Winterizing Your Garage Door (In the Dead of Winter)

We here at the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri know that now is the time to stay indoors. No one wants to be bumbling around outside inspecting their garage door when it’s this chilly. However, taking a bit of time to ensure everything is running smoothly can save you some hassle when mother nature throws her worst your way.

Keep It Clean

We’ll start off slow. Cosmetic damage to your garage door is the easiest to see and the easiest to fix. Metal can rust, wood can rot, and the entire door can go through a warping process that will make it look like something is trying to bust out from behind it. To keep the elements from taking their toll, give your garage door a scrub with a mild cleanser and thoroughly wipe it down.

Check the Accessories

Keypads and remote openers make entering and exiting your house incredibly easy. Like the garage door itself, these items are also susceptible to the elements and deserve a little extra care during the snowy months. Make sure you put fresh batteries in both devices as the winter cold can drain them much quicker than during the warmer months. At the very least, keep some handy both in your car and inside so you have them on hand when things take a turn for the worst.

Seal it Up

When you think about taking care of your garage door, you’re probably thinking about the big-ticket items: the panels, paint, finish, motor, and moving parts. What might slip your mind? The seal. That small strip of rubber at the bottom of your garage door does more than just make sure your garage door doesn’t land with a thud. It helps to regulate the temperature of your garage, and, by extension, your home. It also keeps water from seeping in. To make certain that it’s doing its job properly, treat it like the windshield of your car and give it a little scrape to prevent icy buildup.

Listen to the Music

You know what your garage door sounds like. There’s a familiar hum that signifies when your significant other gets home from work or your son or daughter is trying to sneak back in past curfew. The sound your garage door makes can also tell you how well it is functioning. During the winter, give it a closer listen. Does it sound smooth? Do you hear any clinks or cracks as it travels along the tracks? Does it sound downright scary? If the answer to any of these questions, especially the third question, is yes, it’s time to call the professionals at the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri to take a look.

To schedule an appointment, or, if you have any questions about garage door prep and maintenance, call the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri at the number below.

 

(573) 243-3111