As the temperatures rise during hot weather, it’s important to ensure that your garage door is properly prepared to withstand the heat and maintain optimal performance. Taking a few proactive steps can help prevent potential issues and keep your garage and belongings protected. From inspecting and maintaining the door’s components to implementing measures that improve energy efficiency, there are several helpful tips to prepare your garage door for hot weather. By following these tips, you can ensure that your garage door operates smoothly, remains durable, and provides a comfortable environment inside your garage throughout the summer months
Garage Door Cleaning
Sometimes, garage door care is as easy as a good cleaning. The hot season is the perfect time to eliminate bird poop, dust, and dirt that may have accumulated from the rainy season.
You can use a hose to loosen the sticky dirt. Then go in with water, mild detergent, and a rag to wipe the door, and finally hose it down again to rinse it clean.
A clean garage door appeals to the eyes and makes it easier to spot defects or damages.
Repainting a Garage Door
Repainting a garage door is an important maintenance task that can enhance the appearance and protect the door from the elements. Over time, garage doors may become faded, chipped, or show signs of wear due to exposure to sunlight, weather conditions, and general use. Repainting the door not only improves its aesthetic appeal but also provides a layer of protection against moisture, UV rays, and other environmental factors. Before repainting, it is crucial to properly prepare the surface by cleaning it, removing any loose paint or rust, and sanding if necessary. Choosing a high-quality exterior paint specifically designed for metal or wood surfaces is essential to ensure durability and long-lasting results. By investing in repainting, homeowners can give their garage door a fresh, updated look while safeguarding it from potential damage, ultimately increasing its lifespan and maintaining its value.
Lubrication plays a vital role in the proper functioning and longevity of a garage door. Applying lubricant to the moving parts of the door, such as the rollers, hinges, tracks, and springs, reduces friction and allows smooth operation. This not only helps the door open and close more quietly but also minimizes wear and tear on the components. Lubrication prevents rust and corrosion, particularly in areas exposed to moisture or harsh weather conditions. Regular lubrication also helps maintain the efficiency of the garage door opener by reducing strain on the motor. By investing a small amount of time and effort into lubricating the garage door, homeowners can significantly extend the door’s lifespan, enhance its performance, and reduce the likelihood of costly repairs or replacements.
Springs are like the backbone of garage doors. The component balances the door’s weight, allowing it to move up and down quickly.
The constant exposure to cold and moist air during the cold season will likely cause the springs to rust. And failure to identify and correct this issue when the warm season approaches will weaken the springs and cause them to break unexpectedly, thus compromising the garage door’s ability to open and close smoothly.
You can prevent such issues by inspecting the garage door regularly for signs of rust, wear. Never attempt to adjust the springs, cables, or bottom brackets on your garage door. Doing so puts you at great risk of injury. Always contact a professional technician to inspect and repair them.
As mentioned earlier, the garage door plays a significant role in keeping your garage’s temperature ideal in different seasons. In summer, your garage door should prevent your garage from overheating. But that is only achievable if you ensure it is adequately insulated.
If your garage door is old, the insulation material may be worn out and the door may need to be replaced. You can entrust a professional to inspect the condition of the insulation and recommend the best course of action.
We recommend purchasing a garage door that is insulated. Insulation can only be inspected on steel doors that have exposed insulation. Inspection does not necessarily mean it can be replaced. It depends on whether or not the Manufacture still supports the door. If you have a steel insulated garage door with a steel backer, you can not inspect or replace the insulation without damaging the door beyond repair.
A functional garage door is paramount to your property’s safety, curb appeal, and energy efficiency. Therefore, don’t leave anything to chance; invest time, money, and effort to prepare the door for the hot weather by following the above tips.
Raynor Door Company is your trusted partner for all your garage door needs. You can trust us to inspect, repair, and maintain your garage door to preserve it through the hot season. Contact us today and let us take care of your garage door needs promptly and professionally.