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Preparing Your Garage Door for Summer

It’s almost summertime! And just like harsh winters can wreak havoc on your garage door, so can hot summers. To keep your garage door in good condition all year round and to avoid any surprise repairs, here are some tips to help you prepare your garage door for summer.

Check the finish

Cold weather, ice, snow, and hail may have caused some superficial damage to the finish of your garage door over winter. Check for worn areas and scratches on the surface of your garage door. You may need to repaint or refinish your door if it suffered from any extreme weather. If your garage door is often in direct sunlight, you might consider a paint or finish with UV protection. You should also properly clean the surface of your garage door to get rid of built-up dust and dirt that could damage the finish.

Check the weather-stripping and insulation

Weather-stripping and insulation will stop your garage from becoming too hot in the summer sun. Check around the weather-stripping to ensure it hasn’t become cracked or damaged, and replace it if necessary. Your garage door should also be properly insulated to control the temperature inside your garage. Consider upgrading your garage door if needed or purchasing a new garage door with insulation.

Test the sensors

Garage door sensors are a useful safety device that stops the garage door from closing if something is blocking its path. Unfortunately, bright sunlight can sometimes interfere with this process, preventing the safety system from working properly. If your garage door receives direct sunlight during the day, then you may be able to get around this problem by creating a shade for the sensors.

Lubricate moving parts

It’s important to keep moving parts well-lubricated to keep them functioning, in good condition, and to prevent wear and tear. Changes in temperature can cause hardware to expand and shrink slightly, which can leave parts vulnerable to wear and tear. So, make sure you lubricate all moving parts in time for the summer heat.

Book a garage door tune-up

As well as your own checks and maintenance, it’s a good idea to book a professional garage door tune-up in time for summer. A garage door technician will be able to inspect all the parts of your garage door, like the springs and cables, to make sure there is no damage and everything is functioning properly. If there are any problems, it is better for a professional to spot them now and fix them before they become more serious.

If you need garage door repair or maintenance in Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, or High Point, then contact Carolina Garage Door for our support and services.

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Weatherproofing Your Garage Door

The front surface of your garage door is always out in the open, making it subject to whatever weather you’re experiencing that day. Sun, wind, rain, snow, fog, and ice – your garage door has to put up with it all. All of this can weaken and even damage your garage door over time, especially during extreme weather conditions. But there are certain things you can do to protect your garage door from the elements.

Here are our tips for weatherproofing your garage door…

Make sure all the seals are intact

Garage doors should have seals and weatherstripping around them to help seal off any gaps that might let water, debris, and pests inside. These can deteriorate over time, so inspect all the seals around your garage to check if any of them need repairing or replacing. If you see any cracks in the weatherstripping or gaps between the door and the floor or walls around it, then contact a garage door technician to make sure your garage is properly sealed.

Add insulation

Whether it’s hot summers or cold winters, a properly insulated garage door can help to keep the inside of your garage at a comfortable temperature. This can help you save on heating and cooling costs inside, especially if your garage is attached to your home. If your garage door isn’t insulated, then you can add insulation or install a new garage door that is properly insulated.

Add a protective finish

Rain, snow, hail, and UV rays can all weaken or damage the surface of your garage door over time. The sun may cause the color of your garage door to fade while heavier weather like hail can cause scratches and dents. Plus, rain and humidity can cause metal doors to rust and wooden doors to rot or warp over time.

Your garage door should be sealed or finished appropriately to provide the level of protection it needs. The kind of finish you’ll need will depend on the material of the door and whether or not it is painted. This will help your garage door last longer in good condition. You can also paint the walls of your garage with a waterproof sealant to help keep mold and mildew out of your garage’s interior.

If you need help maintaining or repairing your garage door, or upgrading it to better withstand the weather, Carolina Garage Door are here to help. Get in touch for our garage door tune-up and installation services around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point.