Maintenance

Door Screens

As you use your door screen it important to regularly clean the tracks. This will help it work for many years to come. If not cleaned and used while debris  is in the track it will pull it back into the housing. You could do this for years depending on the amount of use. However, over time debris will collect in the housing and cause your screen not to operate like it should. Here are some tips to help keep your door screen working like new. Periodically clean your bottom track, use vacuum or broom to clean out debris that may collect in the bottom track. To keep it sliding smoothly use the 100% silicone spray lubricant that was given to you at the time of install. Spray the tracks after they have been cleaned. For best operation spray  both top and bottom track as needed.

The Mesh is not fastened into the top and bottom track, so impacts by animals or kids can push the mesh out of the track. If the mesh has come out, you can put it back in the track by hand or you can slowly retract the screen with slight jerking motions back and forth to insure the mesh does not fold or crease when it is retracted. If your mesh has been torn or damaged, it can be replaced. Just give us a call and we will come replace it.

Motorized Screens

Motorized screens are a very durable and dependable product. Most questions regarding this product are about how to clean the screens. No other maintenance is needed. We recommend using a hose, or pressure washer on a light setting and using a cotton towel to wipe clean. If you want to use soap, we recommend using dish soap in moderation. If the screen is dusty, a broom works to brush it down as well. If you have any other questions regarding the product or maintenance, feel free to give us a call.

Lifestyle Screens

Your Lifestyle garage screen is a sturdy, durable and easy to use product. However, for optimum performance over the long run it is recommended that periodic maintenance as described below be performed.

  • Use dry silicone spray to lube various points: rollers, top and bottom track of the center retractable passage door and the center bolt of the black pulley on the tight radius track curve. Avoid spraying any type of lube on the cable and pulleys.
  • Periodically vacuum out any debris caught in the bottom guide rails of the middle retractable passage door.
  • Before raising your Lifestyle garage screen from the vertical closed position to the horizontal open position it is recommended that you open the center retractable passage door into the screen canister.
  • Always store your Lifestyle garage screen with the center retractable passage door in the rolled-up open position.
  • To keep the screen mesh material clean use only a mild detergent with a sponge and hose down with water.
  • When moving your Lifestyle garage screen from the horizontal position to the vertical position, do not push up on the screen frame so as to avoid hitting the magnets that are installed on the top horizontal of the Lifestyle garage screen frame against any part of the garage door such as the back of the panels, any reinforcing bars installed on the back of the garage door frame, and the bottom edge of the garage door.

QMI Security Screens

Your QMI Rolling Shutters should be operated as often as possible to ensure optimal performance. Once per week is recommended, but a minimally accepted standard is once per month.This will shake loose any foreign substance that may accumulate on the slats and side tracks. DO NOT force your shutter to open or close.

MONTHLY MAINTENANCE: With the shutters in the completely open position, use a damp cloth or towel to wipe down the inside of the side tracks. Spray the inside of the side tracks with DRY SILICONE SPRAY ONLY. DO NOT use any oil-based lubricants such as WD-40. Then, dampen a cloth with the silicone spray and wipe down the outside of the box housings, the exterior of the side tracks and the entire universal and handle assembly. This procedure should be performed once per month if possible, or minimally once every three months.

CLEANING: Should you wish to wash the shutter slats, place the shutters in the completely closed position and wash slats using Fantastic, 409, or equivalent. RINSE COMPLETELY.

SANDY CONDITIONS: After a hurricane event, or if rolling shutters have been in the down position for prolonged periods, it is important to hose off the shutter BEFORE operating the shutter back up into the box housing. Sand and debris can accumulate in the slat hinges and prohibit smooth operation of your shutter. Starting at the top of the curtain, use a spray attachment on a water hose and thoroughly spray along each slat segment to ensure sand and debris are removed from the curtain area. Additionally, spray the vertical side track openings starting at the top, and working down the track opening clearing any debris buildup. Saturate the rail felt to break down embedded salt and debris. Wash the curtain and rails with a cleaner/ degreaser – such as Simple Green with a soft bristled brush.

WINTER CONDITIONS: During freezing conditions, ensure the curtain and side tracks are clear of any ice or snow buildup before raising the shutter into the box housing. Raising the shutter with frozen debris attached to the curtain or rails could cause damage to the shutter system. Additionally, use caution not to roll up a wet shutter curtain when freezing conditions may be imminent as dropping temperatures could freeze the water on the coiled curtain with ice inside the box housing. If the shutter is not operating smoothly during freezing conditions, never force the shutter up or down.

To operate gear and crank shutters:

To Raise: Stand away from the wall holding the crank handle at a 45° angle, bend the handle at the two elbows and turn the handle until the shutter is in the desired position. DO NOT attempt to roll the curtain all the way into the box housing – 2-3” of slat MUST stay engaged in the side rails.

To Lower: HHold the crank handle in the same fashion as described above. Turn the crank handle in the opposite direction until shutter is closed, and turn no further. DO NOT FORCE. When operating motorized shutters: Ensure the shutter travel is clear of obstacles. Visually observe the shutter travel when operating the remote control or switch to ensure the curtain is not obstructed during operation. There are no reversing sensors on the shutter and damage may occur to the shutter or the obstacle. Obstructions can also throw off the upper or lower limit stops creating the need to reset them. Damages caused or repairs required due to shutter obstructions are not covered by warranty.

Locks: If you have slide locks, ensure the slide locks are completely drawn into curtain before operation. For cylinder locks, occasionally use a PTFE based dry film lubricant such as Blaster (found at Home Depot) or CRC, in keyway to keep debris clear and to lubricate lock tumblers.