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Tips for Winterizing Your Garage Door

A city in need of winter garage door maintenance

Winterize Your Garage Door

Texas is known for unpredictable weather and swift moving storms. When winter begins we need to be prepared for strong winds, cold weather as well as a chance of hail and icy rains. During the chilly months, nothing is more comforting than making your home a warm harbor against the cold temperature outdoors. In order to guarantee your house stays warm and your heating bill stays reasonable, you need to ensure your garage door is professionally winterized. If not, cold can seep in through the garage and create frosty drafts in the house. On top of the cold weather, other elements can enter the garage. In Texas, this can include fire ants, water beetles and other unwanted pests. Thankfully, routine garage door maintenance can help prevent these problems before they start.

In order to keep your garage door in the best running condition, you’ll want to prepare for the difficult winter weather. Garage doors are typically made of high-quality steel and can be costly to repair and replace. Routine maintenance and inspections can extend the life of your garage door.

Benefits of Winter Garage Door Maintenance

We use our garage in a variety of ways. It can be a place to park the cars, as a workshop or other type of workspace, store expensive tools, store family items such as pictures, and keep holiday decorations safe. Also, there are may be house pipes that run through the garage. Remember, if the garage shares a wall with your home, the temperature in the garage can greatly affect the climate in your home.

Winterizing your garage door can protect your home and offer important benefits, including:

  • If you are working out of your garage performing house projects, maintaining a workshop or using the garage as a studio, you will want the time you spend in it to be comfortable. Preparing your garage for winter keeps the frosty weather at bay.
  •  A warmer garage means there is not cold air from seeping through the walls and cracks into your home itself. This will keep the energy bills lower because you won’t have to turn up the heat.
  •  If you use the garage to keep boxes of possessions, power tools, lawn equipment, old photo albums or clothes, you will want to winter your garage door to protect against moisture and damage. This can save you from having to replace expensive items.
  • You may have water pipes run through your garage. The cold weather can cause them to become brittle and burst. Winterizing your garage door and keeping pipes warm protects your house from potential costly damage.
  • Finally, if you only use the garage as a place to park your car, you will be much more comfortable getting in and out of the car in a warmer garage. This is especially true when you have children, pets and elderly parents.

Regular Garage Door Maintenance Is Key

Like any other part of the house, every year you should do routine maintenance. The garage door needs to be inspected at least once a year. Let’s review some items that need to be checked.

One important area to check for is lubrication.  All metal moving parts should be lubricated regularly throughout the year, but it’s even more important to keep them gliding easily along when cold weather strikes. If the garage door is not properly lubricated, you’re likely to have problems opening and closing your garage door.  All moving parts should be carefully checked to ensure they are not loose or show signs of wear and tear. This is especially important for the rollers, hinges and lift cables.

Also, if your garage door has been insulated and has seals or weather-stripping around its edges, it is vital to check over these things before winter begins. The reason that is over the years Insulation degrades. Also, the garage door seals and weather-stripping lose their ability to keep out cold air and dampness. If you see cracks or gaps around the edges of the garage door then you are losing heat from your house.

There are other items to look and listen for. Open and shut the door several times and make note of any unusual sounds. Also, you may not realize this, but opening and closing the door takes a great deal of battery power. Take the time to change the batteries in the garage remote as well as the keypad for optimal use.

Next Steps In Winterizing Your Garage

Taking the time to inspect and maintain the garage will extend the life of the garage doors and save you money. It will also provide security from the weather elements and unwanted pests from entering the garage. We highly recommend the above maintenance be performed by a trained professional.  We are the garage door experts, and we’ll use the best materials and tools to effectively prepare your garage door for winter before the cold weather arrives.

Call AGS garage door service at (940) 343-7537 for a garage door maintenance appointment and have peace of mind that your garage and home will be cozy and secure during the all inclement weather.

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