Tips To Help Your Garage Door Weather The Winter

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When winter approaches and cold temperatures start to set in, it's important that you take steps to protect your garage door from damage. With ice, salt and slush accumulating around the door and in the track, it's a disaster waiting to happen. Taking the time to care for the door before the winter weather sets in and throughout the season will help you avoid the risk of track damage or a seized garage door. Here are a few tips that might help.

Give Your Door The Best Structural Chance

During the early fall season, inspect the garage door, track, rollers and springs. Look for any signs of wear, binding or damage. If there are any problems, address them now so that they cannot worsen through the winter. Sometimes, the cold temperatures can intensify problems. Freezing weather may even lead to cracks and failure of weakened components. By calling your garage door technician now, you can reduce the risk of these issues.

Keep The Outside Out

The more airtight your garage is, the less damage the door is likely to suffer from the weather. Replace all of the seals and weatherstripping around the garage door. This will keep the cold drafts out, but it also reduces the risk of moisture and cold affecting the garage door motor or track.

Clean The Door Sensors

Garage door sensors are a vital part of the safety of the door. You'll want to make sure that the sensors are clean at all times. In the winter months, this is particularly challenging because of the slush and ice. These things can form a film over the sensor, blocking it and potentially putting your family at risk. Wipe the sensors clean at the start of the season, and then check them regularly during the winter. If you have any issues with the door's opening and closing response, dirty sensors may be to blame.

Tackle Track Lubrication

When the weather gets cold, you're going to want to opt for a winter lubricant for your garage door track. Unlike the traditional spring and summer lubricants, a winter product has a silicone base. This helps it to withstand cold temperatures without allowing the door to bind up in the track. You'll also want to consider lubricating the springs so that they don't suffer drying and cracking in the cold winter weather.

For more information, contact Shank Door or a similar company.

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