Garage Doors and Maintenance: Keep Your Door in Great Shape

When I bought my first home, I knew I was going to have to start maintaining different parts of the home to keep everything functioning properly. However, what I did not realize was that the garage door was one of these things. I decided to create this website because I had no idea how much maintenance a garage door needed and what types of maintenance. If you aren't cleaning your garage door tracks, checking for loose screws or oiling the tracks on a bi-monthly basis, I hope my website teaches you how to do this maintenance and the importance of performing it.

Simple Steps To Patch A Small Hole In Your Wooden Garage Door


If you have a wooden garage door that has a small hole in it, you have reason to be concerned about the problem becoming worse. Not only this, cold air will be able to enter and this can be annoying if you have a heated garage. Patch the hole by completing a few steps. When finished, the surface of the door will appear to be uniform and the damaged area will no longer be visible. 

Use These Materials

  • wood cleaner
  • dry rags
  • wet rag
  • sandpaper (low and fine grit)
  • hand or electric sander
  • compressed air
  • wood filler (for exteriors)
  • putty knife
  • primer
  • paint
  • small paint brush

Clean And Sand The Surface

If your door is electric, disable it so that it does not accidentally open while you are repairing it. Clean the damaged area by applying wood cleaner to it and wiping it with a cloth. Once no visible dirt is left, rinse the area with a wet cloth. Wait for the wood to dry. Sand the surface of the wood with low grit sandpaper. Attach the paper to a hand sander or electric sander to make the job easier. Once the surface feels smooth, lightly sand the area with fine grit paper. Any dust that is left behind can be removed by spraying compressed air in and around the hole.

Fill The Hole

Fill the hole with wood filler that is designed to be used outdoors. This type of filler comes in the form of putty. Mold the filler so that it fits into the hole. Add enough to fill the hole completely and smooth down the interior and exterior sides of the door with a putty knife. The putty may take an hour or two to dry. Check the condition of this material before attempting to move onto the next step.

Sand, Prime, And Paint The Repaired Area

Lightly sand the repaired area until it is level. Use the compressed air again to remove any dust that the sandpaper leaves behind. Use a thin paintbrush to add a thin, even coating of primer to the repaired area. Wait for it to dry for a couple of hours. Add the same color of paint that the door was previously painted with. One or two coats should be enough to match the deepness of the color with the rest of the door. Once the paint has dried, you can use the door. The damage will no longer be apparent and cold air will not be able to enter your garage.

Talk to your garage repair experts, such as those at Lipe Brothers Garage Doors, for more information.


14 January 2015