Garage-Door Maintenance: 3 Tips to Protect the Garage Doors from Harsh Winter Conditions

As winter quickly approaches, your house is becoming more vulnerable to the changing temporal conditions and the increase of water in the atmosphere and environment. The garage doors are particularly vulnerable, as they are exposed to the external environment and are not protected by anything. To protect your garage door and prevent it from the harsh winter conditions, follow these three maintenance tips. These tips will help keep your garage door in optimal shape through the entire winter.

Check for Rust

Winter usually means that a lot of snow and rain will be coming your way. The added humidity and water in the atmosphere and environment will quickly cause metal parts of the garage door to rust over. Before winter comes, inspect the garage door for rust. Pay particular attention to the corners and edges of each panel, as these areas can easily conceal rust for long periods of time, causing it to be unnoticed until it's too late. Rust can eat through the metal garage door if it is not dealt with as soon as possible.

If you notice areas that have rusted over, scrub the rust off with a cloth dipped in white vinegar and a steel-wool pad. Next, you'll want to sand the area. Sand at least two inches around the rust before coating the surface with a zinc-chromate primer. Paint the garage door once the primer fully dries.

Remove Hardened or Thickened Grease from Lubricant on Rollers

The cold winter weather can cause grease from the lubricant applied on the rollers to either harden or thicken. Hardened or thickened grease will obstruct the path of the rollers and will prevent the garage door from opening and closing properly. It may also cause the garage door to "jump" when it is opening and closing, which in turn will place unnecessary stress on the garage-door frame.

To prevent having to deal with this type of headache in the future, take some time to clean the rollers. Remove any hardened or thickened grease using steel wool. You should also take this time to remove any dirt or dust that may have accumulated on the rollers as well. Next, reapply lubricant onto the rollers. Make sure that you apply lubricant sparingly. A thick layer of lubricant will take longer to dry, which will allow for more dirt and dust particles to accumulate on the surface.

Tighten Screws to Prevent Metal Contraction

Temporal fluctuations in the winter will cause the metal to expand and contract. Metal contraction can cause the metal frames to become misaligned or deformed. This will prevent the garage door from opening and closing properly. With that said, you can prevent metal contractions from interfering with the garage-door operations if you tighten the screws and fasteners that are holding the frame together.

Tightening the screws and fasteners will also help reduce noise so that the garage door operates in a more quiet manner and fashion. You might also want to take this time to see whether any of the fasteners or screws are bent out of shape so that you can replace them while performing other maintenance work needed.

Taking time to perform needed maintenance on the garage door will help keep it in optimal condition. You will face fewer problems with your garage door in the winter months, and you'll be able to avoid having to perform repairs in snowy conditions and weather. If you're not sure whether your garage door is prepared for the winter, have a contractor such as American Eagle Garage Door Services perform a quick inspection to determine if there are any issues that you need to be wary of.