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What’s the Best Time of Year to Change the Weather Stripping on My Garage Door?

Weather stripping on garage doors (and garage windows) is extremely important; the stripping prevents air leaks, keeps a garage insulated and more energy efficient, and keeps moisture out, which can be detrimental to garage door parts (think rust and ice). Replacing weather stripping annually, and keeping an eye on it throughout the year for any signs of damage, is very important. That being said, many people wonder when the best time of year to change weather stripping on their garage door is, and whether or not they can do it themselves, or need the help of a professional. Here’s what you need to know:

The Best Time of Year to Change Weather Stripping

You should replace weather stripping whenever you notice that current weather stripping is cracked, damage, missing, ripped, or otherwise deteriorating, regardless of the month. That being said, changing weather stripping before the coldest months of the year is often ideal, as that way your garage is protected throughout the winter. Try to change the weather stripping on your garage door on a day where weather is mild; if you try to change the stripping on a day that it’s rainy out or excessively hot, moisture or heat may interfere with the process.

Can I Change the Weather Stripping on My Own?

Yes! The good news is that while weather stripping usually needs to be replaced annually, doing so is not too complicated if you have the time and put forth the effort. In order to replace your weather stripping:

  • Raise the garage door to a convenient height.
  • Loosen the current weather stripping in order to remove it – this may require the use of soap and water.
  • Clean the retainer, the place where the weather stripping goes, after you have removed the old weather stripping.
  • Work with another person to install the new weather stripping; one person will guide it through the retainer, while the other will pull.
  • Remove any excess weather stripping that extends beyond the length of the garage door by cutting it off.

When You Need the Help of a Garage Door Professional

When you are checking the health of your weather stripping, it is recommended that you give your garage door and its moving parts a thorough lookover as well. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, like broken parts or strange sounds, you should contact a garage door professional. At Affordable Garage Door, Inc., we have been serving those in Lake County, IN for more than 30 years and know everything there is to know about garage doors. To learn more about how we can help you when your garage door is in need of maintenance or repair, call us today at 219-696-4279.

Garage Doors for Commercial Businesses: The Benefits of Security Doors

Many commercial businesses rely on garages and garage doors for providing access to indoor storage or a warehouse, storing vehicles, or storing and protecting goods and products. In fact, the right garage doors can be a huge part of a commercial business’s success; garage doors keep products and employees safe. When garage doors are not secure or are not in working order, workplace injuries may occur, and a commercial business may be more at risk of a break in. The following considers some of the biggest benefits of commercial security doors:

Protecting Against Nature

Lake County is not known for its pleasant weather; rather, just the opposite is true. Cold winters, strong winds, and wet springs can also be destructive to a business’s façade. And weather is not the only destructive thing that nature can bring; termites, pests, and rodents can all call a garage or garage door home, too. Reinforced steel security doors can help to keep the outside of your commercial business looking great, and the inside warm, dry, and pest-free.

Keeping Thieves Out

Steel security doors are also great because they are reinforced to keep even the most advanced of thieves out. With locking mechanisms and upward acting chain link and screen, no one who is not granted access will be getting through these doors.

Easy Maintenance and Great Appearance

Many people mistakenly think that security doors are a pain to maintain, extremely expensive to keep in good condition, and are bulky and ugly. But the opposite is true; while security doors – just like other garage doors – should be assessed on an annual basis for any damage or necessary repairs, maintenance is no more cumbersome with these doors than it is with others. What’s more, steel doors can add to a business’s curb appeal, not detract from it.

Learn More About Garage Doors for Your Commercial Business

If you have questions about garage doors for your commercial business and how to maximize security, the professionals at Affordable Garage Door, Inc. have answers. To meet with us to discuss your garage door needs in more detail today, call us now at 219-696-4279, or you can request a free quote using our online form. Our garage door business has been working in Lake County, IN for more than 30 years and is dedicated to competitive pricing, quick service, and excellent customer relations. We want your business to succeed, and will work with you to find the right garage door fit. Call us today!

