How To Prepare Your Garage Door For The Summer
If you are not sure where to get started, here are some handy tips that you can use to prepare your garage door for summer.
Check the weatherstripping and insulation
The main thing you need to look at with summer approaching is the weatherstripping and insulation of your garage door. These parts of your garage door prevent hot air and heat from entering your garage, while also keeping cool air from escaping.
If you have a garage door with good insulation, you can enjoy a more comfortable environment and even improve the energy efficiency of your home. Moreover, weatherstripping can help keep your garage door dry and free of moisture, thus preventing the growth of mould.
Inspect for wear and tear
Checking for signs of wear and tear should be part of the ongoing upkeep of your garage door throughout the year, but there is no harm in making it a special point of inspection for your summer preparation. Inspect the bolts, springs, hinges, ball-bearings, rails, cables, and supports to ensure that they are in good working order.
If you spot a potential issue with your garage door, call in a garage door expert for a proper inspection. Besides being a safety concern, delaying any necessary garage door repairs can lead to more extensive problems and cost you more money in the long run.
Lubricate your garage door
Moisture and cold weather can break down the lubrication on your garage door, so make sure that all the necessary parts in your garage door are nicely oiled up once more. These include the moving parts such as the tracks, rollers, chains, and hinges. Garage doors work best when they are properly lubricated.
Use oils and lubricants that are designed especially for garage door use, which you can find at your local hardware store. For the weatherstripping, ensure that you use a silicone-based lubricant. Do not over-lubricate as this could cause a build-up of dirt and dust.
Clean the door
Do not forget this basic step when it comes to summer preparations. The inside of your garage door can be dirty due to collected dust and grease. Meanwhile, the outer side of your garage door is constantly exposed to the elements and would therefore need a good clean from time to time. Therefore, clean both the outer and inner sides of your garage door.
Wash your garage door using a sponge or soft cloth and mild liquid soap and water. Avoid the use a stiff brush or harsh chemical detergents as you could damage the surface of your garage door.
Test the reverse door function
We tend to spend more of our time outdoors during summertime. Protect any children, pets, or even adults who may find themselves outside and around your garage door this summer by checking on the reverse door function. You can test this safety feature by placing a brick below your garage door. If your garage door reverses its direction when contact is made, then it is in working order.
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