Integrity Garage Door Repair

The Most Trusted and Experienced Name for Garage Door Repair and Replacement in Norfolk!

Integrity Garage Door Repair is an independently owned garage door repair company that specializes in repairing and replacing garage door. The company has been serving the residents of Norfolk, VA for many years. Integrity Garage Door Repair is well-known for its top-notch customer service.

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Tips We Share to Help Customers Prolong Their Door's Life

A well-maintained garage door can last for many years with proper care and regular maintenance. However, without the right upkeep, even a high-quality door is susceptible to wear and tear that shortens its lifespan. As a garage door repair company serving Norfolk for over 15 years, we want to share some of our top tips to help homeowners get the most out of their doors.

Door's Life Tips

Lubricate Moving Parts Regularly

From rollers and hinges to tracks and springs, your garage door has many parts that need to be lubricated on a regular basis. We recommend lubricating all moving components about once every 3-6 months with a silicone-based spray lubricant. This reduces friction that causes premature wear. Pay special attention to lubricating the areas where metal parts contact each other.

Clean the Tracks

Buildup of dirt and debris in the tracks is one of the leading causes of garage door problems. To keep tracks clean, wipe them down with a dry rag each month. For more thorough cleaning, remove any buildup using a wire brush and vacuum the tracks. This allows the door to glide smoothly and prevents unnecessary strain on the opener motor.

Inspect Cables and Springs

Broken or worn cables and springs are a major safety hazard that also require replacement of the entire door. For this reason, check cables and springs every 6 months for any signs of corrosion, twisting or snapped strands. Immediately call a pro if you notice any issues. Replacing worn components before failure helps avoid more extensive repairs down the road.

Adjust and Tighten Hardware

Over time, the bolts, nuts, screws and other hardware that holds your garage door together may loosen due to normal use. Check to ensure all hinges, rollers, pulleys and mounting brackets are securely fastened. Properly adjusted hardware prevents rattling noises and reduces stress on other parts. Retighten any loose fasteners as needed.

Maintain the Opener

Most garage door issues actually stem from problems with the opener rather than the door itself. Keep your opener well-lubricated and clean out any spider webs or debris from motors and sensors. Check that photo eyes are clear and aligned. Replace worn rubber drive belts per manufacturer recommendations. A well-maintained opener prevents unnecessary door strain.

Test and Replace Safety Features

Safety is key, so test your door’s automatic reversal system monthly. Immediately call a pro if it doesn’t meet safety standards. Additionally, check your photo eye safety sensors every 6 months to confirm they’re triggering the door to stop and reverse as intended. Plan to replace them every few years according to the specs. End-of-life sensors can fail when needed most.

Store the Door Properly

When not in use for extended periods, store your garage door in the fully closed position with support bracing to protect hardware from unnecessary pressure or wind damage. Secure any loose panels to reduce rattling, too. Properly supported storage spares both your door and garage from potential weather or pest damage between uses.

Inspect Weather stripping

Rotten or cracked weather stripping allows air and moisture penetration that leads to premature door failure issues over time like delamination or rust. Check seals annually and replace any damaged stripping or bristles. Properly sealed doors resist the elements better keeping components dry and corrosion-free.


There are a few signs it’s time for new springs: stretched or broken coils/cables, doors difficult to open/close, snapped cables, rust or corrosion on springs. It’s important for safety to replace springs that are nearing the end of their lifespan before failure could cause injury. We recommend inspecting springs every 6 months for preventative maintenance.

Noises from a garage door could indicate an issue needing attention. Check for squeaking or grinding sounds which may mean lubrication is needed. Screeching/scraping usually means tracks need cleaning/aligning. Banging or clanking often occurs with loose hardware, worn rollers/bearings or improperly adjusted openers. For unusual noises, it’s best to have a pro inspect the problem to prevent further damage. A thorough tune-up can often quiet noisy doors.