Winter can have some damaging effects on a home. Pipes breaking, gutters clogging and breaking and the same can be said for garage doors. The winter can play havoc with anything metal or water especially. That includes parts of your garage door. This is something lots of Houstonians saw during the freeze in February 2021. So for this winter, we are going to share with you some tips on garage door cold weather maintenance tips to help you prepare and maintain your garage door this winter.
Your Garage Door Springs.
When the steel in your garage door springs gets cold, it can contract. Being more rigid and fragile, if they are old and rusted, the cold weather may have caused the garage door’s springs to break. It is always a good idea to inspect your springs for rust and keep them lubricated.
Garage Door Rollers
You should check your garage door rollers a couple of times in a year. You want to check to ensure they’re not worn, cracked or chipped. If any of them are, you will need to replace them. You can order garage door rollers here.
Garage Door Seal.
Your garage door seal keeps away water and any critters that may want to cozy up in a warm garage. Check to make sure your garage seals nice and tight with the ground. Cold weather can crack old rubber, so make sure there are no real visible cracks in the garage door seal.
Your Garage Door Track.
Winter winds and rain can blow in dust and debris, making the garage door’s assentation of dissension not as smooth or can hang up altogether. Wipe away dust and debris to keep the door’s tracks clean and clear. While you are doing that, you want to check that the tracks are still aligned. As mentioned earlier, cold weather contracts metal, and this can cause a small misalignment to become a big problem.
Your External Keypad
With winter weather conditions can wreak havoc on your external keypad and drain its battery. In the fall before the weather turns cold, replace your keypad’s battery iso you have a fresh set of batteries in your keypad during the cold weather months.
Clean Your Garage Door and Fix Any Paint Issues
Cold wet weather can make any paint or rust spots worse on the garage door. You will want to keep your garage door clean and fix any chipped paint. See our post on how to clean and fixed chipped garage door paint for more details.
Older Garage Door Openers.
If you own an older model that is upwards of 15 to 20 years old, the cold weather can make your garage door opener lag in it’s timing. Newer models are built to withstand the outside temperatures better. If your garage door opener is already starting to lag, it’s probably time to install a new garage door opener before the winter months. Spectrum Overhead Door installs garage door openers in the Houston area with award-winning service, just give us a call at 281-748-9542 to schedule an appointment.
Garage Door Tune-Up
We recommend having your garage door professionally serviced once every 2 years, to keep things in good running order. Among other things some garage doors develop over time is the need for the track and cables to be realigned, due to the settling of the house and concrete slab, especially in cold weather where metal and ground contracts.
Consider scheduling Spectrum Overhead Door LLC’s “LUBE AND TUNE” garage door tune-up special today, and enjoy the peace of mind and security of a well-tuned garage door.
Spectrum Overhead Door is an award-winning Houston garage door repair service company located off of I-10 West. We are locally owned and operated and proud to serve Houston and surrounding areas with exceptional garage door repair and installation service. CALL 281-748-9542 or 713-557-3407 for questions or to book an appointment.
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