Yet your garage door can’t do its job all by itself. No matter how strong and durable a garage door is, it can and will break down over time, if left to face the elements on its own. This can become a big problem for you and your home, because the garage door often is the first and last line of defense your garage has from rain, snow, outside debris and vermin. It’s up to you to make sure your garage door is kept in the best possible condition so it can continue to protect your garage and your home for as long as possible before it needs to be replaced. If you’re interested in learning how to winterize your garage, these tips will help you ensure your garage door is ready for whatever the season throws at it.
As the temperature dips below freezing, it’s important to be aware of what we store in the garage. Commonly stored items such as paint cans and cans of food that contain water can freeze during winter. The quality of both paint and your canned food items decreases with freeze-thaw cycles. It’s important to relocate these to an area with a more stable temperature.
Any proper garage door repair must include a check of all the door’s components. If your garage door windows have any cracks, you should replace them before winter arrives. Furthermore, you should also check the seal around the windows. If you notice any tears or cracks, the seal should be replaced before windows frames are damaged by rain or snow.
Garage Door Safety
We’ve already offered some suggestions for maintaining your garage door in winter. We recommend these maintenance activities because cold temperatures can cause the screws, springs, and other metal parts of your garage door to contract. The contraction may lead to your door failing to open or close properly. Sometimes these can pose a hazard to you and your family also. Lubricating the metal moving parts helps your garage door operate safely. In addition, keep the area under your garage door clear of snow and ice.
Keep Everything Tight
One of the most important tips you need to remember for winterizing your garage door is making sure everything on it is kept tight. Because a garage door typically moves up and down many times a day, it’s only natural that all that movement can start to take a toll on the door’s hardware. When vibration starts to loosen the hardware, gaps can appear in the door and allow cold air and snowfall into your garage. Make sure your garage door is ready for winter by tightening all of the door’s bolts with a socket wrench.
The key to proper garage door repair and maintenance: lubrication!
Lubrication is an important step in garage door fix and maintenance. You should lubricate the metal components at least twice a year. Use a petroleum-based lubricant and apply it to all metal parts that come in contact with one another. This includes hinges, rollers, and spring systems. Don’t forget to remove any excess product with a rag. Grease build-up can cause unnecessary wear and tear to the mechanism. Ask a specialist which lubricants to use on your garage door.
Take Care of the Rollers
Although your garage door itself might last for decades, not all of its components can long past as. For example, your garage door’s rollers will need to be inspected and replaced every several years. Whether they are steel or nylon, your garage door’s rollers can become worn and chipped over many years of constant use. It’s important to remember to inspect them before winter comes so you can replace any rollers.
Manually test your door
Did you know that many garage door difficulties can be discovered by testing your door manually? Because your door operates on a mechanical system it is often hard to detect any small problems in the system. A simple manual test can help you determine if there is a problem with the rollers, rails or spring tension. You should be able to lift a well-adjusted door manually. If this is not the case, your garage door’s mechanism may need some TLC. This can be due to overuse and if not fixed can greatly reduce your door’s lifespan. For your safety, never attempt to adjust the cables or torsion springs on your own.