Tips in Preparing Your Garage Door For Winter

Prepare your garage door for winter

Though your garage door is made up of tough materials and the size is triple or more of the usual door, it can be prone to get damaged in the cold and freezing weather of winter.

Winter can destroy your garage and the structure of your home. Prepare your garage door before the first frost takes in to keep your home away from all the damages.

Below are some tips you can take to make sure your garage door is winter-ready.

 

 

Identifying any potential issues of your garage door can keep you from getting stressed during its operation in the colder months. Observe how your garage door operates every time you use it. Does it move smoothly or can you notice some shaky movements? Listen to the sound of your garage door. Does it move quietly or does it make any unusual sounds? Moreover, check if the springs, cables, and pulleys are well-balanced.

 

 

Your garage door operates thousands of times in a year. That can cause the hardware to get loosen. However, even though they look fine, tightening the hardware, will keep them away from winter storm and wind destruction. You may use a socket wrench to tighten bolts and roller brackets.

 

 

A brittle or cracked weather seal strip can allow elements such as snow and other debris to enter your house in winter. Check to see if they need to be replaced. There are plenty of bottom rubbers to choose from, depending on what your garage door needs. If you are unsure, you may call the local garage door professional to provide you the right type of rubber. 

 

  • Inspect And Replace Cables And Rollers

 

Cables and rollers are important parts of the garage door that helps in making your garage door to function smoothly and safely during its operation. However, if not in their proper condition can cause hazards. Colder weather can add pressure to these parts. If worn or damaged, make sure to replace them as soon as possible. Or, you may call in a professional to help you.

 

  • Lubricate The Moving Parts

 

Winter air has low humidity causing the garage parts to get dry. Lubricating the garage door parts can create seamless operation to your system and can extend the life expectancy of your garage door. It will only take you 10minutes to lubricate your garage door parts. But using the right garage door lubricant is essential. You can use a spray lubricant, which you can purchase from your local garage door specialist. Coat all the moving parts, as well as the overhead springs.

 

  • Insulate Your Garage Door

 

Your garage is the last thing you would consider to protect from the cold weather. But, insulating your garage door can help in controlling the temperature of the adjacent rooms and it also keeps you from spending thousands of money on energy bills. According to EPA, an insulated garage can improve the energy efficiency of your home. In addition, an insulated garage door can allow you to work or stay comfortable in your garage.

 

  • Test the Auto-Reverse System Features

 

The auto-reverse system of your garage door makes sure that the door will function safely and if it has sensed that something Is blocking its way, it will reverse its direction.

There are two methods to test the system; mechanical and photocell. To test the mechanical feature, put a brick or a piece of wood on the ground, aligned with the garage door. When the door is closing and touches the object, it should automatically reverse and go back up. The second one is the photoelectrical system with beams on each side. To test it, shut the door and while it is making its way to move down, pass your leg to the door’s path. If the system is working properly, your door will reverse its direction.

 

  • Clear The Tracks

 

If your tracks are full f debris and grease, it can cause your garage door to go up and down unevenly. Make sure to clear out debris that is collected in your tracks, both sides. If you are so determined, check the plumb using a level. If it is not aligned properly, call a professional to make the necessary adjustments. Track adjustment is risky to those who are not skilled in doing the job.

 

  • Protect Your Garage Door Itself

 

Make sure to protect the door itself. If you are using a wood door, keep it dry. Snow or rain can cause your door to swell as the door, door jamb and door frame naturally absorb water. When water freezes in cold weather, your door might end up frozen shut.

Remember that your garage door is the biggest opening of your home, where you store most of your important possessions such as your vehicle. That is why keeping it well maintained is necessary to surpass the threats of winter. If you need help in tuning up your garage door, please contact our local office today.