You might be surprised to learn how Las Vegas winters can and do affect the operation of your garage door. Here in Las Vegas we have thus far had a pretty wet and cold winter and that will affect your garage door components. Often screws, springs, and other metal parts will contract which cause your garage door to improperly function. That is why it is important to perform some winter maintenance and weather proofing strategies to prevent your garage door from operating improperly and prevent any unnecessary repairs. Quality Garage Door Repair will share a few ways you can help keep your garage door operating correctly the rest of this winter season.
Garage Door Inspection
First, it is wise to have your garage door inspected each fall before the winter season hits. However it is never too late if your garage door is behaving oddly. During the inspection we will note any failing parts or areas that might need tightening or lubing for proper function, especially in the upcoming seasons. The cold makes metal stiff and difficult to move and that is why it’s always a good idea to make sure everything is in good condition. That way it is easier to know whether the door is just cold or if a failing component needs repair.
Correct Garage Door Lubrication for Cold Weather
As many people know, Las Vegas is a valley. For those living on the higher slopes of Las Vegas, you stand the greatest chance of snow or colder temperatures that can freeze dew and seal your door shut. To protect your garage door from the cold or moisture that can rust and weaken your garage door, use a silicone based lubricant on the steel moving parts of the garage door. This may include the racks, rolls, spring and chain of the garage door system. When picking out a lubricant, it is important to get one that is a silicone base. Other lubricants can cause corrosion and too much dust will build up on these components.
Garage Door Insulation
You can also insulate the garage door with foam board that can be easily installed, to help keep the inside of the garage door warm. A warmer garage means less contraction of your garage door components. They are relatively inexpensive and can be found at any hardware store.
Garage Door Opener Troubleshooting
Another issue homeowners run into is that their remote garage door openers malfunction. There are times when the weather can disrupt the frequencies that the garage door remote uses to signal to open or close the garage door. Unfortunately, there is not much that can be done about this problem. However, it is good to know so you don’t run out to replace batteries or think there is a major problem with your garage door. Wait for the next day, or a clearer day, before you jump to conclusions.
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Quality Garage Door Repair can help keep your garage door operating correctly all year long. We hope we have enlightened folks on how the change in weather does have its effects. If your garage door seems to be having operating issues and these few weathering preparations didn’t improve it’s functions, contact Quality Garage Door Repair today and we will inspect and if needed, repair your garage door.