The garage door is first. The garage door honestly doesn’t need a ton of maintenance for the bulk of its life. It is relatively easy to have a garage door that breaks infrequently or almost never at all with an astoundingly small amount of maintenance. Things like inspecting it for rust or chipping paint and lubricating it every so often is really all you need to do. If you have a wooden garage door you may need to be a bit more vigilant to make sure that there is no rotting or cracking in the wood but otherwise what is required of you is pretty easy. If you remembered to lubricate the moving parts of your garage door and nothing showed itself to be having an unusual amount of wear and tear every few months you could easily put in just a few hours over the life time of your garage door to ensure that it last for many many years. However the important thing is to just make sure that you schedule the time or remember to inspect and maintain the door from time to time. On top of this you also need to make sure that if you do notice something that you seek out real help or a real solution to whatever the problem is so it doesn’t persist and affect other portions of the garage door.
The second thing we mentioned which still needs maintenance from time to time is that pesky garage door opener. Garage door openers are the things that make the magic happen and if that isn’t working it is a pretty good chance that your garage door is also much less useful. Knowing how to keep your garage door well maintained and down so is important to keeping your garage a usable space and for keeping your garage door working. A problem with your garage door opener can cause a problem with your garage door making them both in need of repairs which means more money and time without a garage for you. Maintenance of both is important and if you read the previous paragraph you might be surprised to find that the garage door opener can be maintained in much the same way as the garage door. The basics of the garage door opener are that the moving parts need to stay lubricated and that you need to keep track of when parts might need to be replaced. The only problem is that just inspecting your garage door opener and staying vigilant doesn’t necessarily make sure that you are doing everything right. Your garage door opener may need parts replaced at certain times or after a certain amount of cycles so having a manual or a professional maintain your garage door opener does have it’s upsides as they will have the expertise to guide you.
Lastly is the car. It is pretty directly related to the garage and the garage door and is a big culprit for convincing people that they don’t really need to take care of their things because they are only built to last so long. Cars need an astoundingly small amount of maintenance compared to cars of previous decades and as electric cars and self driving cars become the norm we are bound to see that continue. It used to be that in order to own a car for more than a month or so you needed to have some idea of how it worked or at least know someone else who did. People needed to change their oil more often, replace pads, drain fluids, the whole works. Now cars are made to go thousands of miles without maintenance and the majority of the maintenance many people now see as somewhat optional. Cars are no longer driven until they are unable to move but instead they’re often replaced because they are too old or are just not worth fixing up enough to be usable anymore.
Now, I am not hating on the idea that things are less expensive to buy in the first place but don’t last as long. The dispvosablitily of things is great for a lot of consumers and lets them keep up with the times more easily. However maintenance should not turn into something from a bygone era but instead should be something that is remembered as a way to keep the things that cost more or are even just not as interesting maybe from breaking down before they really should. Simple things like tuning up your car or calibrating your garage door correctly are very easy, very inexpensive for most and can push the longevity of your car to brand new heights if you keep them up. This means that while you spend a small amount of money every so often it really won’t matter in comparison to the large amount of money on buying a new car or garage door that you will save.