Winter in Texas is known for being relatively mild compared to other parts of the United States, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a surprise or two during the season. Winter Storm Uri dumped so much snow throughout the state that the Texas energy grid couldn’t keep up. As a result, many families were without electricity or heat.
That winter storm was an unusual event, and Texas isn’t likely to experience that type of bitter cold regularly. Still, if you have garage doors, it’s wise to do what you can to protect them in the winter. You don’t have to wait until a catastrophic winter event makes its way across the state to be prepared for what the winter weather may bring.
Keep reading to learn a few tips for prepping your garage door for the upcoming winter season.
Get Acquainted with the Mechanics
Garage doors are an investment in not just the look of your home, but also in its function. During the winter, all of that cold air is rushing into your garage and into your home, making your heating system work overtime to keep the entire space warm. Opening and closing your garage doors several times a day adds wear and tear to the system as a whole.
Check out the mechanisms involved in lifting and closing your garage doors. Those screws and tracks really do get a workout, and it’s important to start with a visual inspection. Does everything look okay? Does everything move the way it’s supposed to move? If you’ve heard odd noises during the garage door operation, it may be time to call the professionals.
“Garage doors are an investment in not just the look of your home, but also in its function.”
Keep Up with Lubrication and Cleaning
You can prevent parts from wearing out prematurely by applying lubricants to the garage door torsion springs, hinges, and bearings. That will keep them working well, even in the dead of winter. A little extra lubricant to these critical parts can keep costly garage door service calls down!
While you’re already looking at the doors in closer detail, make sure that you’re checking the garage door panels and trim. If everything looks dirty, consider taking the time to spray down the doors and get every surface as clean as possible. The dirtier the doors are, the more dirt and debris have the chance to circulate. If this grime gets down in the garage door track, it’s bound to knock things off kilter and make the garage door opener either stop completely or work overtime to do a simple job.
Check the Garage Door Balance
One of the top reasons why garage door openers wear out so quickly is unbalanced doors. Think of it as unnecessary weight holding down the door opening system. They quickly fly up, or the doors crash down to the ground abruptly.
Manually open and close your garage door. If things move along steadily, it’s a sign that your doors aren’t overtaxing the system.
Keep an Eye on the Sensors
The garage door sensors are the heart of the opening system, and it’s very important to make sure that you are keeping them clean. During the winter months, it’s not uncommon for the sensors to get wet from rain and sludge tracked into the garage. Be sure you clean them regularly and remove any obstacles between the sensor and the reader, such as a pile of leaves
No judgment; those leaves are pesky and always seem to pile up where we least expect it. However, a set of sensors with a clear line of sight to the reader are much better than ones blocked by debris, dirt, or leaves.
Consider Adding Insulation
Adding insulation isn’t the cheapest way to prepare for winter, but it can add up in energy savings over time. Some people assume that applying insulation to the door directly is the best way to handle the winter cold. Surprisingly, it makes a lot more sense to look at the type of garage you have. If your garage is connected to your house, then insulating a shared wall is a better option than applying insulation to the doors themselves.
Don’t confuse insulation with the need to check the seals around the doors. Any gap in the space between your garage doors and the outside will let the cold winter air in. Seal those up as soon as you discover them.
Let Austin Greater Garage Doors Handle the Winter Preparations
Prepping your garage door for the winter season may not be the most fun thing on your to-do list, but it’s a necessary maintenance task. With the right prep, you’ll be ready if the winter gets extremely cold. As long as you follow the steps in this guide, you will have a good starting point to keep your garage doors working well for years to come!
Do you need more assistance or don’t feel like taking on the task yourself? Contact Austin Greater Garage Doors and we’ll be happy to take this project off your hands!