Summer is quickly fading into fall which has us picking up after all the damage the hotter months have caused. And soon enough, we’re going to be dealing with whatever problems come about from ice-cold winter days. Your garage door may be impacted by this more than you think.
Think about it this way: during 20-degree days, your heated garage might still be in the comfortable 60s. It’s no surprise then that such a big difference in inside and outside temperatures can impact something like a wood garage door. Garage door damage may be inevitable, but knowing what kinds of damage can happen—and what the warning signs may be—can be a game changer. Let’s take a look at some of the issues you should be on the lookout for when it comes to garage door damage.
Hot Weather Damage
When exposed to intense sunlight, your garage door sensors may become damaged. The sun can trick those sensors into thinking that something is wrong; this could lead to them reverse actioning whenever you close the door, in which case “shading” your sensors might be necessary.
Hot weather plus humidity can also spell trouble, especially for wooden doors, which can absorb that moisture and cause the wood to deteriorate. A protective top coat is a necessity. Check with a professional to see what kind of protection your garage door needs if you’re worried about hot weather damage.
Cold Water Damage
Take note of any water (or melting snow) that begins to pool near garage doors. If that water freezes again, it could freeze your garage door shut. Remove that water and prevent that from ever happening.
If exposed to prolonged wet conditions, your wooden garage door, jamb, and frame may absorb enough moisture that makes it difficult for the door to open and close.
Those low temperatures can also thicken the lubricants in your garage door’s tracks, slowing down the opening and closing of your garage door. Look for all-weather lubricants whenever you’re doing garage door track maintenance and that should do the trick.
Those cold temps can also cause your garage door’s springs to brittle, potentially even breaking or snapping. Contact a local garage door maintenance company to ensure your springs are properly lubricated.
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Since 2004, First Choice Garage Doors has been providing quality service in Maryland, Delaware, Northern Virginia, and Pennsylvania. We offer services like garage door installation and replacement, as well as maintenance and repair. We specialize in the repair and maintenance of garage doors and their accessories. Here at First Choice Garage Doors, we work with top manufacturers in the industry, including Amar Entrematic, Clopay, Wayne Dalton, and Artisan.