Top Tips for Maintaining Your Concrete Garage

Most homeowners give little or no thought to the upkeep of their garages, with the space over time becoming a neglected corner of the home storing anything from cars to garden furniture. That is why concrete garage are a popular option for many, the main benefit being that very little maintenance is required. That is not to say that the concrete garage door is a no-maintenance part of your home, with just a few simple checks and a little upkeep throughout the year, you can prolong the lifespan of your garage by a significant amount.

Garage door
The garage door is one of the largest moving pieces of apparatus in your home and is the part of your garage that will require the most maintenance. To ensure the safety of your door, regularly check it for signs of wear and tear. Ask yourself the following questions when using the door: is it moving smoothly? Are there any unusual grinding or scraping noises? Check springs, cables and rollers for any small signs of damage. By catching small warning signs early you may be saving yourself from a bigger problem down the line.

The moving parts of a garage door require periodic lubrication to ensure their continued smooth running. This only takes a few minutes a year and is very simple to complete. Use a spray lubricant, available from any local hardware store, and use this to coat hinges, rollers and the door’s locking mechanism.

Walls and Foundations
It is advised that twice a year you thoroughly check your garage interior and exterior walls, plus the foundation, for moisture and cracks. Cracks smaller than ¼ of an inch that are not causing water damage are typically harmless. If you notice cracks and fissures are growing however, or if one side of your ceiling appears lower than the other, it could mean your foundation has settled and it is time to seek professional advice.

Keep it clean
A simple but often neglected part of maintaining your concrete garage is keeping it clean, both inside and out. Keeping your space clutter free can prevent accidents within the garage. Regularly hose down your concrete garage floor to prevent slip hazards and stains caused by auto fluids, paint and the array of miscellaneous chemical ingredients likely to be found in a garage.

If you garage has guttering, make sure you clean it out every spring and autumn. While there, it may be worth checking for any signs of damage to the guttering, as well checking your roof for any problems or missing tiles etc. Keeping on top of these jobs prevent them from becoming a big task later.

Check for pests
The environment of a garage is naturally more prone to attract pests than the rest of your home. The dark and cluttered space provide perfect shelter from the harsh winter for pests such as ants, rodents and spiders. Pests don’t have to be a nuisance, by regularly inspecting your garage for signs of infestation you can catch the problem early. If the problem does get out of hand, make sure you call in a pest control expert to safely deal with the problem.

So there you have it. A few simple preventative measure you can employ to extend the lifespan of your garage and ensure in remains in good working order for a long time to come.