Fall is here, which means it is time for some garage maintenance to keep it in working order and spare you from costly, time-consuming repairs during the colder months. Below we provide readers with five actionable steps they can take during a fall weekend. Each helps homeowners identify issues sooner and extend the life of their garage door and interior, as well as offer increased protection for the garage’s contents.
Preparing Your Garage Door for Cooler Weather in Five Steps
Step #1: Check for Air/Light Gaps and Seal Them
- Visually inspect your garage door for places where light may be seeping in from outside and repair accordingly to minimize the elements from entering your garage.
- Also, listen or feel for air drafts along your garage door or if applicable, windows; repair with weatherstripping or sealant that is appropriate for your garage door material.
Step #2: Inspect Your Tracks
- Inspect the tracks on both sides of the door to make sure they are free of debris and rust.
- Keep an eye out for them being bent and not perfectly vertical. This is an issue, that if left unaddressed, can entail costly repairs or a garage door needing to be entirely replaced.
- If you are unable to make adjustments on your own or feel they are beyond your capabilities, consult with a residential garage door professional.
Step #3: Schedule a Pro Inspection
- Consult with a professional garage door repair team for a seasonal inspection of your door and its major components. With years of experience and an eye for issues, they will be able to identify problems fast and a solution so that you do not have to worry about putting yourself or others in danger.
Step #4: Inspect Your Door’s Rollers and Springs
- First, disconnect the door opener motor from its power source.
- Then examine your door’s rollers and springs for damage, over-stretching, or wear and tear.
- Replace worn parts and clean dirty parts.
- Lubricate, if needed.
Step #5: Organize Your Garage’s Contents for Easy Access and Heat Flow
- Pack away spring and summer items, and move fall and winter items into places that are accessible.
- Free-up space inside your garage with shelving or storage bins that can be stacked.