The Fall Season is Upon Us, What Should You Do To Prepare Your Garage Door for Colder Weather
Cooler weather will be on its way sooner than you think, meaning it will be time to replace your summer wardrobe, as well as make sure you don’t have to replace your garage door.
If you have a garage door, you more than likely use it every day. Because of that, it’s easy to overlook gradual issues that form, minor changes or build-up that can occur. But how can you tell if your garage door needs some fall maintenance?
- Has the rate of opening and closing slowed?
- Are there pieces or parts coming out of place?
- What can be done to help prevent more problems from arising?
A quick visual inspection of your garage door can tell you what you may need to have updated and our maintenance team can help!
Before the unpredictable winter weather rolls into Indianapolis, now is a great time to follow a few quick steps to ensure your garage door is ready for fall:
Trust Your Senses
As the weather turns, it’s important to make sure the mechanisms of your door are fully functional after experiencing wear and tear. Over time, the tracks or door panels may become warped naturally or due to a few dings from the cars or the kids playing in the driveway. Use a level to check up on the tracks to decipher if any adjustments or repairs need to be made.
Don’t rule out any strange sounds either. Most garage doors are loud, but excessive noise, shaking, or new creaks may be a sign of a larger issue.
Tidy It Up
Like any part of your home, it’s important to keep your door and the area around it clean. Here are some things to look for when doing some fall cleaning:
- Remove any dirt, grass or debris. You may have some build-up left over from summer fun. Clean your door and the nearby area with a pass of the vacuum hose or quick wipe with a wet rag.
- Clean and realign your safety sensors. This will help prevent accidents and injuries and ensure the door closes properly. The last thing you want is colder weather to roll in and a door with misfiring sensors.
- Check or change batteries. Not many things still run on alkaline batteries, but your garage door openers might do so. Replace the current batteries with a fresh pair if you haven’t done so in a while. It’s also helpful to keep a spare in your car.
Test The Moving Parts
Lubricate any parts that may be thirsty – typically rollers, hinges, springs, or smaller moving parts. Keep in mind that these same elements may need to be replaced if they’re cracked, chipped, or rusted.
Insulation will also help these parts continue to sail smoothly through the colder weather. Tasks such as checking on the weatherstripping can assist with keeping unwanted pests from making your warm home theirs as well. Don’t let your garage door become a victim of harsh weather – these easy tips for fall-proofing your garage door can save you time and money.
Ready For Fall With Garage Doors Of Indianapolis
Sometimes garage door maintenance isn’t an easy fix – and that’s when you need to call the professionals to help. The experienced experts at Garage Doors of Indianapolis are here for any and all of your garage door repair needs. Whether you’re coming in from a bonfire or back from a Colts game, make sure the cold weather and elements stay outside.
Contact our garage door experts or call us to prepare your garage door for fall today!