Your garage is one of the areas most exposed to varying temperatures. This means that extremely cold (or hot) days won’t only damage the things you have stored in there. It also means it can be damaging to the garage door and its mechanisms as well.
Just like winter, summer days can be particularly harsh to your garages too. So if you want to keep it at its tip top shape and prevent any future, expensive repairs, then look no further.
We’ve come up with a list of simple tips to summer-proof your garage. Along with it are other reminders to ensure that your garage is ready for the hot temperatures ahead. After all, a hot garage is definitely not cool.
- Clean your garage door
The very first thing you need to do is to clean your garage door. A filthy door welcomes more dirt, making it more susceptible to problems and possible repairs. Furthermore, unkempt garage doors become more fragile quickly. So you have to clean the area right away.
Start by washing your garage door, from the inside out. Make sure you don’t skip out on any spots that may have accumulated a lot of dust throughout the months. Prevent easy dirt build up by coating your garage door with car wax. It’s a nifty trick that works flawlessly.
Next, if you have a wooden garage door, now’s the best time to re-apply paint and a wet sealant on both sides. This prevents rotting, which is more likely during the hottest of days. Should you see any rust building up, try sanding it down before applying any paint or sealant.
Cleaning shouldn’t end in your garage door. Doing a through one inside is also essential in ensuring that you’re not leaving anything to chance. So take out all those items, dust and wipe them down and put them back safely.
- Check for wears and tears
The next thing to do is to thoroughly inspect your garage doors for any worn out spots. One of the first things you need to be looking at is your cables. Are there any fraying wires present? If so, call for a garage door maintenance service right away. Afterwards, you should also check the door’s hinges, springs, bolts, bearings, rods and support. You want to make sure everything is working well.
If you see any damages, no matter how minor, have a service repair those right away. The last thing you want is the heat causing these parts to be more brittle and increasing the likelihood of an accident waiting to happen.
- Insulate the ceiling
Here’s the thing: Your ceiling is the area where all of the hot air moves to and gets trapped. This is why you need to install a form of insulation or create one so that the air flows properly. Otherwise, you’re always going to be welcomed with an excruciatingly hot garage interior.
There are plenty of ways to do this. You can slightly open a portion of the overhead door so hot air can escape. You can do this if you live in a safe neighborhood in which you don’t have to compromise the security of your home. Installing a fan can also help in getting the hot air flow out of the garage. Another is to install vents in the roof to act as an exhaust system.
However, the best way is to insulate your ceiling. Ceiling wallboard is not necessary if paper-backed batt-insulation is already in place. You can just install the insulation with staples (paper side down). You could also choose to keep the insulation in place with netting made for that purpose. Remember to use staples to fasten the netting. Be sure to consult a professional to help you properly insulate your garage ceiling.
- Lubricate your garage door parts
We mentioned earlier that you need to inspect your garage door parts carefully. With that comes lubricating as well. In fact, lubricating any of your home garage doors working components is crucial for optimum functionality and safety. It helps ensure that the rollers, tracks, hinges and opener tracks are properly working and impose no safety issue.
When lubricating, refrain from using WD-40. We highly recommend using oils made specifically for garage doors. Also keep in mind, never use far too much oil than you’ll need. Otherwise, it could become a sponge for dirt, dust and other risky contaminants.
- Create shade between the garage and the sun
Don’t pass up on the opportunity to create a physical shade between your garage and the sun. You can attach an adjustable rollaway awning so the garage doesn’t absorb so much heat from the sun.
Other homeowners found that planting tree between their garage and where the sun points is also beneficial. Either way, both are highly beneficial.