Q: Does my steel garage door require maintenance?
A: We recommend the following maintenance be performed on an annual basis:

  • Clean door surface with a mild household detergent and rinse with clean water
  • Lubricate all moving parts of the door with light household oil
  • Check for loose or bent hinges
  • Check rollers for bent shafts, broken wheels or worn out bearings
  • Check the door and tracks for loose or missing bolts, screws and tighten.
  • Check for bent track

Q: What horsepower garage door opener do I need with my door?
A: Generally a 1/2 horsepower opener is sufficient for any single car doors and a 3/4 horsepower for some of the heavier double car doors.

Q: When referring to the gauge of the steel, is the lower number the thicker steel?
A: Yes. The lower the gauge, the thicker and stronger the steel. For example, 24 gauge steel is thicker than 25 gauge steel.

Q: What do you recommend for painting my steel garage door?
A: Steel doors should be painted with a high quality exterior latex (water base) paint. The surface must be cleaned prior to application of paint to the steel. On new doors, the surface just needs to be wiped down with a damp cloth. Doors which have been installed for a while should be cleaned with a mild household cleaner.

Q: How much headroom do I need to install my door?
A: Doors with torsion springs require 12″ of headroom. If installing a garage door opener, you will need an additional 2″ to 3″ of headroom. Low headroom hardware is available that can reduce the headroom requirement to as low as 4″.