St. Louis Mo: What You Need To Know About Your Garage Door This Winter
Even though the upcoming months and holiday celebrations are festive and full of good cheer, winter is NO holiday for your garage door. Why?
Well, wintertime temperatures can wreak havoc on a door's mechanics, especially if it's an older door. (Those of us over 60 can relate!)
And because a reliable garage door is the ultimate convenience during winter months, here are four simple things you need to know about maintenance and repair - including some do-it-yourself remedies.
First, think about garage door lubrication - the right product in the right amount. Even though your garage door is a part of your home's exterior design, it's also a machine made up of working parts ... and lots of 'em! To raise and lower the door smoothly - with both sides working in unison - these parts need proper lubrication to eliminate friction.
Bonus Tip: For DIYers, be sure to use a lubricant made specifically for garage doors rather than any old lubricant you have on hand. And don't overdo it.
Second, be aware of temperatures and how they affect your garage door's operation and sound. Think back to high school physics and the well-known fact that atoms in metal expand with heat and contract with cold. Now apply that to your garage door in winter. Parts shrink, springs snap, tracks bend. To complicate things, temperatures in St. Louis can dramatically fluctuate all within a week or two. It gets cold, it gets warm; it's back to freezing, then warmer again. If you live here, you know!
Third, garage door openers need TLC too. Garage door openers can be particularly susceptible to cold weather. Winter temperatures causes stress and strain on openers, causing them to work harder. But if your opener doesn't work at all, first change the opener's remote batteries and make certain sensor lenses are clear of frost and aligned properly. Beyond that, call a professional. It could mean an opener motor repair.
Fourth, keep your garage door dry and sealed. As winter temperatures fall, water will freeze around the bottom of the door and cause the weather stripping to peel and crack. Looking for DIY solutions? To protect your door in the first place, clear all snow and ice away from its base. And when you notice damage to the weather seal, immediately replace it yourself or call a garage door service company to replace it for you.
- It's a cold hard fact, cold weather is a major cause of garage door breakdowns during winter. (Get it... 'cold hard fact'?) Don't get stuck when temperatures fall. Be proactive.
- An easy way to prevent downtime is with a few do-it-yourself tricks along with routine professional maintenance with an annual garage door tune-up.
- Steps you can take yourself include: a) use a proper garage door lubricant in the right amount, b) replace opener remote batteries and door weather stripping, c) clean off and align the sensor eyes found at the bottom of your door, d) remove all ice and snow on the driveway near your garage door.
- And when it comes to issues you shouldn't try to fix yourself, don't procrastinate. Book an appointment with a local company for residential garage door services because parts like garage door springs, rollers, cables, and openers are affected by wintertime temps. These door problems are really dangerous to tackle without the right tools and experience. Be safe, don't chance it.
Curious whether you need to replace your garage door or wondering if instead, a tune-up or repairs will do the trick? Well, if you're wondering these things, just call a reputable company like ProLift Doors.
If you reside in Greater St. Louis - or surrounding communities including West County, South County, St. Charles and St. Charles County - give us a try. We know ALL about garage doors so you don't have to. We're professional, knowledgeable and friendly too.
In St. Louis, get in touch with us: 636-362-6960 or visit our website to chat online, email questions, or schedule an appointment.
Outside of Greater St. Louis, Missouri call 888-754-3063.
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