When the coldest months approach, there a few things that should be done to make sure your garage door is ready for winter!
Check the weather stripping at the bottom of your door. If it appears to be cracked it needs to be replaced to keep the cold air, wind and rain from coming in. The garage door weather-stripping creates a seal between the garage door and the opening. If a garage gets to cold the equipment you store in there may freeze and break. Also, paint or car fuels can freeze and decompose. Empty the liquids from the lawnmower and other motorized lawn care tools to avoid potential freezing.
It is recommended to clean your garage door both on the inside and outside. Washing your door with mild household detergent can actually increase the door’s lifespan by protecting it from damaging build-up. Use a cloth to remove any rust or dirt from your door.
Check all moving parts of the door to make sure none is broken. It is also important that you keep all moving parts well lubricated, especially during the cold winter months. Use a non-silicone based garage door lubricant to spray springs, rollers, and hinges.
Garage door remote control batteries are more prone to failure during cold winter months. Don’t get left out in the cold, always check and replace batteries as needed! Keep a spare battery on hand at all times.
Trim nearby trees that could be a threat to your roof. If large dead branches or heavy twigs fall down from a winter’s storm that can cause a lot of damage to your garage roof and your entire home.
Follow these winter tips, and after months of snow, wind and frigid temperatures your garage door will still be working like a charm. A well-insulated garage will provide you with a warm workspace all year round!