How Winter Can Make Your Garage Door Dangerous
The pouring snow, gusty winds, and chilling cold all take a heavy toll on the constructional integrity of your garage door.
During the colder months, the metal parts of your garage door, such as screws and springs, tend to shrink. This not only causes unexpected problems with closing and/or opening, but also makes your garage door an unnecessary danger.
Here are some measures you can take to minimize garage door danger during the winter:
1. Regular Inspection and Maintenance. Make sure that all the moving parts are in working condition. Inspect the area under the garage door for snow or ice and clean it as soon as possible so that the door does not freeze shut. Consider hiring a garage door professional that will inspect all the parts of your door at least once a year.
2. Lubrication. Proper lubrication is the key to the easy movement of garage doors, especially during rough weather; lubrication protects the moving parts from the elements. If the lubrication is inadequate or too excessive, it can cause misalignment, leading to potential garage door danger. Silicone-based lubricant is an ideal choice since temperature changes do not harden it immediately. Metal parts are subject to shrinking and contracting; in addition to being well lubricated, they also need to be free from rust accumulation.
3. The Rollers. Misalignment of the rollers is a common problem that can become dangerous, particularly during the winter, so they should be replaced or repaired.
According to Garaga