Many parts of the country do not see partial or gradual changes in temperatures. They see either extreme heat or extreme cold with very little in between. Drastic changes in weather are hard on your garage door. So hard in fact, you may run into some major problems if you are not careful. Here are some of the most common issues your garage door may experience and how to take care of these issues before you have a larger problem on your hands.
• Grease Issues—During the winter months, the colder temperatures can make grease on the door rollers thicken and congeal. As a result, the grease will fail to do its job as a lubricant. To compensate this, many people will put extra grease on to make up for the thickened grease. However, this can cause the rollers to be thrown off track or out of alignment, damaging your garage door and the track system. The best solution is to remove hardened grease with a solvent and then use a silicone-based oil that has a lower freezing/congealing point and will not clog up on you as much as other oils and greases.
• Metal Issues—Whenever the temperatures drop near freezing, you will notice that the metal used in the door of your garage starts to contract and tighten. The screws and springs will shrink up making the opening and closing of the door sound louder. It will also sometimes glide less smoothly and have a more halting movement. This cannot be stopped completely, but it can be lessened by applying lubricant to these parts, especially the springs and ball bearings, to help them move more smoothly.
• Insulation Issues—Keep in mind that a garage door is meant to prevent people from breaking in to your garage and, ultimately, your home. It is not, however, meant to keep the cold out of your home. As such, a garage is often one of the coldest areas of a home during the winter. Add in the cold concrete slab floor and the usual lack of a heating system in the garage, and it can get quite chilly when the outdoor temperature drops. In order to alleviate this, consider investing in a garage door with built in insulation to help trap the heat inside of the home. Also, be sure to seal all cracks in the floor and walls to keep heat from escaping in this manner. Insulating your garage door will also help keep the cold out.
Winter is a time when many people hunker down and try to stay comfortable until the warmth of spring and summer arrives. As part of this, your home is a sanctuary that should be able to keep you safe and warm. Your garage is an extension of this and your garage door needs to be properly maintained and reinforced to keep you and your family happy and comfy this winter.