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3 Essential Winter Maintenance Tips for Garage Door Owners

As the winter season approaches, it’s crucial to ensure that your garage door is ready to withstand the cold temperatures and potential harsh weather conditions. By performing some simple maintenance tasks, you can keep your garage door in optimal condition, prevent costly repairs, and maintain the security of your home. 

1. Lubricate Moving Parts

Cold temperatures can cause the lubricants to thicken, leading to increased friction and potential damage to the door’s components. To prevent this, use a silicone-based lubricant to grease the rollers, hinges, springs, and other moving parts. Apply a small amount of lubricant to each part, being careful not to overdo it. Regular lubrication will help your garage door operate smoothly and quietly throughout the winter months.

2. Check and Insulate Weatherstripping

Proper insulation is crucial for maintaining a warm and energy-efficient garage during winter. Check the weatherstripping along the bottom of your garage door for any signs of wear, cracks, or gaps. Damaged or ineffective weatherstripping can allow cold air, moisture, and pests to enter your garage, leading to energy loss and potential damage to stored items. Replace any worn or damaged weatherstripping promptly. Additionally, consider adding insulation to the garage door itself if it lacks proper insulation. 

3. Clear Debris and Inspect Track Alignment

Winter often brings snow, ice, and debris that can accumulate in and around your garage door tracks. It’s important to keep these areas clear to prevent obstructions that may impede the smooth operation of your garage door. Regularly remove any debris, leaves, or snow buildup from the tracks, ensuring they are clean and free from any blockages. Additionally, visually inspect the track alignment to ensure it remains straight and properly aligned. Misaligned tracks can cause the door to become unbalanced and potentially lead to operational issues.

If you need professional assistance or have any concerns about your garage door’s winter readiness, don’t hesitate to contact ProLift Garage Doors at 888-824-9947.