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Best Tips for Maintaining Your Business’s Overhead Door

Even for a small business, an overhead door is never small. Overhead doors often measure over 12 feet in length and are categorized as commercial doors. Like all other doors, overhead doors require regular maintenance and general care to ensure that they stay in good working condition. Regular maintenance also ensures that your overhead door lasts as long as it should. No matter how frequently you use your overhead door, it’s important to have it serviced regularly. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. By keeping your door in good shape, you’ll be able to save money on repairs and enjoy your overhead door for years to come.

Read on to learn more about the best ways to maintain your overhead door.

Look and Listen

It’s simple, but just listening for any sounds being produced by your door, you may be able to determine if it’s not working properly. A visual inspection can also clue you into cosmetic damage that may need to be repaired. So, make it a habit to inspect your overhead door on a regular basis. In fact, this inspection should be included in your schedule. 

Areas to evaluate include…

Vertical and Horizontal Tracks

Look out for flares, loose rollers, and other defects on the track that may seem inconsistent. Also, ensure that your rollers are not damaged and that they’re moving properly as the door opens and closes. 

Springs, Hinges, and Other Hardware

Also, check for any screws that may be loose or damaged. Make sure all of the hardware is properly installed and functioning at its optimal level. Over time, tiny hardware problems can create bigger issues. 

Lift Cables

Door lift cables are usually made from durable materials designed for commercial doors that last a lifetime. These cables should be free from knots and frays that may cause them to malfunction. In case you spot damage on any of these items, ensure that they are quickly replaced or repaired.

Manual doors are designed in a way that makes it easy for them to be lifted for inspection. Electric doors have a manual release option that enables you to change from electric to manual. This should be engaged during an inspection. In most cases, the door will automatically switch to the manual mode by simply pulling the emergency cord. This makes it easier for you to check all the parts and make any necessary repairs. Though, in the event that you need assistance, seek the services of a licensed technician.


The metal sections of the door require motor oil for lubrication. By using a clean cloth, you can apply oil on the hinges, the door’s spring system, and the rollers. Make sure each metal part that touches another metal part is sufficiently lubricated. This prevents rust and ensures proper operation and a long life for your business’ overhead door.

Frontier Pacific  

For a professional touch, contact us at Frontier Pacific. We can perform any necessary repairs or replacements. We’re experts when it comes to servicing your commercial doors, so if you’re in the Hayward area, give us a call at (510) 279-0232, or send us an email.