Garage Doors and Frames
Common Painting Problems
Garage doors and frames are generally constructed from many individual components. Since these components are mostly wood, all the joints and seams must be perfectly sealed, or moisture will enter these fixtures, paint will peel, and wood rot is inevitable. Unfortunately, not all these joints are perfectly sealed, and if you have peeling paint or bare wood on your garage door or frame, you are a potential candidate for a new door, and a hefty installation fee.
At Student Works Painting, we can save your existing door and frame, and prevent costly repairs by performing some basic maintenance. Moisture generally affects the base of the frames where the wood meets the driveway and at the bottom of individual panels in the door; these are our focus areas.
If your garage door is peeling, it is clear you need repairs. If, however, there is no peeling, but when you raise your garage door, you notice water stains on the inside panels, this is evidence that the deterioration has begun. The reason water has penetrated the door is that every time you raise or lower your door, it jiggles each panel. Over time, these individual panels loosen, creating an entry point for rain water. Once through a tiny crack, water is absorbed by wood like a sponge, and the paint consequently peels. Left unattended, the wood will rot, and individual panels, if not the entire door, may need to be replaced. Similarly, at the base of the garage door frame, water has entered unsealed cracks, causing peeling.
We know that expensive refitting can be avoided. Wherever paint is peeling, we will scrape and sand thoroughly. After washing the door and frame, we will spot prime any bare spots. Then, the most critical function of all: caulking. Caulking will be applied to every seam and crack that is a potential entry point for water. This is what ensures the longevity of the paint job.
After all preparation is complete, and top line paints have been applied, your garage door and frame is refinished and refurbished, and repair bills are a thing of the past. We guarantee it.