How Cold Weather Affects Garage Doors

Written by Thomas Liquori on . Posted in Garage Door, Garage Doors and Operators, Home Efficiency

 
 
 
 

It’s probably no surprise cold weather can have a significant and negative effect on garage doors. This is the case even in mild climates like ours in Arizona. But what are the exact effects cold weather has on garage doors, and how can a homeowner prevent any significant damage? See below for ways in which cold weather affects garage doors and for actions homeowners can take to prevent any damage:

  • Hardened Lubrication: Many garage doors have tracks greased for lubrication. Lubrication is important, but did you know grease hardens and thickens in cold temperatures? Hard, thick lubrication is worse than having no lubrication. But don’t fear: Any grease on your tracks and rollers can be cleaned away and replaced by a silicone-based lubricant. Silicone won’t harden and thicken in cold weather, and it provides the same performance-enhancing effect you need out of a good lubricant. Your garage door will keep operating smoothly through the coldest months of the year.
  • Contracting Metal: Cold weather forces metal parts to warp and become misshapen. And, of course, garage doors are made with plenty of metal parts. Lubrication helps your door continue to operate smoothly, even as the parts contract. But be sure not to apply too much lubrication. An overly lubricated track could cause a roller to slip right out of a warped, contracted track. There’s a fine balance of the right amount of silicone lubrication to be struck in the wintertime.
  • Frozen Doors: While we don’t get much freezing weather here in Arizona, it’s still a possibility. And when the temperatures are freezing, it’s important to make sure your garage door threshold is clear of water. If water at the threshold freezes, it can secure to the garage door’s weather stripping and prevent it from opening. Or if the door does open, the weather stripping might tear away.
  • Dead Openers: Cold weather can sap your garage door opener batteries. Make sure to replace the batteries at the start of the season to avoid any unexpected breakdowns while you’re outside in rainy or otherwise inclement weather. Your garage door should be a source of convenience in the coldest months of the year, and fresh batteries help ensure that convenience.
  • Broken Springs: Your garage door’s springs are under a massive amount of tension and pressure. Contracting metal in cold temperatures only enhances this tension and pressure. It will come as no surprise that springs most often break during the winter months, which is why it’s helpful to have a professional examine your garage door before the winter season. An expert can identify springs that are ripe for replacing and help you avoid the inconvenience of experiencing a breakdown.

Since 1991, Cookson Door Sales has served the Phoenix area, including Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Tempe, Scottsdale and surrounding communities. We offer expert garage door replacement, repair, maintenance and more. If you’re concerned about your garage door or opener’s ability to make it through this winter, get in touch with us for expert guidance.

Contact us today about the garage door at your Phoenix-area home.