Tips To Prepare Your Garage Door For Winter

It may not snow in your area, but winter can still offer some extreme temperatures. Before chilly weather settles in, think about the maintenance tasks that revolve around your garage door. In fact, following these tips for winter preparation will prolong its life and protect it from those cold nights.

Service The Weatherstripping

Most of your door might be metal and plastic parts, but there’s some synthetic rubber that lines it. This weatherstripping is usually installed as a brand-new element on updated doors. It will break down over time, however.

Take a close look at the weatherstripping. Touch and manipulate it in your hands. It should be flexible. Any brittle weatherstripping must be replaced by a garage door professional. New rubber will flex with the door’s movement and cut off any drafts into the home. Without quality weatherstripping, rain and wind will inevitably move into the garage.

Lubricate Metal Parts

Your door moves with seamless ease when the rollers and springs are properly lubricated. Depending on the door’s system, be sure to apply lubricant to each garage door spring and roller. Your garage door specialist might suggest a certain brand and application frequency.

When these metal parts experience cold conditions, they may not move as smoothly as in moderate temperatures. Some parts might crack or freeze in place. The lubricant protects the parts from damage. If the temperatures seem to dip down and remain there, you may want to lubricate the parts once a month until spring.
However, if your garage is detached or isn’t close to a living space/bedroom, then non-insulated should be fine.

Test The Emergency Release

Emergencies can arise during the winter, such as a power outage. If you don’t have a backup battery within the garage door opener, manually opening the door will be necessary. Take advantage of a sunny day by testing the emergency release on the opener. It’s usually a pull string with a bold color, such as red. Pulling on it will release the door from the opener. You should be able to carefully lift and lower the door afterward.

Verify that the opener connects right back with the door so that automatic operations resume. Understanding how these connections work together and separately can help you during a winter storm or other situation.

Consider Insulation

Whether you have a metal or wood door, bare surfaces will transfer cold temperatures into the garage. If you want to improve the home’s energy efficiency while protecting the door, think about adding insulation to it. You might take this task on as a DIY project, or contact a garage door specialist for the service.

Insulating the door doesn’t take too much time or materials. The effect, however, is a moderate temperature within the garage. The door won’t expand and contract as much with the changing temperatures outside either. Both the door and entire household win with this clever tip.

If you have any questions about your door, contact David’s Garage Door Service today. Our team can evaluate, repair and replace doors around the Chandler, Arizona, region. Protect your garage with our inspection. Winter’s cold won’t be a challenge for your property.