Make Your Garage Door Winter-Friendly12/01/2013 Back To Blog
The fact is that garage doors are affected by temperatures, elements and general weather conditions since their materials react to changes and fluctuations. Whether the temperatures reach high or really low levels at your location, you need to remember that garage door maintenance will keep the mechanism extra healthy and prepared to deal with natural odds. The difference with the cold winter days is that the system may freeze in really low temperatures, the snow may keep the door from opening and the mechanical garage door parts will have a hard time moving properly and will usually produce awful noises. You must also keep in mind that taking care of the mechanism is much harder than in the summer. Have you ever tried to wash the panel in the freezing cold? Apart from endangering your own health, you might create more problems than the ones you will solve because water is easily turned into ice. So, it's better to focus on the needs of your garage system before you put the jacket on.
How to winterize the garage door
Obviously, garage door repairs come first. It's good to check every little component, tighten up the screws of brackets and hinges and ensuring that they are all able to serve you properly during the next months. One thing you must never forget is lubrication maintenance. It will be the actual food and water of the moving parts if you want them to avoid friction and save your ears from terrible, squeaky noises.
Your inspections should include the electric garage door openers, too. Concentrate on the efficiency of safety sensors now more than ever because if your five years old slips the minute the door is closing down, you would want to save the child from an accident. Change the batteries of the garage opener remote and lubricate the chain.
If you want to paint the panel, it's best to do it as long as the weather is nice. Your main concern is to check the surface for rust and take care of the dirt. Winter means cold and that's why you should think of insulating the material and certainly changing the bottom seal.