You may have noticed that the days are already growing shorter. Soon, the colder climate is coming and if you wait too long before you check up on your garage door, you might be forced to do a lot more repairs than you should. Fall is the best time for garage door maintenance since you still have the luxury of a convenient weather. Do you want to be sure that your garage door will operate efficiently and safely during the whole winter? If you start your fall garage door maintenance now, you will not be afraid of the coming snow. Here are the essential things you need to do for your garage door this fall.
Keep It Looking Nice and Clean
One of the very first things that outsiders see when they look at your house is your garage door. This is the one of the first areas of your house that you need to check up on. Garage doors made of wood are prone to warping, while those made of steel are susceptible to rust and corrosion. Which of these aberrations do you see on your garage door? Get them out before the cold weather comes because if you don’t, these ugly deformities will multiply. Hire a professional if the job is too big for you to handle.
Listen to the Noises
Do you hear clatter every time you open or close your garage door? Your garage door has hinges, trackers, rollers and all sorts of parts that make it operational. All these parts are subjected to stress and strain each time you use your garage door. If they are made of steel, rust and corrosion will compromise their strength. Those made of hard plastic are prone to chipping and cracks. Therefore you need to check these moving parts of your garage door to see if they are still in good condition. You need to repair or even replace those which are not.
Check the Tightness
The capacity of your garage door to prevent outside temperature and moisture from penetrating the inside of your house depends on the tightness of the garage door. You should check if the door’s edges are still completely ‘mated’ to the door frame. If there are sections that are not completely tight that allows outside air to come in, have them repaired.
Check the Weatherstripping
Is the weatherstripping on your garage door showing signs of aging? If you haven’t changed the garage door’s weatherstripping this past year, fall is the best time to replace it with a new one. This part of your garage door always gets in contact with the ground. Therefore, you need to check if the weatherstripping is still intact and in good working condition. If not, replace it with a new one or have it replaced by a professional.
Check The Rollers, Brackets, Bolts, Etc.
All the parts of your garage door, especially the moving parts, should be checked before the cold weather comes in. These are the rollers, roller brackets, bolts and all parts that move every time the garage door is operated. If your rollers have bearings, you need to check if there are no missing ball bearings. Check the alignment of the brackets to see if the rollers are still able to freely travel in them. You should clean the debris that has accumulated in the brackets to ensure the free travel of the rollers. The bolts that hold that whole garage door to the door frame should also be checked. Changes in temperature and weather can loosen the grip between the door and its frame.
Perform a Garage Door Tune Up
The best way to ensure that your garage door will work efficiently and safely throughout the winter is by undertaking a garage door tune up. Although you can perform some DIY maintenance on your garage door, there are some tasks that are better handled by a professional. Such things as checking and repairing the sensors, checking and repairing the cables, safety inspections and the like are more in the areas of professional garage door maintenance. If you have inspected your garage door and you have come across a problem that you cannot solve, don’t hesitate to call the professional. The small amount you will spend for his services will be amply rewarded with the safe and efficient operation of your garage door throughout the winter.