If you are a regular car user, then you may use your garage door multiple times a day. That can cause a lot of wear and tear, which risks the door malfunctioning and may even present a security issue. For both safety and convenience, regular maintenance is necessary to extend your door’s lifespan.
A garage door may last anywhere between 15 and 30 years depending on its materials and overall quality. Wood, vinyl, aluminium and steel all have different lifespans and care routines. The total lifespan will, however, primarily depend on proactive maintenance, rather than waiting for things to go wrong. Proactive maintenance reduces the need for repairs or replacements.

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Build-up of moisture is a common cause of damage such as mould and rust, but can be prevented with adequate ventilation such as openable windows, vents or dehumidifiers, as well as drying items before storing them in the garage.


Weatherstripping seals the gaps between your garage door and the surrounding walls, floor and roof. It improves energy efficiency, reduces noise and protects the inside of your garage from outside elements, much like insulation, which is also important. Weatherstripping is prone to damage and erosion due to exposure to the elements, so it must be inspected, repaired and/or replaced regularly.

Balance testing

An unbalanced door may close unexpectedly when it is supposed to be fixed in the open position, causing a clear danger. Regular maintenance should include balance testing.

Regular inspections

Your garage door should be inspected at least once a year by a professional with the knowledge and experience to identify problems and carry out repairs. This is the most efficient approach in terms of both time and money. Visit Up and Over Doors Ltd or a similar company not only to purchase garage doors Bristol, but also to find help with repairs and upgrades.

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By making sure your garage is properly insulated and ventilated, with adequate weatherstripping, and that regular inspections and maintenance are carried out by experienced professionals, you can ensure your garage door works safely and effectively for longer.