Summer is just about here – or at least the heat is. While the summer sun brings plenty of fun, outdoor activities, the end of school for kids, and myriad other enjoyable events, it can pose a risk for your garage door and your garage. Here is a look into what you need to know about keeping your garage (door) protected during the hottest months of the year:
Garage Door Sun Damage
With the hot rays of the sun beating down on your garage door, you may find that the door becomes damaged. This is especially true if you have a wooden garage door, as wood and sun damage go hand-in-hand. The best way that you can protect a wood garage door from sun damage is to coat it with a water and ultraviolet light-resistant barrier. If the coating is chipped or damaged, you will need to reapply it to ensure protection.
Refusing to Open or Close
In addition to external damage, many people find that they have a hard time opening or closing their garage door in the heat of summer. The latter may be explained by sunshine rays shining directly into the path of a garage door’s safety sensors (which are in place to prevent the garage door from closing on a person or object). Creating blinders may help to alleviate this problem. Or, if you garage door’s reversal system is outdated, replacing it may be the answer. Another reason that your garage door is not operating as it should may be that the electronics in your garage door opener cannot handle the heat. Having a professional come out and diagnose the problem is within your best interest.
Hot, Hot, Hot
A poorly insulated garage door will do a bad job at keeping heat from entering your garage. If your garage is used to store temperature-sensitive items, is used as an additional room of your house, or is a place where children or pets like to play, a hot garage could be a major problem, and even dangerous. Ensuring that your garage door is well-insulated, and perhaps installing fans or a cooling system depending upon garage usage, is important.
A Professional Team Ready to Help
At Affordable Garage Door, Inc., our service professionals can answer all of your garage door questions, ranging from how to keep your garage cool to what to do if heat prevents your garage from opening or sun damage is ruining your door’s façade. To learn more, contact us directly at 219-696-4279 today.