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Maintain your garage doors

14/09/2014

It’s not a secret that the cold winter brings the potential to cause damage to all your external features, including your garage.

The main area the cold weather is likely to affect on your garage is the door. This can cause all sorts of problems, not only to the exterior, but also to its functionality in general. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to minimise the potential impact, and here we will explore a few tips that can help you this winter.

Seals and weather stripping management

Usually, during winter, snow and water naturally pile up by your garage door. Furthermore, if you store your car in the garage, the ice and sludge that you track in on your tyres can melt and run down to your garage door. This cold water and ice will cause rust to your garage door if you do not remove the issue and maintain the door during the winter.

Using weather seal or rust proofing products will prevent your door from rusting, even during severe weather. However, you also need to ensure you stay on top of removing ice and snow from your garage door, even on days when you are not using your car.

Drive Track

Drive tracks are the marked two strips on either side of your garage door, which act as a guide into the garage. During winter, they tend to become obstructed by debris jamming the door. To keep them from obstruction make sure you sweep away debris before locking up the garage.

A small amount of debris will not cause an issue, but continue to let it build up and you could cause damage to the door or stop the mechanism from working altogether, which will cost a lot to repair.

Stopping broken springs

Naturally, cold temperatures can cause metal to seize up. To avoid them from breaking, heavily lubricate the springs using recommended, safe lubricants. The lubrication will give you back the flexibility that the springs lose because of the weather, which will stop them from breaking.

For better results, consider using a light lubricant like 3 in 1 oil. For preventive measures, consider lubricating your garage door at least every three days during poor weather. If by bad luck, you happen to break even a single spring, discontinue use and immediately seek repair advice from a qualified garage door specialist. One broken spring could lead to a whole load of issues, and therefore, if you get it fixed right away you could save a lot of money long-term.

Though other problems may arise during the winter, we have explored three of the most common issues in this guide above. In any case, issues that arise because of the weather can be prevented by conducting a regular inspection on your garage door. It may seem a bit tedious, but the reality is that regular inspections can save you a lot of money in the long-term, and for that reason alone, a two-minute inspection is worthwhile.

For more information, call Huddersfield Garage Doors on 01484 829 612.


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