For homeowners in the Denver area, the approaching winter season means it’s time to get ready for things like skiing, snowboarding, and…winterizing your garage door. Here, we’re sharing tips for doing just that before winter weather comes — and how American Garage Door can help.
Check your weather stripping
Weatherstripping sits at the bottom of garage doors to prevent cold drafts from getting into your garage. Check to make sure there aren’t any cracks or tears in it. If that’s the case, head to your local hardware store and replace the stripping before temperatures drop.
Check for leaks and cracks
In addition to your weatherstripping, you should also check for any leaks or cracks around your entire garage door. Be sure to look closely near large seals and any windows. If you want a second opinion, call your local garage door technician to do a thorough inspection.
Clean up and organize
Winterizing your garage door also means winterizing the inside of your garage. Make sure you securely store anything sensitive to cold temperatures, like a lawnmower, tools, or any other power equipment. You can also get ahead of upcoming winter weather by prepping things like salt, shovels, and ice scrapers, so you’re all ready for the first snow.
Lubricate moving parts
Garage doors go up and down thousands of times a year, which is why they need routine preventative maintenance like lubrication. In the wintertime, moving parts like cables, chains, and springs may need to work extra hard to properly function (especially if your garage door isn’t insulated). We recommend using lithium grease before cold weather settles in to keep your door operating smoothly.
Upgrade to an insulated garage
If you’re still concerned about cold air getting into your garage (or warm air escaping), it might be time to consider an insulated garage. Insulation not only helps maintain a consistent temperature in your garage year-round, but it’s much more energy-efficient. That means lower heating and cooling bills for you, too! If you’re not sure where to start, check out our picks for the best insulated garage doors.
Get an inspection
To make sure your Dever-area garage door is fully prepared for winter, don’t hesitate to call a professional. At American Garage Door, we can help with everything from inspections and routine maintenance to emergency issues and repairs. If you’re in the market for a new garage door, we can help with that, too.
Request an estimate today!