Get Your Garage Ready for Winter: 5 Things You Need to Inspect

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Garage Door Repair Minneapolis & St. Paul

A lot of garage door maintenance isn’t safe to do on your own. The springs have a lot of tension, and they can cause serious damage if you loosen them or you’re nearby when one cracks. The motor and alignment also need to be handled by a technician so nothing breaks.

But while the repairs and parts inspections should be handled by your repair company, there are a few things you can do to get your garage, and your garage door, ready for winter. Check these five tasks off of your to-do list before it gets cold:

1. Inspect your weatherstrip for damage.

The bottom of your garage door deals with a lot of damage, especially if you open the door regularly. The weatherstripping along the bottom might sit in water puddles after heavy storms and even stick to the ground after a frost. Bugs and rodents will try to chew through it to get to your warm garage. If you have additional weatherstripping along the sides of your door, it won’t face as much damage. But it can still get torn and frayed over time.

Partially open your door so you can visually inspect the bottom and the sides. If you see any damage, make sure it gets patched or entirely replaced so nothing can get inside your garage this winter.

2. Check around your garage door for gaps.

Garage doors aren’t always flush with the garage’s exterior wall. There might be a gap along the top. Dented panels might pull away from the edge of the wall. Misalignment or bad springs might make the door hang at an angle. No matter the underlying cause of a gap, call in a technician who can fix the problem.

Gaps invite rodents and pests inside during the winter. It also lets heated air out of your home. Even if the gap seems too small to be a problem, desperate neighborhood animals can chew through the side of the door or even the edge of the doorway to make the entrance bigger.

3. Record the temperature.

Garages eat up a lot of your home’s energy. Cold air seeps inside through the garage door, the attic, and any windows your garage has. Check for insulation above the garage ceiling when you glance through the attic hatch and inspect your garage door for either pre-insulated panels or added insulation between the frame and the panels.

But if you just want to do a quick check without having to examine your insulation, measure your garage’s temperature. If it’s far colder than the rest of your house, then too much cold air is getting inside.

4. Recaulk your windows.

Drafty windows can be just as bad as gaps around the door or missing insulation. But not only is it a problem you can easily investigate yourself, you can quickly fix it, too. Look for cracks in the caulk along the glass panes. You can also feel for drafts getting through the corner seams.

If you want to do your own repairs, all you have to do is cut away the old caulk with a utility knife and replace it.

5. Test the batteries.

Automatic garage doors are great in winter. When you can get in and out of your car without having to step outside, the cold weather gets that much easier to bear. But cold temperatures are hard on batteries, and the last thing you want is a dead battery in your garage door opener. Test the strength of the batteries now so you aren’t caught off-guard later.

Checking for these five problems before winter is important. But it’s just as important to make sure the springs and motor are in good shape. Go to Advanced Garage Solutions to schedule an appointment if you live in the Minneapolis area.