To celebrate the fast-approaching Independence Day and our relief for gradual independence from lockdown, we invite you to celebrate safely and enjoy your independence from garage door maintenance with a Fimbel Architectural Door!
After these many weeks of COVID quarantine, we are all eager for a break. Our team members and industry partners have proudly maintained a steady and dedicated beat. Maintaining essential operations was no easy task, so we know the upcoming holiday will be a welcome relief. It is time for all of us to unwind and relax. The last thing anyone wants to do is worry about issues with garage doors – despite how much we love them.
Servicing your door is a critical item on the homeowner's checklist; unfortunately, it is often and
dangerously overlooked. Knowing that 71% of Americans use their garage door as the primary entrance to their home, we know the wear and tear on the mechanisms can invite unexpected costs, demands on your time, and threats to your safety.
Find a Professional Technician
In our organization, safety must be the first priority. The first and most important aspect of maintaining your garage door is to understand what you, the homeowner, should keep an eye on and what you should rely on a trained professional to handle.
Professional maintenance should be done regularly and will include comprehensive checks of the rollers and hinges, motor, weather seal, cables, track, and most importantly – the springs. Choosing to tackle these aspects of the door may seem easy enough, but a trained professional is necessary for your benefit and safety.
Add to Your Regular Home Maintenance List
Regularly check the mechanisms of the door to be sure they have adequate lubrication to allow the system to glide through the tracks. All moving parts (metallic) using non-greasy, non-silicone-based garage door lubricant. If the movement of the sections become stiff and begin to make a squeaking sound, they may need oil. Be sure not to over oil and subsequently collect residue and debris. You can also check your photo-eyes to be sure the trip sensor is connected.
How it's Made Matters
Basic steel doors do not require much maintenance, but they also tend to live a short life before looking weathered and worn. In contrast, wood doors will last a long time in the right environment, but they require a great deal of maintenance. Maintaining a wood door requires regular cleaning of the exterior to prolong the life of the wood and stain. The finish on your wood door should be inspected no less than every 12 months, and more frequently if the wood door is exposed to direct sunlight (facing south, southeast, or south west) or harsh weather conditions are present. About every 2-3 years it is recommended to sand and reapply a clear topcoat your wood doors with the paint or stain of your choice. Prior to refinishing, you will need to use wood filler to cover any cracks or blemishes and allow it to dry. Sand the door with the grain and with gentle pressure. Allow adequate dry time between each application and be sure to tape off windows and decorative hardware. We believe the maintenance free solution is a garage door made with our vinyl material and our vinyl clad-steel.
Keep it Beautiful
For our naturally white, vinyl doors, you can expect a lifetime of low maintenance pleasure. For our factory finish doors, whether paint or faux stain, you can count on a warm water rinse here and a little soap there to keep your door beautiful. Should you choose to finish your door, it will merely add to the clean appearance over time!
We pride ourselves on our partnership with a paint and faux stain manufacturer that can offer an array of colors and a solid warranty against fading. Their innovative heat reflective pigments create a product developed to bring dark colors regardless of exposure to your door. Should you change your mind down the road, our paint product offers a DIY kit for a fresh coat or a fresh new look.
Fimbel Keeps it Easy
To ensure years of trouble-free performance, the face and edges of your vinyl sections are UV-resistant and may be left in their natural, unfinished white color. This technology allows the material of your door to remain in its natural, unfinished state. You can expect a lifetime of ease. No need to repeatedly refinish. You can repair many dents and dings due to our advanced material, Versatex. And you can count on the quality and beauty of our doors.
For general cleaning of Fimbel garage door sections:
- Rinse dust and debris from the face of the door using warm water.
- Use warm water and a mild dishwashing liquid soap.
- Apply mild hand dishwashing detergents such as Dawn, Joy, or Ivory to the wet door surface using a very wet sponge or a very soft bristled brush.
- Avoid using/applying Windex directly on the face of the door.
- Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
For more stubborn spots on white, unfinished doors:
- Use Soft Scrub, Clorox Cleanup or Clorox Outdoors can be used.
- Use Mr. Clean Erasers with a gentle hand.
- Wipe with isopropyl or denatured alcohol to remove any soap, cleaner residue, or dust.
Do not do the following:
X Use solutions containing acid or solvents like MEK, acetone, or Toluene.
X Use Simple Green, as it may yellow the face of your door.
X Use a power washer to remove dirt or stains from the door.
X Use heat or induce heat when field cleaning or painting. Heat lamps, and heaters could cause damage and may void your warranty. Though heat guns may be used to repair some dings and dents, proper guidance is advised.
X Wash your finished door within 30 days of installation.
The final tip is this: Do not sell yourself short on your garage door. You deserve to have a beautiful, low-maintenance door that will welcome you home each and every time with a smile and peace of mind.
If you have any questions about cleaning and caring for your door, please feel free to reach out! We do our best to make it easy for you because we want you to relax and celebrate your independence. We know the pride of being a 4th Generation American Manufacturer, and we are proud to bring you more in a garage door!