Winter Can Make Your Garage Door Dangerous
Winter freezes can cause problems for garage doors, and with the season upon us, there are some steps you can take to make your garage doors better. Preventative measures can go a long way in saving you cash and headaches associated with changes in the weather. We offer you this advice on how to care for your garage door in these winter months. Additionally, consider having us out to do inspections and make recommendations before small problems become larger ones.
In Texas, we’re not really concerned with having the whole house snowed under – our weather is more generalized cold temperatures and ice. The cold itself and how that affects metal is the main concern. Cold temperatures cause metal to contract, which can cause problems with your springs and can lead to more serious issues like warped tracks or the spring breaking. The spring holds all the weight of the door, which depending on the style of door can mean several hundred pounds. Another possible issue is with freezing temperatures – many parts of your garage door assembly are lubricated. The opener assembly and door assembly are both lubricated to keep them working smoothly. These areas of lubrication can freeze and cause the system to not work as well and need to be re-lubricated.
Frozen puddles, and water along your weather stripping can cause the weather stripping to crack or break off. Any leaks in your weather stripping can cause cold air to enter the garage, and cause your overall heating costs to go up.
One of the steps you can take as a home owner is to inspect your weather stripping to confirm that the door fits snugly into the frame. Weatherstripping repair can be a DIY project, but if the door has come out of alignment, we suggest you give us a call at 817-422-5925 to fix issues like that.
One way to combat the issue of contracting metal in the winter is to apply a 30-weight oil or other high-quality lubricant. The metal parts of your garage door system should be lubricated throughout the entire year, but it’s especially important during the winter months to avoid contacting metal and a malfunctioning door. Another preventative step is to use a solvent to clear dirt and grease that can gunk up your lifting tracks and mechanism. You should regularly apply a spray solvent designed to keep your tracks clear of build up.
With these basic steps, you can keep an eye on your garage door system before problems become worse – or even dangerous.