Now that you know what can happen to the different parts of your garage door in winter, you are in a better position to address these issues and risks. There are several things to look out for. You can attend to some of these, while for others, it’s best to bring in an expert. Here are the main ways to prepare your garage door for winter:
1. Routine inspection- There’s no substitute for a routine inspection to make sure that all the different parts of your garage system are working as they ought. The purpose of the inspection is to check that all the moving parts are functioning well, there is sufficient lubrication, and there is proper alignment. Should any unusual delays or sounds be experienced when opening or closing the garage door, there could be a fault or malfunction that needs attending to.
2. Moving parts maintenance- A garage door system has so many different moving parts that must work seamlessly for the door to work correctly. Moving parts need to be regularly inspected and maintained. In winter, when they are contracting, it’s even more important to check on their proper alignment.
3. Proper lubrication- Lubrication helps the different moving parts of the garage door system perform their roles in a smooth manner. Not having enough lubrication can, therefore, be potentially damaging to these parts. Lubrication also protects these metal components from damage from the winter elements.
4. Door seal maintenance- Having tight seals on your garage door is very important in winter. Besides keeping out all kinds of bugs, it is particularly important for maintaining your home’s temperature. Keeping warm is everything in winter, so your garage door may need to be re-sealed ahead of time.
5. Floor surfacing- Resurfacing or recoating the floor of your garage can help keep your garage safe and prevent excess retention of moisture which impacts not only the floor but also the walls and the garage door itself.
6. Manual operation- Finally, in case of a power outage, you should educate yourself on how to operate the garage door manually so that you’re not locked in or out. It’s quite easy to do once you get the hang of it, but if you are caught unawares, you might get stranded.