The time has come to prepare your home for the arrival of winter weather. If your garage door isn't on your to-do list, you need to make the adjustment. Winter weather will wreak havoc on your garage door if you don't take care of the weatherization. If you're not sure how to weatherize your garage door for winter, here are five steps to help get you started.
1. Start With Clean Tracks
When you want your garage door to survive the winter, start with clean tracks. Your garage door roller tracks take a lot of abuse throughout the year. If they haven't been cleaned in a while, the built up dirt and debris will ruin your garage door.
Use a whisk broom to sweep away the loose debris, such as leaves and loose dirt. If you see a buildup of grease and grime on the tracks, have them professionally cleaned. An accumulation of dirt and grime hinders the proper maneuvering of your garage door.
2. Install New Weatherstripping
If your garage door doesn't have adequate weatherstripping, you risk serious weather-related problems this winter. The proper application of weatherstripping keeps rain out, which will protect your garage from flooding. However, weatherstripping also helps keep the winter pests out of your garage — and your home.
Before winter arrives, have the old weatherstripping removed and replaced. If you're not sure that you need weatherstripping, close the door and take a look. If you can see daylight from around the edges of your garage door, you need new weatherstripping. For maximum insulating protection, have your weatherstripping replaced once a year.
3. Lubricate the Moving Parts
Your garage door opener consists of multiple moving parts. Most of them are located on your garage door opener. Now that winter is about to arrive, ensure that all the moving parts are properly lubricated, especially the chain drive and the gears.
A fresh application of silicone lubricant will prevent loud squealing noises from your garage door opener, and ensure smooth operation of all the components. When you lubricate your garage door, don't use products such as WD-40. WD-40 is a solvent, designed to remove rust, and shouldn't be used as a lubricant.
4. Apply Fresh Insulation
Tulsa gets a fair share of frigid nights during the winter. If you're not prepared, the cold weather will come right through your garage door. If your garage door isn't insulated, add some before winter arrives.
Your garage door company can install foam insulation sheets, which attach to the interior side of your garage door and provide protection against the cold. If the time has come for a new garage door, switch to an insulated model; you'll enjoy weather protection all year long.
5. Have the Springs and Safety System Inspected
If it's been a while since you had your garage door torsion springs inspected, take care of that task before winter arrives. Torsion springs are coiled under extreme tension. If the tension is released while you're nearby, you may be seriously injured. Because of the risk of injury, you should never attempt repairs by yourself. Instead, leave those repairs to the professionals.
When you have your torsion springs inspected, you should also get an inspection of your garage door safety system, including the sensors and reversing mechanism. That way, you know your garage door is safe for use.
Don't take chances with your garage door. Now that winter weather is on the way, use the tips provided here to get your garage door weatherized and ready for the cold weather. If your garage door is in need of service, or you need help with the weatherization, contact us at Pro Overhead Door. We have trained technicians ready to take care of all your garage door needs.