NWSM Garage Doors

Expert Tips

Close the garage door gap and keep leaves, water and debris out of your garage

Now the winter weather has arrived, you might find that water, leaves and debris are blowing under your garage door and making a mess. This could be due to one of two things:

The weather seal on the bottom of your garage door isn't doing its job properly.

It is designed to keep debris and water out of your garage, but over time it can harden and lose its shape. When this happens, it won't be as effective and will need a replacement.

Your garage door isn’t closing properly, and the springs may need attention.

A crooked door which doesn’t close properly is often due to a damaged extension spring. These springs are mounted on either side of the door and pull independently, so you should always look to make sure both sides of your garage door are aligned. If they seem a little off kilter, your springs could need adjustment or repair.

Never try to repair or replace garage door springs yourself as they are tightly wound and under a lot of tension – making them dangerous to someone who doesn’t know what they are doing. Leave this one to the experts!



Seal the garage door gaps

The main way pests get into your garage is through broken or eroded seals. And once they're in, they will most likely make their way into your house. Your best defence is to stop them at the garage door by checking your seals and having them replaced if necessary.



Garage door damage

Garage door problems are often caused by wear and tear due to neglect. Having professional help to service your garage door on a regular basis will pick up any problems early and extend the life of your garage door.



Rusty or frayed cables

Corrosion is a common factor in damaged garage doors. It’s a good idea have the cables inspected regularly. Leaving them to deteriorate will end up being more costly in the long run. Loose wires that unravel or get tangled will also cause problems. It's a a good idea to have your garage door serviced on a regular basis to spot small problems before they turn into big ones.



Sensor safety

If your garage door won't close properly and keeps springing open, your sensor might need adjusting. The sensor on your garage door is a safety feature to make sure it doesn’t close on you or your car. Sometimes the sensor starts to detect problems which aren’t there, causing the door to spring open rather than closing properly.



Opens a bit – then closes again

If your garage door seems like it has a mind of its own and won't open the whole way before closing again, it’s likely that the springs at the top of the door need replacing. You can have the broken ones replaced, but it may be more cost-effective to have all the springs replaced at the same time.



Lose the leaves

If you're finding water, leaves and dirt in your garage, the weather seal on the bottom of your garage door isn't doing its job properly. It is designed to keep debris and water out of your garage, but over time it can harden and lose its shape. When this happens it won't be as effective and will need a replacement.



Stay on track

The metal track that your garage door runs on needs to be properly aligned. If it’s out of alignment, it can be a serious issue and you’ll need to call a professional. Causes can include heavy use, hardware that has become loose over time, or someone might have bumped into the door. Signs include difficulty in opening and closing the door, a door that looks crooked or you might see gaps between the rollers and rail or bends in the rails themselves.



Be a good neighbour

A noisy garage door is very annoying for both you and your neighbours. The most likely culprit is the hardware such as rollers, hinges, nuts and bolts. When they are worn out, rollers and hinges will make a high-pitched squeaking or grinding noise. When nuts and bolts become loose, your garage door will make a vibrating or rattling noise when you open and close it. A garage door professional will diagnose and solve the issue, and a regular garage door service can prevent this from happening again.