Wintertime can take its toll on many things from your person to your home. One area that takes a beating is your garage doors. The mechanics can be susceptible to the harsh winter weather if not cared for properly. What sort of problems should you be looking for? Water damage, frozen mechanics, and opener difficulties are a few. Here we have compiled a list of garage door problems that can arise and preventative measure you can take to ensure your door remains in tip-top shape.
Rain, especially constant and heavy rain, increase moisture in the air. Garage doors made out of wood will swell causing the door to rub or become stuck when opening. Water damage can ruin your doors this way. Be sure to clean your gutters to avoid excess water running off onto your door or splashing into your door when it hits the floor.
Freezing weather is rare in Las Vegas but in areas where snow occurs, there is the possibility of your door freezing shut. This will only occur if water has run off and pooled at the bottom of your door. As with the rain, be sure to keep your gutters clean.
If you have noticed a change in how your door moves along the tracks check the lubrication as it can change depending on the weather. Some tend to harden or disappear in the cold weather causing the door to move slowly or grate as it moves along the track. Since most garage door openers are programmed to “light” and if a thicker lubricant is used, it may cause the door to read it as an object on the track. Which will then halt the movement of the door.
Winterizing your garage door is not that hard of a feat. If you have not gotten to it in time and your door has suffered damage, do not fret. At Western Door and Gate, we offer repair and replacement services to get your door back on track, pardon the pun. For additional information about our services, peruse our site or contact us at (702)839-3600. We offer free quotes and are looking forward to your call.