You probably have a checklist of maintenance tasks to tackle this winter throughout your house, but don't forget your garage door. It might be technically attached to your house, but it's still an important part of your property and neglecting it could lead to an unwelcome repair bill. If you want to stay on top of garage door maintenance this winter, here are some tips that might help.
Do You Need to Replace the Weather Strips?
Your garage door's weather strips play a key role in keeping cold air outside and your heated air inside. A garage door with a weak strip could be adding extra dollars to your heating bill every month this winter. Weather strips are relatively easy to replace on your own, but a garage door expert can help if needed.
Keep the Tracks Clear of Any Outside Debris and Lubricate Moving Parts
Winter can be rather windy, and it's possible you still have some leaves outside from last fall. If a recent winter snowstorm allowed debris into your garage the last time you opened the door, take a look at your garage door's tracks. Use a small brush to remove any debris in order to allow your door to roll freely on its way up and down.
This may also be a good time to re-lubricate any moving parts. Winter air can be dry, and it's possible your previous lube has all but disappeared. Lubrication will reduce wear and tear on the door's moving parts and extend the garage door's lifespan.
Clean the Outside of the Door, Too
Normally when people think of garage door maintenance or repair, they think about the parts on the inside of the door. But your door's exterior is also important if you want to keep the door in good condition and maintain your property value and curb appeal. The outside of the door by get caked with road salt that got blown up from your driveway and just other winter gunk. Wipe the exterior of the door and pay attention to any hinges to make sure rust does not develop. If your garage door has windows, wipe those down, too, while also making sure that the glass is airtight and that there is not any kind of draft that might be causing you problems on your energy bill.
Contact a garage door services professional if you want assistance performing maintenance or repair on your garage door this winter.
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