remove any dirt, particularly grit that may have been splashed up onto the bottom of the door. Don’t use a pressure washer as this could damage the seals.
  • To remove grease marks, use washing up liquid with little or no water and then rinse with clean water.
  • Do not use corrosive, abrasive or solvent detergents, glass cleaner or any tools that might leave scratches.
  • If you live in a coastal area, cleaning is especially important as salt is corrosive and over time can damage the door surface if not removed.
  • Bird droppings are also particularly damaging as they are acidic and can attack the door's surface. They should be removed with soap and water.
  • For garage doors with windows, clean with soap or washing up liquid. Don't use abrasive or solvent detergents, glass cleaner or any tools that might leave scratches on the window.
  • Should your garage door include windows with a leading effect, please be aware that you may see a ‘leaking’ effect from the leading running down the windows. This is to be expected and can be easily cleaned with soap or washing up liquid.

One Piece and Side Hinged Garage Doors

Every Month:

  • For doors with an automatic operator, check the obstruction safeguard. The door must stop or change direction if the door’s closing edge meets an obstacle.

Every Six Months:

  • Clean rubber seals and lightly grease with Vaseline or a similar product.

After 20,000 Door Actions (about 10 years):

  • Have an Everest Service Engineer replace the torsion springs by contacting our Aftercare team.

Sectional Garage Doors

Every Month:

  • For doors with an automatic operator, check the obstruction safeguard. The door must stop or change direction if the door’s closing edge meets an obstacle.

Every Six Months:

  • Oil pulleys, hinges and plastic bearings.
  • Clean rubber seals and lightly grease with Vaseline or a similar product.

Every Year:

  • Oil or grease pushing-bar joints and check the drive belt tension, tightening if needed (Sectional Doors).

Every Four Years:

  • Oil the spring holder-bearing seat of the torsion shaft.

After 20,000 Door Actions (about 10 years):

  • Have an Everest Service Engineer replace the torsion springs by contacting our Aftercare team.

Roller Garage Doors

Every Six Months:

  • Check the operation of the door is smooth and without consistent movement. If movement is not smooth, the drive chain or other mechanism may require adjustment. Have an Everest service engineer service the door by contacting our Aftercare team.
  • Put the door into manual operation by using the pull cord on the operator and check that the door operates easily and will rest in any position. If the door rises very quickly or will not rest, the spring tension needs adjusting. Have an Everest service engineer service the door by contacting our Aftercare team.

After 20,000 Door Actions (about 10 years):

  • Have an Everest service engineer replace the door springs by contacting our Aftercare team.

Timber Garage Doors

  • Timber Garage Doors have a stain finish that needs to be correctly looked after to maintain the guarantee.
  • Timber is a natural product that does require a degree of regular attention and maintenance to keep it looking good.
  • Every 12 months the stain finish on the door should be inspected. If the finish appears worn or damaged then a further coat of stain should be applied. Failure to do this will affect the look and performance of the door and will invalidate the product guarantee.
  • Depending on location and environmental conditions (South facing doors or doors in coastal areas) the door may need more frequent inspections. Please contact our Aftercare team.

Operator

Every month:

  • Check the obstruction safeguard. The door must stop or change direction if the door’s closing edge meets an obstacle.

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