What To Do During Each Season for Garage Door Maintenance
Through every warmer and colder season, occasional blizzards, and opening/closing cycles, your garage door puts up with a lot! Follow this article’s guide for an optimal garage door as we discuss before or during every new season, there is the perfect time to adjust the largest moving door to your home or business accordingly.
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Spring Time: The Season For Spring Cleaning
Right around the time the groundhog sees his shadow or not is when you need to visually inspect your garage door. Springtime is the first season in the new year to add garage door lubrication to the moving parts of your garage door.
Focus on the springs and bearing plates located at the top of the garage door (if you’re unsure about the status of your springs, please refer to our Garage Door Spring Replacement page). Conduct a reversal test on your garage door to ensure the lubricant is evenly distributed. You can do this by simply activating your garage door opener, and taking note of how it operates.
As temperatures warm up, the hardware within your garage door system settles and relaxes some tension held within the springs. For more information on how your garage door springs operate around this specific time of year, check out our blog post titled, “Broken Garage Door Spring Season”.
*When In Doubt, Contact Our Professionals: Please don’t hesitate to contact Merchantville Overhead Door for expert tightening, and other garage door routine maintenance steps that we offer.
Summer: Extra TLC
Garage door maintenance includes giving your garage door a tried-and-true facelift. Oftentimes, a new color or a fresh coat of paint automatically makes it look like a new garage door!
The best time to give the face of your garage door any necessary cosmetic renovations is during the summer months. Painting the exterior of your home, more notably your garage door, in pleasant temperatures allows for the paint to cure at an ideal rate, according to CertaPro Painters.
Around 50 degrees Fahrenheit is the minimum temperature needed for exterior paint to set for an immaculate, longer-lasting finish. View our Gallery for garage door colors, styles, and installation inspiration. Consider painting earlier in the summer or during the dryer season to avoid water damage.
Fall: The Season For Spring Loosening
Before temperatures plummet, garage door lubrication should be added to all of the garage door’s moving parts, as discussed earlier in the Spring section. Garage door springs, in particular, need necessary adjusting whenever they’re exposed to warmer or cooler temperatures. At this time, they would slightly loosen, so we recommend a routine inspection done by a professional.
Book a general maintenance appointment with Merchantville Overhead Door since your garage door springs are under an immense amount of tension, and need to be dealt with certified professional care. Our Blog page features more information about the importance of garage door maintenance and other evergreen trends every garage door owner should know.
*Don’t Forget To: Lubricate the bottoms of the rails where the rollers move back and forth and limit the lubricant to components that experience the most friction.
Winter: The Season To Complete The Cycle
Winter snow and icy winds heavily weather a garage and its hardware system. After some time, the combination of repeated usage and below-freezing temperatures hinder the garage door hinges, springs, tracks, or cables. During the winter, these are the most vulnerable parts to your overhead door that could break or snap under pressure. If there are extra loud grinding noises coming from your garage door, please call a professional during this time to properly inspect all components for potential garage door repair or parts replacement.
*Extra Care Tip: Consider insulated garage doors for new installation if your home experiences drafts or increasing utility costs. The inside of your home, as well as your garage, will be kept comfortable as a result, while the installation increases energy efficiency against extreme weather.
Once you’ve considered how much your garage door weathers, highlight this in bold: Don’t delay any garage door inspections!
Your garage door is the largest moving door attached to your home, and we have the best technicians as the longest running garage door company in the Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey area. Make sure your garage door remains durable through the seasons and other outdoor elements, and schedule garage door maintenance with Merchantville Overhead Door today.