How to Keep Your Garage Door Safe During Winter

safeWeather can have a detrimental effect on many parts of your home. This is especially true in the winter. Every part of your home’s exterior is being exposed to cold, snow, strong winds, and snow. Each of these can put extra wear and tear on your home. This includes your garage door. This exposure can even weaken your good structurally. There are some things that you can do to minimize the danger that winter can pose to your garage door.

Conduct Regular Inspections

InspectionsYou want to regularly inspect your garage door. A thorough inspection allows you to identify any potential issues before they become major problems. But, you don’t want to give it a 10-second look. You want to perform a thorough inspection. This includes looking the door itself and all the associated moving parts.

It is recommended that you perform during the fall. That way you can address any issues before the onset of winter. You also want to consult with a professional that is trained in looking for the early signs of a problem.
You can easily inspect whether or not your garage door is working properly. This is done by using a simple procedure. You want to disconnect your garage door opener and test the door ability to open and close properly. You do want to keep in mind that it is not recommended that you try and repair the spring assembly, its attached cables, and/or hardware by yourself. Due to the potential for injury, this should be done by a professional.

Perform Regular Maintenance

MaintenanceJust like changing the oil in your vehicle, your garage door and opener both need regular maintenance. Part of this process is lubrication. You want to make sure that all the moving parts are properly lubricated.

Lubrication is critical to the health of any moving mechanical parts. This is especially true when preparing for winter. The harsher weather conditions put a strain on these parts. If they do not have the proper lubrication then the friction from normal use can cause them to bind and/or breakdown. You want to use a lubricant that is based on silicone. This type of lubricant both withstands normal wear and tear and temperature changes well.

Pay Attention to the Rollers

RollersThe rollers are a major component in allowing your garage door to open and close smoothly. They also undergo a large amount of friction. A common issue with the rollers is they become misaligned. When they are not aligned properly then they put more strain on the door and the door track. If you notice any potential issues here then you want to contact a professional and have them either replaced or repaired.

Winter doesn’t just put extra strain on our bodies. Winter’s harsh conditions also put an increased strain on our homes. But, if you take these simple steps to prepare your garage door for winter then you can ensure that your door and opener will work properly through the winter. You also will extend their overall life span.