Winter can wreak havoc on garage doors, even in the mild temperatures of Arizona. If your garage door is going to break down, there’s a good chance it will happen in the coldest months of the year. Here are a few preventative actions you can take before you face the cost of expensive repairs or a replacement:
- Insulate It: This is one of the biggest favors you can do for your garage, garage door and home. Insulation makes your home more energy efficient, keeping in the warm air as you heat your home to make it more comfortable. Insulation also protects your garage’s contents from the effects of cold weather. What many people don’t know about insulation is that it makes your garage door more substantial. Insulation is typically inserted in layers, which reinforce and strengthen the door — increasing its durability and longevity.
- Lubricate It: Lubrication is vital to a high-functioning garage door, but it can be a little tricky in winter. Cold temperatures cause grease to harden and thicken. If your garage door’s tracks or other parts have been lubricated with grease, it’s worse than having no lubrication at all in winter. If you have used grease in the past, clean the track thoroughly with a wire brush before winter starts. Replace the grease lubrication with a silicone-based lubricant. This will deliver the same lubrication benefits, but the silicone-based product won’t harden and fail in cold weather. Be careful not to apply too much lubricant, though, as metal warps in cold weather, and too much lubricant will cause your rollers to skip the track.
- Clean It: All manner of grime can sneak onto your garage door and its parts in wintertime. Make sure to wash the exterior of your garage door to extend its life and beauty, and be sure to clean the tracks and other components, too. Dirt and grime that finds its way onto your tracks and other garage door parts creates a rough ride and increases the chance of parts breaking down.
- Adjust It: Your garage door tends to sit more closely to the ground in cold weather, which means your garage door opener needs to work harder to raise it. It may be a good idea to have a garage door professional specially tune your opener for wintertime. This may not be as much of an issue in Arizona, where we rarely experience frozen precipitation. But this kind of adjustment should be part of any regular winter maintenance check.
- Check It: It’s always a good idea to have a professional examine your garage door before winter. You should schedule yearly maintenance anyway, and winter is the perfect time for it. Garage doors are always under tension and pressure, and that tension and pressure only increase in cold temperatures. An expert can provide a comprehensive examination, identify trouble spots and make recommendations on how to strengthen your garage door for winter.
At Cookson Door Sales, we’ve been serving Phoenix-area homeowners since 1991. We can visit your home and provide the comprehensive exam your door needs before winter arrives. We work with homeowners in Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert and surrounding communities, and we’d be pleased to enhance the performance of the garage door at your home.
Contact us today about garage door service for your Phoenix-area home.