Garage Door Winterization
As one of the largest appliances in your home, garage doors should be protected as the seasons change to prolong its lifetime. The winter can be harsh on outdoor appliances and also affect the parts in use. To keep the frigid temperatures from getting past your garage door and into your home, you may want to consider winterizing your door. It brings protection and also warmth into your garage and home for the winter. Winterization can be done on your own and therefore here at Metro, we are happy to give our best tips. Broken garage doors are a hassle to deal with, and no one wants to park their car in the driveway during the winter! Trust the local choice, Metro Garage Door inc. for your garage door winterization.
Tips for Garage Door Winterization
Keep your home warm by taking these preventative steps:
- Insulate the Garage Door: You can install a foam garage door in addition to sheet metal door to add insulation. This keeps cool air from coming in. Which will give your heating system a break! Constant influx of cool air is only going to cost you more in energy consumption and money.
- Inspect the Door: The door may have gaps, cracks, and thin areas that could be susceptible to the cold. You will want to patch those areas to reinforce the quality of the door.
- Check Weather Strips: The door should be stripped with weather strips that are meant to keep out air and seal the sides of the door. With a lot of use, they can be worn down. Therefore they may need to be replaced or patched. Be sure the weather strips are not allowing any outdoor debris or air indoors.
- Garage Door Maintenance: The garage door is used daily. Which means parts will wear down over time. To prevent the cold from deteriorating any parts, be sure they are working safely and correctly by performing the yearly garage door maintenance. Metro Garage Doors offers maintenance visits to uphold the quality and integrity of your door over time. Your safety comes first!
- Attic and Wall Insulation: Make sure your home’s insulation is correct and up to code.
What can winterization do for your home?
Garages are some of the most variable and unexpected rooms—people use them for storage, outdoor materials, extra rooms, car ports, and even offices for work or hobbies. These spaces can hold values of people’s lives and homes. Preventing the weather from affecting the garage begins with the garage door. Winterizing the door can:
- Protect Water Pipes: Your home may have pipes running through the walls of the garage. Cold weather can freeze those pipes and cause serious pipe bursts where damage can be severe.
- Keep the Home Warm: Even if your garage has nothing special in it; it is the first line of defense from keeping the cold out. If it is not equipped; the cold can seep through the garage and into the home. This can harm your furnace and make the space uncomfortable.
- Keep the Garage Warm: Cold weather can do more harm to material things than most realize. Letting your storage or bikes or equipment sit in the cold garage all winter can cause future problems. It may also damage them. Winterizing the door can save you money on replacing any damaged items!
- Protect the Cars: Your cars can face a lot of adversity but sitting in extreme temperatures can’t be good for the parts and motor, especially if the car has minimal use. We have garage doors for a reason because the potential weatherization on cars. Cars are too big of investments to not protect them!
- Insulation: This is a big part of making sure your home is winterized as well – insulation in the attic, in the walls, and on the garage doors. It’s all important. We can do an audit of your insulation and let you know what type and amount will be best for your home.
Metro Garage Doors Can Help
We are happy to work with you to winterize your garage door. We can give you more tips personalized to your size and type of door and can visit your home for yearly maintenance. Our team wants your family to finish this winter care-free and warm! Call us today to speak to our team about preparing your garage door for winter, inspecting the parts, and scheduling maintenance visits.