With winter on the horizon, homeowners are aware that they must pull up their socks and start preparing their homes for the potential dangers the season brings. Pre-winter activities include everything from inspecting your roof and cleaning your gutters to cutting tree branches and performing general tune-ups. But did you know you must also winterize your garage door?
The garage is a vital part of your home and a safe place for your vehicles and possessions. Inclement weather can cause damage to your garage just as much as it can to other parts of your home. Winterizing your garage door protects your vehicles and personal belongings from the elements while increasing its durability. Here are four ways garage doors can be winterized with the help of a professional.
Examine or Add New Weatherstripping
Weatherstripping is an essential part of winterizing your garage door. This simple process prevents chilly drafts or air leaks by sealing cracks or openings in your garage door. If you’ve already weatherstripped your garage door from the previous winter, thoroughly inspect it. Weatherstripping can deteriorate over time, resulting in cracks that allow outside air inside.
Cold spots in your garage may also indicate abrasion of the weatherstripping material, which can be repaired by a garage door technician. They will remove old layers of sealant and apply new weatherstripping to the door. You can request to replace the weatherstripping entirely in some cases. Proper door measurements are critical to secure a tight seal.
Inspect Your Insulation
Insulation is one of the most critical ways to trap the heat in your garage. When your garage door is insulated, it keeps moisture at bay. Proper insulation prevents possible door freezing and the consequent damage it may cause.
There are several types of insulation available, including foam boards, fiberglass, and cellulose. You can also opt for a garage door replacement with one that has built-in insulation.
Check Door and Tracks Function
When winterizing your garage door, the most straightforward tip is often the most helpful. One simple tip is to ensure your garage door and tracks are working correctly.
Keep your eyes and ears open for any noises your garage door makes when you open and close it. If it becomes temporarily stuck, garage door track cleaning services are needed. The seemingly minor kinks can indicate a more severe issue that requires attention before winter arrives.
Ensure Adequate Lubrication
Garage door tune-ups are a must before winter arrives to avoid problems later. Because the mechanism of your garage door is primarily made of metal parts, these components must be adequately oiled to maintain smooth operation.
Garage door components must be lubricated, including hinges, rollers, and springs. Lubricants prevent these parts from cracking or drying out as winter approaches. Most garage door professionals will use a non-silicone-based lubricant or white lithium grease to achieve satisfactory results.
Remember that preventive maintenance to winterize your garage is a cost-effective solution that helps avoid future problems. Don’t hesitate to contact us at 508-473-0030 or simply fill out the form here for a consultation for all your garage door needs.