Prepare For The Winter Months: Fall Garage Door Maintenance Tips

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After the warm, sunny months have said their goodbyes, it’s time to start thinking about winterizing your property. Having a well-maintained garage door is essential because it’s one of the most substantial moving parts in your entire warehouse or home. With the proper maintenance, your overhead door will run smoothly for years to come.

Fall and winter conditions take a significant toll on your garage doors, but Authority Dock & Door knows how to protect them. There are quite a few tips and tricks that can be applied to prepare your overhead doors for this harsh time of year.

Essential Tips For Garage Door Maintenance

One of the first things you need to do when preparing your overhead garage doors for fall and winter is to look and listen. Stand in your garage or building (or outside of it) and open and close the door a few times. Listen for any creaks or groans that sound askew. You’ll want to watch for any jerky places and if the cables and pulleys look symmetrical or not.

Should you notice any problems, immediately tighten up the hardware. Any loose equipment will only become looser during the colder months.

Now is the time to ensure your overhead garage door is balanced correctly. When an overhead door is off-kilter, the motor of the opener will have to work harder and will eventually burn out before its time.

Make sure to inspect all rollers and replace them if needed. Worn and tattered rollers are a hazard and need replacing before winter strikes. Should you have worn-out weather stripping, this should also be changed.

Keeping your garage door parts well-lubricated is also part of a wise winterization maintenance plan. All you need to do is apply a spray lubricant to all moving parts and overhead springs. While you are doing this, you can eyeball the high-tension cables that lift your overhead door to make sure they are intact. However, never try to manipulate them yourself as this can be dangerous. If you happen to notice a problem, call our team of professionals for help, right away.

Make sure all safety features on your garage door are working up to code and that all tracks are free and clear of debris.

Lastly, take a good look at the door itself and repair any chipped or peeling paint. If needed, sand away any rust spots. You can also wash the door with a mild soap.

Choose Authority Dock & Door For Professional Garage Door Maintenance

We’ve provided some great tips on weatherizing your overhead garage door, but keep in mind that we offer a professional maintenance program. Our staff will gladly assist you in getting your overhead doors ready for the winter season. We offer FREE ESTIMATES on all repairs and replacements. Contact us today to learn more about our preventative maintenance programs and how they can benefit you and your business.

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