Winter time! It comes with difficulties since for every step you make, you have to put twice as much as energy as you would in the summer. That’s true for your garage door too. It is not fond of the cold weather. It makes it contract, squeaky noisy, and hard to move. And there are perfectly good explanations why wood or steel garage doors will react in a bad way to the cold weather!
Wood garage doors are susceptible to cold
If we are talking about the material of the door, don’t forget that wood garage doors are not humidity resistant. If they are not properly coated, they will warp especially at the edges and the door might not close well. Similar problems occur with the jambs and frames, which might also be affected by moisture and thus swell causing trouble to the operation of the door.
Steel garage door parts corrode
Steel is not resistant to humidity. Moisture caused by precipitation and by temperature differences indoors and outdoors will speed up the corrosion of the steel parts. You are probably wondering whether stainless steel parts will be affected in the same manner. They don’t unless they are scratched. In this case, raw steel is exposed and rust will follow. How can steel be scratched? It usually happens when parts rub one against the other. And through friction come scratches. And that brings us to another major subject regarding garage door operation during the winter: regularly maintenance lubrication.
The effects of lubrication
When you lubricate parts regularly, their material is intact. And so they can resist the cold weather better. One of the major problems in the winter is that steel parts contract. At the same time, lubricants become stiff as the temperatures get lower. The consequences?
· The door won’t move with ease.
· Garage door springs might break.
· Tracks might bend much easier.
Lubricating well is important but don’t overdo it because the garage door rollers might come off the tracks. It’s also essential to use quality lubes and clean well the tracks before greasing them. With strong winds and debris flying around, garage door tracks can get really dirty. And the blend of lubes and dirt will only block the good movement of the door.
Operational & safety problems
Problems get worse when it snows. The door might not open. This can happen if the ground gets icy and freezes shut the door. You will press the clicker to open but it won’t move. This is inevitable when the temps drop and the only solution is to melt the ice around the door.
One of the most serious issues has to do with your safety. The opener sensors might fog due to condensation causing the door to reverse with no reason or failing to protect you when they should.
The importance of weatherstripping
The last thing you want is to freeze in your own garage. Gaps between the door and jamb are not created only when the wood door warps but also when the weather seals are damaged. So do check and replace them in time. And pay more attention to the condition of the bottom seal. It wears faster due to its contact with the floor and any gap under the door will allow water to enter your property and will attract thieves. Why intrigue them?
What you need is good garage door maintenance before it gets really cold to avoid problems which will bring more problems which will bring more problems.