Essential Steps for Keeping Your Garage Door From Freezing Shut

February. It’s a month dedicated to love, groundhogs, and continuously crappy weather that can take a toll on your home.

Last month, we here at the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri went over some ways to help you maintain your garage door during the winter. However, for those especially frosty February days, it helps to know a few additional tricks to keep it from freezing shut.

 

Sometimes, You Just Gotta Shovel

It’s not the most glamorous answer, but it’s usually the thing that works best. If you don’t want your garage door to freeze, you have to try your best to keep it clean. This doesn’t mean you have to be out in the cold with a shovel and scraper every morning, but taking the time to brush away a little ice and snow on your way out the door is usually all it takes to prevent the build-up that causes garage doors to freeze shut.

Feel the Heat

Space heaters are good for more than just keeping your basement livable during the winter months, they can also help to combat the elements in your garage. Turning on a space heater in the morning will make your excursion out to your car a little warmer and a lot less smoky than if were to turn on your vehicle while it’s still in your garage (which you shouldn’t be doing anyway). A space heater will also help to keep the weather seal (that’s the fancy name for that thin piece of rubber on the bottom of your garage door) from cracking and the battery in your opener from draining – just make sure to be mindful of the cords and unplug them when you’re not using them.

Look in the Pantry

Heavy-duty ice melt is essential during the winter. However, we’ll forgive you if you chose to stay in during that cold weekend when you probably should have been at the hardware store picking up a bag. In those instances when you need something to break down icy build-up, look no further than your pantry for assistance. Both table and Kosher salt are serviceable replacements for the heavy-duty stuff. Just treat your weather seal like you would a good roast: season from a height, massage it in, and then give it a little time to marinate. Before you know it, your garage door will be back to its best.

Just Add Water

If your garage door does freeze, the solution may seem a little counterintuitive – adding water. Just heat up a measuring cup of water in the microwave until its hot, but not boiling, and slowly pour it on and around the weather seal. It’s a cost-effective way to unstick your garage door and prevent further damage.

 

If you’d like any additional tips or think you might need to replace the weather seal on your garage door, call the trained professionals at the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri today!

 

(573) 243-3111

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

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