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Most garage doors break down during the winter months because of freezing temperatures, increased moisture and wind. To prevent costly repairs and heating bills you will need to winterize your garage door. Being proactive with your overhead door system will save you time and trouble when winter’s fury strikes. For garages located in colder climates these preventative measures become even more important. Here are some common ways of winterizing your garage door.
Install Garage Door Seal
Always make sure your perimeter weather-stripping is in good shape. Vinyl door stop can be installed to a garage door frame with trim nails. It helps prevent cold air drafts and debris from entering the garage. Garage door bottom seal astragal should also be checked and replaced as needed. Bottom seal tends to flatten out and shrink over time and should be checked annually. It prevents snow and leaves from entering the garage underneath the door.
Lubricate the Door
Lubricate all metal moving parts before and after winter. Use a non silicone based garage door lubricant to spray all metal moving parts. Springs, rollers and hinges should be lubricated regularly during winter months. WD-40 can be used if you don’t have access to garage door lubricant. Never use a rail grease or anything thick that could clog and bind up.
Shovel Snow and Ice
Winter storms that leave behind snow and ice are a nightmare. The bottom seal on garage doors has a tendency to freeze to the cement. Running your automatic electric opener after this happens can strip the nylon gear inside the motor. It can also cause damage to the top section of your garage door. The center support style on the top panel can rip off the door or the section can buckle in half. Always shovel snow and ice away from the garage door. Use rock salt where the bottom of the door makes contact with the concrete.
Insulate Your Garage Door
If you have a heated garage or find that your garage tends to get extremely cold in the winter you may want to consider insulating your garage door. You can purchase insulation kits at most door dealers and box stores. Polystyrene inserts can be installed in the back cavity of your garage door. This can give your door an R value of near 8 in most applications and can save you money. If you have a workshop in your garage it may be a good idea to get a steel front and back sandwich style door with urethane insulation for an R value of 17.
Remote control batteries are susceptible to failure during cold temperatures. Always replace old remote control opener batteries. Check all the wiring to your photo eyes and wall station. Moisture and the freezing and thawing process can easily cause shorts in the wiring. Inspect all wiring and connection areas in the back of your operator.