Winter weather can take a toll on the exterior of your home in many different ways, including damaging the roof from hail or damaging the gutters due to the weight of heavy snow. One of the other ways that snow and ice can harm the exterior of your house during the winter months is doing damage to your garage door. How can your garage bear the brunt of winter weather?
Frozen Garage Door
Depending on how your garage door is laid out, there could be a high chance that water and snow might accumulate around the bottom of it. When this happens, the snow and ice can freeze overnight and make it very challenging to open up your garage door. Never try to pull or force the garage door to open, as this can do serious damage to the hardware. First, try to scrape out the ice underneath the door or use a portable space heater to get rid of the snow.
Do you have a wood garage door? Wood doors are particularly susceptible to water damage throughout the year, and winter is no different. Wood typically swells in the winter and contracts in the summer. When moisture makes the wood on your garage door swell, the door will fit more tightly in the frame. This tight squeeze can make it harder to preserve your garage door, as it will be experiencing excess friction.
Cracked Vinyl or Plastic
While wood doors have issues with moisture, vinyl and plastic garage doors can also experience issues during the coldest months of the year. Vinyl and plastic do not perform perfectly when temperatures get below zero, and they can become brittle and crack. If your garage door develops a number of cracks, it will eventually need to be replaced. We can help you determine the best type of garage door for your climate and make sure that it looks fantastic now and in the future.
Leave Garage Door Painting to First Choice Garage Doors
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.