If your house is too cold during winter, chances are you’ll do something about it. You’ll turn up the thermostat, put in weatherstripping or block drafty doorways. Yet how many of us will take such steps when our garages are frigid? The number is probably a lot smaller, because many of us don’t think of our garage as part of our home. Despite that fact, your garage can have a major impact on our utility bills.
If your garage door could talk, you’d probably hear from it in winter. The harsh cold and freezing snow create a number of issues that can make life difficult for it. When it has a hard time, chances are you’ll have one, too. However, just because this time of year is rough on your door doesn’t mean you have to suffer through malfunctions and repairs. By keeping a few helpful hints in mind, you will stand a much better chance of getting through the season without complaint.Continue reading
Your garage door stands as your property’s first line of defense against the elements. Protecting the largest point of entry into your home means it keeps out cold air that can chill you and drive up your heating bills. It does this 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all winter. Though because your garage door is always there, it’s easy to take it for granted. That means you may not be giving yours the attention and care it needs to continue doing its job.
Before the coldest days of the year settle in, take a moment to do some preventative maintenance. With these tips, give your door a fighting chance to stand up to the worst the season has to offer.
Check Your Insulation
Your door’s insulation is one of the most important aspects for keeping the draft out of your house. Check to make sure that it is still in good condition. If your garage door isn’t insulated or it needs replacing, you can find a kit at your local home-improvement store that will add protection.
Any gap between the door and the floor can allow cold air into your garage. Even a small crack of less than an inch might lead to big problems because melting snow could get inside and damage your belongings. This is why installing a threshold seal such as the ones made by Garadry are essential. Available in various sizes, they can close any gaps, offering superior protection and energy efficiency.
Inspect the Hardware
Frigid conditions can wreak havoc on metal and wood, so it’s a good idea to check and tighten your door’s hardware before the temperature drops. The heat of summer may cause bolts to expand ever so slightly — meaning they may be loose by the time the mercury starts to dip. This is also a good opportunity to apply grease to your opener’s chain or screw, and spray lubricant to your springs.
Make Sure It Opens Smoothly
Any hiccups in how the door opens or closes will be exacerbated in the winter, when the components are at their stiffest. Take a close look at the tracks and see if there are any obstructions that could be hindering its performance. Rollers that appear to be cracked, chipped or otherwise out of shape should be replaced as soon as possible, too. If your opener has an electric eye, check it for anything that may be blocking the infrared beam.
Ensuring that your garage door will survive the winter is a good idea for many reasons. Not only will it prevent breakdowns that can be even more inconvenient during the season, but it can help keep your house more energy-efficient and lower your heating bills. Don’t wait until something goes wrong to pay attention to yours.
Each year, nearly 6,600 fires start in residential garages. These typically aren’t spotted right away. That means they tend to spread farther and cause more damage than those that start in other areas of a home. Hundreds of people are injured and more than 60 die as a result of these each year. The fact is, most of these tragedies could have been avoided with the proper precautions. Taking the time to inspect your garage along with some preventative steps could mean the difference between life and death. With that said, here are some imperative tips homeowners should follow to prevent a fire.Continue reading
Your home’s garage door does a lot to protect your property. As the first line of defense against the elements, it blocks most of the weather, debris and pests found outside. However, any gaps in your door provide an opportunity for them to enter your garage. The results can be disastrous. Rain and melting snow can leak under your garage door and soak your belongings. Dirt, leaves and other debris can get inside and make your space a mess. Mice, insects and snakes can find their way into your property, building nests and spreading disease. To make sure your door provides the strongest level of protection against these threats, a garage door weather seal from Garadry is the best choice.Continue reading
Most homeowners who live in areas prone to hurricanes understand what they must do to protect their houses from these devastating storms. They know to take precautions such as protecting windows, using tarps and securing loose items. However, not as many people think about their garage doors. They assume that because they are large and heavy, they already offer adequate protection against the elements — but this isn’t necessarily the case. To provide the most defense against gale-force winds and punishing rain, reinforcement and proper weather sealing are required.Continue reading
When most homeowners think of increasing home value, they tend to associate such projects with kitchen and bathroom renovations, a new outdoor deck or patio, or new windows. Many homeowners fail to realize that there's a very affordable, value-adding opportunity present to them, as long as their homes have a garage: garage door insulation. Yes, a garage does more than provide a place for your vehicles and yard tools — it also acts as somewhat of a window to the home.
This post is designed to explain what garage door insulation is, its benefits and the type of value it can add to your home.Continue reading
When your garage door doesn’t work the way it should, it’s usually pretty obvious. Your garage door is built to open and close. What’s less obvious, however, is what the problem may be and how you can fix it. Because it’s easy to take our garage doors for granted, any problem with your garage door can seem like a disaster that requires professional intervention. However, that’s not always the case. Many garage door problems can be dealt with yourself — as long as you know what to look for and how to handle it.Continue reading
A well-maintained garage door is more important than many homeowners know. Not only does a properly functioning garage door help protect your belongings and property by keeping them secure, but it also plays a crucial role in the energy efficiency of your home. A garage door that isn’t taken care of can allow all sorts of unwanted things into your garage — including vermin, drafts and water. These all have the potential to cause serious damage to anything inside your garage as well as raise your energy bills through inefficiency.Continue reading
If you’re like most people, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about your garage door. In fact, you probably only pay attention to it for those moments when you need it to go up or down. However, the truth is, your garage door does a lot of work — even when you’re not thinking about it. A high-quality garage door not only keeps your garage safe and looking good, but it also can save you money on your energy bills. If you’re in the market for a new garage door, don’t assume one is as good as another. Here’s a list of six factors to consider before buying your next garage door.