As the air begins to chill, it is time to prepare your home for winter. You will not want to brave the cold to perform many of these jobs, so it is best to complete them in the fall. At the Overhead Door of Southeast Missouri™, we want you to be prepared for winter. Ready your home and garage for winter with what we call, Fall Garage Prep.
The first step of Fall Garage Prep is to make sure that your garage will function properly as the temperature drops. Test the alignment and balance of your door. Use the manual release on your door so that you are operating the door. Pull the so that it is about halfway open, and your door should balance. Then, reconnect your door to its motor, and close the door. Check the edges of your door for any gaps. This will ensure that snow and small animals will not be able to sneak into your garage. Follow these tests up by lubricating the moving parts of your garage system. Use a low temp grease on the opener’s chain or screw, and a spray lubricant to coat the overhead springs, hinges, rollers, and tracks.
Next, you will want to consider storage in your garage. You will need to find a home for all of your summer items. This includes patio furniture, inflatable pools, and umbrellas, along with your lawnmower, hoses, and sprinklers. For many homeowners, your garage is your storage space. Before stocking your garage with all of these items, add additional storage. Wall-mounted and elevated storage systems are inexpensive and efficient ways to improve your garage space.
The amount of heat that is lost through your garage is directly related to the cost of heating your home. Insulating your garage will pay for itself, and if your garage is not already insulated, it can provide you with extra space. In the winter, your garage can function as a workspace, a workout room, or even just living space. You will want to check your weather stripping as well. If the stripping is cracked or compressed, it is time to remove and replace it.
Finally, check your flooring for cracks and holes. Small imperfections in your floor are not as much of a concern in the summer. However, in the winter, if water is able to freeze in those cracks, it can cause further damage the floor. Polyurethane resins are and inexpensive and easy way to seal the imperfections in your floor. You can apply garage floor paint over the resin for added protection and style. If you are looking for a more durable upgrade, consider tile flooring.
By taking these steps, you will prepare your garage and home for winter. If you have any questions about Fall Garage Prep, call us at the Overhead Door of Southeast Missouri™ today.