5 Tips for Preparing Your Garage Door for Winter

Winter is right around the corner, which means that the effects of cold weather will begin soon. Michigan homeowners know that there are many tasks to complete before the snow and ice arrive, whether it’s finishing up summer projects or cleaning out the gutters to avoid issues during the freezing months.

Your garage door is an essential part of your home, especially if you want to keep your car out of the snow. Protecting your garage door from cold temperatures can help you increase its lifespan and prevent surprises during the winter. Ensuring your garage door is properly winterized for the cold weather can help protect the moving parts within your garage door system, reducing the risk of needing an emergency repair. Below, we’ll go into some garage door maintenance tips to keep your garage door in working order when the cold weather strikes. 

Why You Should Prepare Your Garage Door for Winter

While there are probably lots of things on your to-do list as you prepare for winter, you shouldn’t cross off your garage door preemptively. Taking the proper steps to prepare your garage door for winter can significantly affect your home as the weather gets colder. Here are four ways that winterizing your garage door will help you long term.

1. Increase the Life Span of Your Garage Door

As with most things in your home, your garage door greatly benefits from regular maintenance. Taking care of your garage door helps sustain the door for longer. Your garage door is a home appliance that you likely use every single day, which means that it undergoes lots of wear. Taking good care of your garage door not only ensures convenience for the time to come but also helps you avoid an expensive bill that comes with replacing a garage door.

2. Improve your Home’s Energy Efficiency

One of the goals of winterizing your garage door is ensuring that the insulation is thick enough to prevent large amounts of cold air from getting into your garage. Interior walls shared with the garage are prone to letting in freezing air from the garage through the walls and the interior garage door. You can spend less money to heat your home by keeping your garage warm and avoiding the cold air seepage into your home’s interior.

3. Protect Your Pipes in the Garage

Some homes have water pipes that run through the garage. Extremely cold air can cause these pipes to become brittle and burst, which creates serious plumbing damage. Burst pipes also mean potential water damage to things inside your garage. You can save stress by keeping your garage warm to prevent burst water pipes that could have easily been avoided. By winterizing your garage door, you extend the life of the door itself and the contents in the garage, including the water pipes.

4. Store Items Safely in Your Garage

While burst water pipes can cause severe damage that you want to avoid, you also need to protect the items in your garage from another risk in the winter: moisture buildup and damage. The cold winter air is filled with water from the snow. Boxes of stored possessions, power tools and even shoes may be irreparably destroyed by the moisture in the air. Items near or on the floor are at the highest risk of moisture buildup.

How to Winterize Your Garage Door

As long as you regularly maintain your garage door, winterizing it is easy. An important factor to consider is when to prepare your garage for the season change – you likely will not want to begin this process after the temperature has dropped and snow has started to fall. Follow our five tips for how to winterize your garage door before winter actually arrives to ensure a pleasant and easy experience.

1. Inspect the Garage Door and Its Tracks

Although it seems simple, inspect your garage door and the tracks. Watch and listen as the garage door goes up and down a few times, and note any sounds it makes. Pay attention to whether the door gets caught in any particular spots. The severity of what you find during an inspection will tell you whether you need to call a professional for help. Regular tune-ups are important for increasing your door’s life span, and it’s better to address issues before the snow arrives rather than be surprised.

2. Inspect Your Garage Door Opener and Its Safety Sensors

Spend some time inspecting your opener for any broken parts. As with the door and tracks, a quick inspection of your opener should tell you whether you need to call for maintenance. Check that your safety sensors are working properly, as well. If your garage door keeps pausing as it opens or closes, there could be an issue with the sensors. Snow can quickly pile up and inhibit the effectiveness of the sensors, so be sure to get out ahead of this to ensure your door works throughout the winter.

3. Check the Weather Stripping Around Your Garage Door

The weather stripping, also referred to as your rubber seal, around the perimeter of the garage door keeps out cold air, dirt, debris and bugs. Heat exposure and extremely cold weather decay the stripping, and any small damage can render it completely useless. Cheap, flimsy stripping also has minimal effect on keeping cold air and weather elements out of the garage. If you find cracks, tears or missing pieces, the entire strip should be removed and replaced. Changing only small pieces can leave small openings between the strips, which counteracts the work you put in.

4. Lubricate the Moving Parts of Your Garage Door

Many of the moving parts to your garage door are metal, which means that lubrication is essential for keeping them running smoothly. Springs, rollers and hinges are all parts of the door that need regular maintenance. A non-silicone lubricant is ideal, and avoid using sticky grease that collects debris. Fresh lubricant is less likely to dry or freeze during the cold weather. Avoid common household spray lubricants such as WD-40 when lubricating your garage door. WD-40 will end up softening plastic, nylon, or rubber components. 

5. Add Insulation to Your Garage Door

Your garage door and walls will require proper insulation to keep your garage warm during the winter. Insulation on a garage door prevents moisture buildup that can freeze. This buildup makes the door heavy and may prevent the door from opening at all. Many newer garage doors come with built-in insulation to ensure temperature regulation. Exterior walls should also have plenty of insulation in them, as cold air can easily seep through gaps. Make sure that the walls are undamaged before adding insulation for the winter. 

Who Can Help With Winterizing Your Garage Door

To ensure that your garage door is ready for winter, you may need to call the professionals. Experienced technicians at Quality Door Company can help you prepare for winter. Whether you need fresh insulation, updated weather stripping or an entirely new garage door, the professionals at Quality Door Company will help you find the best option. They offer tune-ups to ensure that your garage door’s lifespan lasts as long as possible. Avoid surprises during the cold weather months by winterizing your garage door now.

Start Preparing Your Garage Door for Winter Today

Quality Door Company values your experience. They are client-oriented and care about your satisfaction. Whether you require an emergency repair or preventative maintenance, Quality Door Company can help.
Find a location near you and contact Quality Door Company today for more information about winterizing your garage door.


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