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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Automatic garage door openers are a wonderful convenience. However, they can also serve as a weak link in your garage, and homes, security. How can you improve your garage door security and safety, without compromising modern day ease? Read on for our top tips to improve your garage door security.
Those tiny remotes that come with your garage door opener can easily be misplaced. Or even taken. To open your garage door without fear of someone getting their hands on your remote, you may want to consider installing a wireless keypad. Simply be careful who has the code, and you can rest easy knowing your garage door is safe and secure.
Most of us have a door leading from the garage into the house. To ensure the safety of your home, keep this door locked at all times. This especially comes in handy if you forget to close the door on your way out.
Today’s technology has opened the door of possibilities. Forget to close your garage door? You can close it from your phone! You can even program the app to send you a notification when the door is being opened or shut, as well as attach cameras to get a real life view. Literally keeping the security and safety of your garage door in the palm of your hand.
Clip-on remotes that connect to your garage door opener are an easy target for potential thieves. All they need to do is swipe the remote from your car and voila! Easy access. Luckily, manufacturers now have smaller, portable garage door openers. Like ones that can easily attach to your keychain. So you can keep your remote on you at all times.
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While wildly convenient, it’s also important to understand that garage doors are also under massive amounts of tension. While this tension helps your garage door properly, it also comes with an element of risk. If you are a parent, grandparent, or often have small visitors to your home, you know keeping them safe is a top priority. Staying up to date on maintenance and establishing strong boundaries surrounding the garage door can help prevent the worst from occurring. Sit down with the children in your life, and teach them these easy lessons to ensure their safety while they are playing in and around the garage:
With these simple garage door rules, your family can prevent serious injuries as well as damage to the mechanisms:
Children are naturally curious, and love to know what is happening in the world around them. Teaching children exactly how the garage door works empowers them and may stifle any mischief that occurs out of curiosity. Show them the springs and lifting cables, explaining the pressure they are under so they know not to pluck or pull these parts. You should also spend some time explaining just how important the sensors are. Children should know that these sensors must stay aligned to keep everyone safe.
Garage safety extends far beyond the door. Remember to keep all powerful and dangerous tools securely locked out of reach. The same goes for various chemicals you may have set aside. And remember – the more educated your children are about safety, the more empowered they become.
Could you imagine if you never took your car in for maintenance? Eventually, the car would begin having serious issues. The same is true for your garage door. Despite being one of the most used items in homes today, it is often the most neglected in terms of maintenance. The good news is that you can avoid costly garage door replacement costs by performing some annual garage door maintenance today!
One of the most important parts of garage door maintenance is that it can protect your garage from the elements. By ensuring that your garage door operates well and that weather-stripping and other protective pieces are in good shape, you can keep water and other elements out that might damage the contents of your garage.
Believe it or not, performing annual garage door maintenance can also improve your finances. Replacing springs and brackets regularly is both easier and cheaper than replacing an entire garage door or paying for a costly repair. In addition, you can reduce the hot or cold air leaking out of your garage, which will help you save on energy bills!
Nobody wants to roll the dice every time they press their garage door opener. Keeping your garage door well maintained is a great way to boost your peace of mind. Nothing feels better than going in and out, under the garage door, knowing that the springs have been inspected and everything is working well.
By far the biggest reason to perform annual garage door maintenance! By performing safety checks on all aspects of your garage door, you can reduce the risk of injuries due to garage door malfunctions.
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