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What Warming Temperatures Mean for Your Garage Door

There’s a lot to look forward to as February turns into March, including the potential for new blossoms on trees, flowers popping up in the garden, baby animals, and of course, longer days and more sunshine. Indeed, spring is many people’s favorite time of year, and for good reason.

For homeowners, spring can be a double-edged sword. While there is certainly more to look forward to, spring can also mean tuning into a home’s needs, particularly parts of the home that are affected by things like temperatures and moisture.

For garage door owners in Illinois and Indiana, here’s a look into what warming temperatures can mean for your garage door.

Moisture and Humidity Can Be Problematic

March can be a month with a lot of humidity and a lot of moisture, often in the form of rain or snow. For garage doors, this can be problematic. Humidity can lead to a host of issues, including issues with moving parts, expansion, and even damage to the garage door itself (especially if the door is made of wood).

Moisture can also seep into a garage and cause issues in the event that the garage door isn’t properly weatherstripped. We highly recommend checking your weather stripping at the end of winter and replacing it if need be.

Damage from Heat and Sunlight

While March means more sun and longer days, remember that a garage door that is in direct sunlight for the greater part of the day can suffer damage as a result of sun damage and heat damage. Not only may your garage door be damaged and experience problems like color fade, but the inside of your garage may get very hot as well, which can be a problem if you keep temperature-sensitive items within your garage, or use your garage as an extra living area of your home. Some things that you can do to beat the heat are to consider installing an insulated garage door (or insulating an existing door) which will help to regulate temperatures, paint your garage door a lighter color, and add ventilation fans throughout your garage. You can also insulate the walls of your garage.

It’s a Good Time to Perform Some Garage Door Maintenance

As temperatures warm up, now’s the perfect time to assess your garage door and perform maintenance where needed. Not only do you have the excuse of the cold to prevent you from performing maintenance, but over the winter, damage and wear and tear is possible, so spring is a necessary time to make sure everything is in working order.

Our Team Can Help!

At Affordable Garage Door, Inc., we have been performing garage door maintenance for decades, and are ready to help you stay on top of your garage door maintenance as the weather warms. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us using the online form on our website, or by phone at 219-696-4279.

Simple Garage Door Maintenance Tips

We typically don’t pay as much attention to garage doors as we do to other appliances. But we should, considering that it is the largest moving part in the household. Just like anything with a motor, garage doors are prone to operational errors. Extreme temperatures, debris, spring balance issues, roller misalignment and decreased sensitivity can cause homeowners to have issues with their garage doors.

Not being able to get your garage door to go up or down can be an issue. Fortunately, there are some simple repairs you can do on your own. Keep your door working properly this winter and all throughout the year with these helpful hints.

Test Your Door Regularly

It’s a good idea to test your garage door regularly for balancing issues. You can do this by disconnecting it and operating it manually. The door should stay halfway up without falling down. If it goes up or down quickly, you have a balancing issue that needs to be fixed by a professional.

DIY Fixes

You can keep your garage door in good working order by following these maintenance tips:

  • Keep the door operating smoothly by lubricating the hinges, rollers and bearings. Just make sure you use the right type of grease, or you could make things worse.
  • Vacuum the tracks to remove debris that can cause the rollers to get stuck.
  • Keep the spring lubricated so it doesn’t jam up the system.
  • If your system uses a chain, make sure it is greased.
  • Check the screws and bolts to ensure they are tight.
  • Check the sensors to ensure that the door will stop when there is an object in the way.
  • Check the cables to ensure they are not frayed.
  • Change the batteries in the garage door opener often.

Many newer garage doors shut down often, but are equipped with diagnostic lights and codes to let you know what error your door is experiencing.  Get to know your system so you can pinpoint the problem easily.

Call a Professional

While you might be able to fix some issues on your own, some garage door problems require the assistance of a professional. If you hear scraping and grinding sounds, you may have a problem with the motor or gears. A professional can help identify the problem.

Now that it’s winter time, you may find that your garage door is not moving as smoothly as it did in the summer. By adjusting the force of the motor, you can get the door to move more easily. It just takes a short visit from a garage door professional.

Get Help for Your Garage Door Issues

Whether you require maintenance for your garage door, are in need of a repair or are looking to upgrade, the team at Affordable Garage Door, Inc. can help you achieve your goals. We have many styles to choose from. We have been providing Northwest Indiana residents with quality garage door products and services for more than 30 years. Contact Affordable Garage Door, Inc. today at (219) 696-4279 for a free estimate.