Garage Door Winterizing Tips For the Bitter St. Louis Months

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Keeping your garage warm and protected in the winter doesn’t have to be a challenge. Adding a few tasks to your garage checklist ensures your storage and organization systems are not only protected, but they are also guaranteed to last. We’re laying out the tips for making sure your garage door winterizing is at it’s best this season!

Put Garage Door Winterizing On Your Winter Project Checklist

Keeping it warm, inspecting the hardware, and keeping up with annual cleaning can all make a difference in the temperature of your garage. Here are some tips to help get your garage door ready for the cold.

How to Keep Your Garage Warm in the Winter

Look at the bottom of your garage door. Is there a gap between the door and the driveway? If so, then you’ve got warm air escaping and cold air coming in. Putting on a new weather seal will do the trick and keep your garage nice and toasty during the winter months.

Cold air can also adversely affect the living spaces above or next to the garage. If you’re experiencing chilly temps in these rooms, upgrade to an energy efficient garage door. Replacing an older garage door with a new, insulated model can reduce energy loss through the garage by up to 70%.

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This is a pretty common problem for homeowners since attached garages typically share one or two common walls with the house. Any hot or cold air that travels through the garage door will ultimately affect the adjacent living areas.

An insulated garage door can help stabilize temperatures in the garage to reduce heat losses or gains and keep an unheated garage 10 to 20 degrees warmer on a cold winter day.

Keep Your Garage Operating Smoothly

Cold temperatures can also cause problems with the hardware and mechanisms that cause your door to open and close. Visually inspect hardware for wear and tear. Look for bent or lose hinges, broken wheels, bent shafts or worn out bearings on steel rollers, and bent or misaligned track. Tighten or replace loose or missing bolts on the door and track supports.

Also, inspect the spring system to make sure it’s in proper balance. The bottom brackets, cables, pulleys, and springs are under great tension and should ONLY be repaired by a garage door professional.

Clean and Lubricate all Garage Hardware

Dry cold air can mean drier, colder hinges, and hardware. That’s not good for all the moving parts on your garage door.garage door winterizingUse a clean rag to remove any debris, grease or dirt build-up from the track. Lubricate all moving parts of the door (hinges, metal rollers and track) with 3-in-1oil. Never use heavy oil or grease. DO NOT LUBRICATE nylon rollers, plastic idler bearings or locks. Use graphite to keep locks in operational condition.

Eliminate Any Dirt and Rust

Over time, the surface of your garage door will accumulate dirt and dust, and because it’s exposed to the elements, rust can be an issue on steel or aluminum surfaces. This is a good time of year to clean away any of this unnecessary material that can impact your garage door’s looks and function.

Wash steel and aluminum door surfaces with a mild household detergent, and then rinse with water.  In harsh coastal environments, applying car wax to a painted steel door surface will help maintain its finish.

Visible rust or flaking paint on a steel door indicates that moisture is taking its toll. Sand the rust, apply a zinc-rich primer, and paint with a quality exterior latex.

When You’re Ready to Update Your Garage Organization…

If you’re going through all these steps for garage winterization and to protect things you care about most, why not take the extra step to organize it? With the help from our team at Garage Designs of St. Louis, we can guarantee the highest level of garage storage solutions and customer service.

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