A roll-up door is used widely in commercial stores, warehouses, offices, public places and even back home, usually for the garage. Personal storage rooms often have a roll-up door as well. Now, a commercial roll-up door is subject to a lot of heavy handed use, day in and day out. It is only natural for the roll-up door to have problems every now and then. As your roll-up door ages, the troubles can become even more frequent. Maintaining your roll-up door on a regular basis can be the best way to prevent larger problems. Should you let the minor issues to escalate, the problems could be a headache and would also cause you some serious expenses.
Here are some maintenance tips for your commercial roll-up door which you can do yourself without any professional help and with tools that are already handy for you.
There are three major problems that a roll-up door would have:
- The most common one would be that the roll-up door would either move too quickly or too slowly. As a roll-up door ages, this problem would become even more omnipresent. The two other extremely common issues are sticky wheels and increased friction. Each of these three problems can make it difficult to operate a roll-up door, let aside the irritation it causes the handler. All these three problems can be sorted, as well as prevented completely, by using these simple techniques.
- Upon extensive use over a certain period of time, the spring tension of a roll-up door may weaken. This can lead to quick movement of the door when operated, either opened or closed. At times, the spring tension can get further stressed which would make movement slower. In either case, adjusting the spring tension is necessary. You could simply adjust the spring tension as per your desire once a month to prevent any changes in the way the roll-up door opens or closes. Oiling the springs is also desirable. You may do this once a month or once in three months, depending on the type of roll-up door you have, its quality and the extent to which it is used.
- Sticky wheels or increased friction can be addressed by the same maintenance practice. One just needs to readjust the track brackets. The wheels stick or bind to the tracks owing to a reduced gap of the door and the brackets. Having a quarter of an inch or half an inch distance between the two is desirable. The friction problem can also be addressed with this. Oiling the wheels and greasing the tracks can get even better results.