Building a Custom Garage? 3 Things You Need to Do to Properly Maintain It
Building a custom garage is a major investment and routine maintenance goes a long way in maintaining the value of your new asset. While many homeowners tend to overlook their garages, doing so can prove detrimental, both to the value of the property and the contents of the garage. Curious how to maintain your garage so that it adds to rather than detracts from the value of your home? The experts at Sussel Garages share a few tips below.
1. Clean and Inspect the Garage Door
Your garage door is the largest, most visible component of your custom garage, and in most cases, its primary entry point. To ensure your garage door remains safe and functional throughout its lifespan, performing periodic cleanings and inspections is critical. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to do:
● Thoroughly clean the interior and exterior of the door
● Clean and lubricate weather stripping
● Inspect, clean, tighten, and lubricate tracks, rollers, springs, hinges, and other hardware
● Clean and service the opener belt or chain
● Test the alignment and operational speed of the door
● Test the functionality of photo-eye sensors and the door’s mechanical reverse feature
● Replace the batteries and bulbs in the garage door opener
2. Care for the Floor
Depending on how you use your garage, the floor can take quite a beating on a daily basis. And without proper maintenance, it can deteriorate faster than you’d like. At a minimum, you should clean your garage flooring twice per year, and ideally, more often than that if you use the space extensively. It may also be a good idea to seal the floor, which will help porous concrete repel moisture.
Inspect Windows and Doors
If you’re adding windows and entry doors to your custom garage, you’ll need to periodically inspect them to ensure they’re properly sealed and fully functional. Worn out, leaky windows and doors don’t just mar the appearance of your garage, they also compromise its energy efficiency and detract from its value.
In some cases, window and door inspections can even reveal issues with the garage’s foundation. If doors and windows appear to be uneven or they stick when you open or close them, that may indicate foundation settling, which can be a major issue.
3. Inspect the Structure of the Garage
It’s important to periodically assess the structural health of your garage to ensure that everything inside it remains well protected from the elements. If the roof, walls, or foundation of the garage are in trouble, everything inside the building is at risk for damage, which is why you need to inspect for:
● Signs of water damage near the roof and floor, as well as along the walls
● Signs of water damage in the attic (if you have one)
● Cracks or other types of foundation deterioration
● Signs of roof damage that may allow water to penetrate the roof
If you identify anything questionable, it’s critical that you take steps to remedy the problem promptly to avoid further structural deterioration or damage to your belongings. An experienced garage builder can perform a more thorough inspection and advise you on any repairs you may need.
Planning a Custom Garage? Let Sussel Garages Bring Your Vision to Life
If you’re thinking about adding a custom garage to your Twin Cities property, let our team at Sussel Garages bring your ideas to life. For over 100 years, we’ve proudly served the garage planning and construction needs of Twin Cities homeowners, and we’d love to consult with you on your project too.
To request a free estimate or learn more about our services, give us a call today at 612-379-0949 (Minneapolis) or 651-645-0331 (St. Paul). You can also send us a message with any questions, and we’ll be in touch.