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Simple Tips for Weather proofing Your Garage Door

  • By James Null
  • 06 Dec, 2017

From covering your windows with plastic film to repairing any cracks, holes and damage to your window and door frames, you do a lot to prepare your home for winter. However, many homeowners tend to overlook the need to weatherproof their garage.

Winterizing your garage door can help keep the temperatures stable, which in turn can prevent damage to your vehicle and anything else you store in your garage. Here are a few tips to help you winterize your garage door.

Examine and Clean the Garage Door Tracks

As you begin weatherproofing your garage, it's a good idea to start with the garage door tracks. Look for any damage to the tracks, such as warping. If the tracks are damaged in any way, contact a professional to have them repaired before winter.

If the garage door tracks are in good shape, clean them thoroughly. Avoid using any liquids because they could cause the metal tracks to rust. Instead, clean out the inside of the tracks with a small plastic or metal scrub brush. Make sure to eliminate as much dust, dirt, spider webs, insects and debris as possible.

Check for Any Damage to Metal Parts

Next, examine the remaining metal parts of the garage door to ensure there isn't any damage. This includes the springs, hinges and rollers. If you notice any damage, do not attempt to repair the component yourself. Rather, contact a service professional.

If there is no damage, the next step is to apply a thin layer of lubricant. Lubricant will help extend the life of your garage door, while also protecting the metal from the colder temperatures. Here are some tips to help you successfully lubricate the metal components of your garage door:

  • Buy the correct lubricant. Choose a lubricant that is formulated for use on garage doors. If you cannot locate this product, pick a silicone-based lubricant instead.
  • Apply the lubricant properly. Whether you choose a spray lubricant or a product that is applied with a rag, it is important to only cover the metal area with a small amount of the lubricant. If the lubricant is pooled or dripping, it should be wiped away.
  • Avoid the tracks. Do not apply any lubricant to the garage door tracks because this could interfere with the safety of this mechanism. If you accidentally get any lubricant on the tracks, wipe it away immediately with a rag.

In addition to protecting these components during the winter, lubricant also stops your garage door from making annoying squeaking noises.

Consider Insulation and New Weather Stripping

Finally, two of the most effective ways to protect your garage from the chilly winter temperatures is to add insulation and replace the weather stripping. There are several different types of insulation and insulations kits available. The type you choose depends on several factors, including the type of garage door you have and your budget.

For example, if you have a steel garage door, you can take advantage of any type of insulation available, including foam board or batt insulation. The kits are very easy to follow and will provide amazing insulation without breaking the bank.

In addition to insulation, examine the weather stripping. If the weather stripping is damaged or cracked, it should be replaced. Luckily, there are also easy to use, inexpensive and readily available at most hardware and home improvement stores.

From adding new insulation to cleaning the garage door tracks, there are several simple ways you winterize your garage door. If you have any further questions or issues with your garage door, don't hesitate to contact the qualified professionals at  Durbin Garage Doors, LLC .

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From covering your windows with plastic film to repairing any cracks, holes and damage to your window and door frames, you do a lot to prepare your home for winter. However, many homeowners tend to overlook the need to weatherproof their garage.

Winterizing your garage door can help keep the temperatures stable, which in turn can prevent damage to your vehicle and anything else you store in your garage. Here are a few tips to help you winterize your garage door.

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