Temperatures are dropping. Snow is falling. And it’s only a matter of time before we begin to see ice set in for the season. As a Winter enthusiast, the weather can be beautiful! But as a homeowner, you’ll want to watch out for ways the winter weather can affect your garage. Luckily, there are also actions you can take to prevent ice and snow from damaging your garage door.
Can Ice and Snow Damage Your Garage Door?
The short answer – yes! Once your car is safely stored inside, you may not give much thought to how the weather outside can still affect other assets of your home. Specifically, your garage door. Below are just a few of the ways ice and snow can damage your garage door, and how you can prevent it.
Garage Frames and Springs
You’re not the only one feeling the chill! Your garage door parts and mechanisms are also feeling those super low temps. The snowy and icy conditions can cause garage door frames to contract, while springs begin to lose their strength. In fact, broken springs are the most common issues homeowners face during the winter season. Having an insulated garage door and climate controlled interior can help battle the effects of freezing temperatures.
The Garage Door Itself
Most of us still open and close our garage doors throughout the Winter season. If snow has accumulated on your garage door while it is open, you must clear it away before closing it again. Otherwise, you run the risk of the door not fully closing or the weight of the snow damaging the door. Furthermore, water and snow can easily accumulate at the bottom of your garage door, causing it to freeze. If you find yourself with a frozen garage door, try to scrape the ice underneath, pour hot water, or use a small space heater to melt the ice. Avoid a frozen garage door by sweeping snow, ice, and water away from the base of your garage door.
How To Prevent Ice And Snow Damage
The best way to keep your garage door running smoothly all year-round is to properly inspect and maintain its components! It’s recommended to check your garage door every three months by disconnecting the door opener and operating the door manually a few times. You can also invest in a weather resistant door that is built to withstand the effects of snow, ice and freezing temperatures.
Adam’s Door Systems has the expertise to figure out your winter garage door woes and provide you with affordable solutions. Contact us today! We can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-602-6550 (Mississauga) or 416-502-2212 (Toronto).