4 Things to Do to Prepare Your Garage Door for Spring

Spring is in the air! Now that the birds are chirping and the sunshine is out, you’re no doubt preparing your home for the warmer weather. As you do, consider these four things for getting your garage door ready for the new season:

Spring is in the air! Now that the birds are chirping and the sunshine is out, you’re no doubt preparing your home for the warmer weather. As you do, consider these four things for getting your garage door ready for the new season:

  1. Give it a Scrub

If your garage door looks anything like most people’s after a long winter, the outside of it is covered with salt, dirt, and grime from the cold months of the year. To get it sparkling clean, grab a pressure washer and a gentle cleanser (be careful using certain chemicals, as these can damage both your garage door and your health) and hose it down. If it needs it, consider a paint job, too.

  1. Check Your Weather Stripping

With temperature changes and moisture, as well as rodents that like to make their way into a garage during the winter to stay warm and find food, weather stripping may be cracked, damaged, or even chewed through. Now that spring is here, take some time to throughout asses your weather stripping, and replace it if need be. If it is still in good condition, check it again in six months’ time.

  1. Look for Damage

Winter is a common type for garage door damage. Now that it’s over, make sure that everything look A-okay before you forget about your garage door for the rest of the season. Look for external garage door damage, like cracks, dents, or mold in wooden doors; check rollers and moving parts; and listen for anything that sounds off.

One other important thing that you should is to check your garage door’s automatic reversal system, or the system that makes sure your garage stops and re-opens when it is on its descent and something gets in its way. The easiest way to do this is to close your garage door, and then wave something – like a broomstick – in front of the garage door’s motion sensor. If nothing happens, you have a problem that you should fix immediately.

  1. Call a Garage Door Professional

If you do not plan on performing garage door maintenance yourself this year, or notice a garage door problem that is bigger than you can handle on your own, do not hesitate to contact a garage door specialist for professional help. At Affordable Garage Door, Inc., our team has been in business for more than three decades, and can assist you with all of your garage door needs. Contact us today at 219-696-4279 to learn more!

 

A How-To Guide for Painting Your Garage Door

If you’re feeling crafty with spring right around the corner, it might be time to consider painting your garage door. Painting your garage door can not only add a little pizazz to your home, it can also improve your home’s curb appeal and possibly its value, too.

Choose the Right Time of Year

It is important that you choose the right time of year to paint your garage door, because if it is too wet, too hot, or too cold, the paint may be affected, and potentially ruined. Late spring is often a great time for this, just be sure to check the weather forecast in advance to ensure that there will not be any rain for the next few days! Further, choose a sunny day to paint, and start early. This way, the sunshine will give the paint plenty of time to dry.

Get the Garage Door Ready

The next step is getting the garage door ready by making sure it’s cleaned and prepped. It is important that you do a thorough job in cleaning, so use a power washer or a firm scrub brush to remove dirt and debris.

Once the door is completely clean and completely dry, start the preparation for paint. This involves taping all areas that you do not want to get paint on, such as the edges around the doors. Put a tarp down on the ground as well in case you spill any paint.

Depending on what color you’re putting on, you will also need to put a layer of primer on first before you start to paint. Be sure to choose the right primer – not all are meant for outdoor use!

Paint and Wait

Finally, it is time to paint. Use small amount of paint and apply in thin layers rather than globbing a whole bunch on at once. Let each layer dry completely before applying another.

Contact a Garage Door Professional

While a paint job can certainly improve the look of your garage door, don’t be fooled, if your garage door is dated or damaged, you may be in need of a full garage door repair. If this is the case, do not hesitate to contact the professionals at Affordable Garage Door, Inc. Serving those in Lake County, Indiana for over 30 years, we’re the best in the industry when it comes to garage door servicing, repair, and replacement. For a free quote, call us today at 219-696-4279.