Preventing Garage Damage From Severe Weather

Garage Door, Garage Door Maintenance, Residential Garage Door

Garage doors can be subject to damage from many weather elements. Both the heat and cold as well as wet or dry weather can do damage to your garage door. For example, while colder weather can put garage door springs at risk of snapping, garage door sensors can be damaged in hot weather. Below, we’ve laid out a couple of ways you can defend your garage against severe weather.

1. Install WeatherstripsPreventing Garage Damage From Severe Weather

One simple and inexpensive fix is to install weather strips. Though, these will need to be replaced every few years, weatherstripping your garage will help prevent any unwanted ice or water getting into your garage. In colder weather environments weather strips can be the difference between your garage door freezing shut or you being able to get to work on time.

2. Garage Door Insulation

Insulating your garage may be a bit more of a project, but doing so will result in multiple benefits for you garage and your home. Not only will insulation prevent unnecessary stress from major temperature fluctuations, but it will help reduce your energy bill month-to-month.

3. Routine Maintenance

Routine garage maintenance is one of the most important steps you can take to preventing any premature damage to your garage door. Especially is you’re expecting any extreme weather such as snow or ice, regular lubrication of your garage door components will put you at an advantage.
You should also clean the door tracks several times a year as well as regular inspection of your garage door spring. Remember, in times of extreme cold, older springs are much more prone to snapping. If you need any help, Reliable Garage Door Repair can help with any of these garage door maintenance procedures.

4. Shovel. That. Snow.

In areas where snow is more common, be sure to stay on top of those shoveling duties. As you allow more snow to pile up you’re compromising the cosmetic condition of your garage. Snow that piles high enough can even dent your garage door. Be sure to shovel all the way to the concrete as to allow the sun to warm the area and prevent ice from forming.

5. Protect Electric Circuits and Sensors

During times of extreme heat you’ll want to find some material to cover your sensors with. Direct heat during the summer can often cause sensors to malfunction. Any local hardware store will be able to steer you in the right direction for protecting your garage door sensors.

6. Call in the Reinforcements! There’s a Hurricane… er, Tornado!

Residents who live on the coast, tornado alley, or other areas highly susceptible to severe weather, you’ll want to make the investment in garage door reinforcements. This will help you avoid even greater costs from damages in the future. Metal reinforcement kits are available or you can use something as basic as 2×4 wooden planks.
All of the tips laid out above will pay dividends in the form of costs saved from severe weather damage. Whether you simply need to perform regular maintenance or you need to install some serious reinforcements, doing anything is better than nothing and will extend the life of your garage door.

After all this, some weather damage may be inevitable. And if you’re too late and need repair done to your garage, call Reliable Garage Door Repair today!

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