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Preparing Your Overhead Garage Doors for Winter

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Winter is officially here—are your overhead garaged doors ready for the chilly, winter months? If you’re not sure, Authority Dock & Door is here to help!

It’s more important during harsh winter weather than ever before to ensure your sectional and coiling garage doors are functioning the way they should be. Before the temperatures drop too far, it’s time to consider what you need to do to prepare your garage door. After all, you don’t want to deal with devastating problems halfway through the season.

There are five simple steps you can take to guarantee your overhead garage doors are ready to face the winter weather.

1. Clear Debris Out of the Track of Your Overhead Garage Doors

This might not be the most glamorous garage door preparation task, but it is vital to proper operation. Put on some gloves and clear any bugs, dirt, or debris from the garage track. This will ensure the door can close properly to create a better weather-proof seal.

2. Examine the Weather Stripping

While a small crack, hole, or gap in your weather stripping might not seem like a significant problem, it is. Even the most innocent looking damage can prevent the weather stripping from doing what it’s supposed to do.

If you feel like your weather stripping needs to be replaced, it’s crucial to remove all of the remaining stripping, along with any adhesive left behind. For the best results, you might want to hire a professional repair team, like Authority Dock & Door.

3. Oil All Moving Parts on Your Garage Door

When the moving parts on your overhead garage doors (i.e., springs, tracks, rollers, etc.) aren’t oiled properly, they can bring the whole system to a halt.

With cold winter weather comes the risk of drying and freezing. If your commercial garage’s operating mechanisms are already drier than they should be, this can mean a major problem is coming. Take some quality garage door oil and ensure each part is lubricated properly.

4. Check the Sensors Around Your Garage

As snow falls, it can build up around your garage doors. When this occurs, your sensors get blocked, and your garage door can’t perform properly. Not only is this a problem for productivity, but it can also become a safety concern for many businesses.

5. Perform General Maintenance

One of the best things you can do for your garage door before winter is to perform an overall preventative maintenance check of all parts. Look for any loose, bent, or otherwise damaged parts that could become a bigger problem during the cold weather.

Keep Your Overhead Garage Doors Running the Way They Should Be

Are you concerned that you’ve missed a potential problem during an inspection of your garage door? Then it’s time to get in touch with product experts, like the team at Authority Dock & Door.

We’re here to help you evaluate the condition of your overhead garage doors to make sure they’re operating safely, efficiently, and without problems that could become worse when the temperatures begin to drop.

If you want to keep operations running the way they should be, preparing your commercial garage door should be a top priority.