Since water expands upon freezing, any water droplets within the cracks of garage doors are likely to freeze in cold weather, causing expansion and exertion of force within the cracks. This will result to buckling, bending and uneven wearing of metal frames of garage doors, hindering proper closure of the doors. Every garage door should, therefore, be protected from the adverse effects of cold winter weather. Listed below, are a few doors during winter.
Lubricate all the moving parts frequently
Door hinges, springs, rollers and other moving parts should be lubricated periodically to prevent the formation of rust. Since moisture creates rust, lubrication enhances the smooth movement of the garage door parts over each other without any tear or wear. Lubrication also prevents the formation of ice on surfaces.
Check the spring ratings
Different springs have different ratings depending on the temperature and weather conditions. In areas that are prone to freezing, use springs that are rated to withstand the temperature limits for that particular area. Changing the springs may also be necessary when winter season approaches.
Inspect the weather stripping
Weather stripping will help keep off the moisture by preventing the unwanted entry of cold air into the door. Weather stripping is done by using a convex rubber stripping at the bottom of the door or weather stripping the wooden frame surrounding the door. Weather stripping should be checked for repair and replacement of cracked stripping. The weather stripping should also be cleaned using water and a special cleaner, before spraying with silicon at the bottom to prevent sticking on the floor.
Install a unit heater
Insulation may not work effectively in keeping the garage warm in extremely cold regions. Unit heaters are therefore essential for warming the space within the garage door. The unit heater to be installed will be determined by the garage space available. Unit heaters should be installed before the beginning of the winter season to protect the door from cold and to create warmth within the garage.
Close the garage ventilations
All ventilators and open windows in the garage should be tightly sealed during winter seasons. The sealing of the holes and ventilators not only reduces the likelihood of condensation but also maintains a warm interior climate within the garage space and the garage door.
Open and close the door regularly
In order to ensure that the door functions properly and moves smoothly, it is important to open and close the door frequently during winter seasons. A frequent movement of the door will prevent the formation of frost and build up of ice on the door. Any debris that may cause freezing on the door is also worn out.
Check the door opener remote
Before the fall of summer, ensure the door opener remote is functioning as expected. You may also replace the remote opener batteries just in case they are out of service. The door remote opener may require the services of a qualified technician.
Maintain cleanliness of the door
The successful operation of the door is also determined to some extent, by the cleanliness of its parts and accessories. Before and during winter conditions, use appropriate detergents to clean both the interior and the outer parts of the door. Clean and repair the garage windows that may have been damaged by snow.
Garage door repair and maintenance can help reduce considerably, the cost of damage repairs. Professional maintenance services can also be outsourced especially when the emerging issues are beyond the control of the garage owner.