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How to Prevent Rust on Your Garage Door

How to Prevent Rust on Your Garage Door


It’s starts with an ‘R’, has four letters and, if you live in a house, it should scare the bejesus out of you.

Nope, the ‘rent’ isn’t quite what we’re looking for, although right now renting does look pretty scary.

Thankfully, you own your home – but what you need to be afraid of is rust.

In this post, we explain how to prevent rust on your garage door – one of the key areas of your home where rust can rear its ugly head.

How does rust form?

Rust occurs when iron is exposed to oxygen and moisture for long periods of time. Usually how this happens on your garage door is that paint cracks, water gets into that area, and then it oxidises – creating rust.

Where is rust most common?

Rust is more of a concern in some areas than others. Snowy areas are particularly susceptible to rust – but that’s not much of a problem in Adelaide… unless you live right at the top of Mount Lofty, and even then it only snows there once a decade. Coastal areas are also prone to rust, so if you’re lucky enough to live in a beachside suburb of Adelaide, it’s good to take extra precautions.

Cleaning your garage door

Cleaning the garage door is one of the most effective ways to prevent rust. Cleaning prevents abrasive debris like dirt and dust from building up on your garage door, which can wear away at your paint over time, allowing water and oxygen to affect the iron beneath the cracked paint. Take a soft cloth that’s damp with warm water and a bit of detergent, and wipe down your garage door once a month.

Painting your garage door

Paint not only makes your garage door look great – it also prevents the metal from being exposed to oxygen and water, preventing rust. If your garage door’s paint is fading, it’s more at risk of rusting. That’s where having your garage door professionally recoated is a great way to stop rust.

Lubricating its parts

Aside from the face of your garage, you should also be equally concerned with its moving parts, which are just as prone to rust. The best way to deter rust from happening on your door’s parts is to have them sufficiently lubricated.

Lubrication helps the motion of crucial parts like rollers, chains and hinges, but it also acts as a protective layer from water and oxygen – the two key ingredients for rust.

Call up the team at The Garage Door Guys for a garage door inspection and service. Our technicians will lubricate your door, making it run smoother and defending it from rust.

The Garage Door Guys are Adelaide’s leading team for rust prevention, service and repair on your garage door. Give us a call today and kiss that rust goodbye! (Not literally, please.)

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