There's No Way Around It: Winter is Here
Now that we’ve had our first snowfall, we’re all coming to realize that summer has officially come and gone. Whether we like it or not, winter is here to stay. Most of us prepare for the season by going for a flu shot, getting our tires changed and cleaning our furnaces (which are all pretty important!), but we often overlook the preparation for something that we use every single day: our garages.
The Garage Door Treatment
For as long as garage doors can remember, they’ve become broken, frozen, dirty and squeaky as a result of homeowner neglect during the cold winter months. It’s time we prepare and protect them for the cold, just as they do for our cars and tools. Check out these four easy steps to winterize your garage:
First things first: let’s get that garage tidied up.
Summer activities have probably left your garage messy with scooters, sprinklers, floaties and more. Put your new vertical storage to use and swap out all of that summer stuff to make room for your much-needed winter supplies, such as shovels, snowblowers and rock salt. Trust us, you’ll be thankful when it snows 10 inches overnight and emergency shovelling and salting are needed.
The next step is to check your garage door’s weatherstripping.
Weatherstripping is essential for keeping in the heat and keeping out the cold. If the weatherstripping is damaged or missing, you’re destined to have a chilly garage this season (and probably a lot of heat-seeking critters, too). Changing this regularly is always a good idea - whether it’s winter or not.
Lubricate your garage door!
Hearing squeaks and screams coming from your garage door as it opens and closes? This is a sure sign that it’s in need of some serious lubrication. This includes everything - the hinges, springs, rollers, tracks, and even the lock. Doing this year-round is important, but it is especially paramount when the cold is fast approaching. Hire a professional service to do this (like us), or do it yourself with our handy How To Lubricate Your Overhead Door Like A Pro blog.
If you’ve got an older garage door, do yourself a favour and insulate it.
Newer doors come with insulation of their own, but it isn’t a huge feat to do it yourself. Simply visit any big box store (Rona, Home Depot etc.) and grab an insulating kit that is designed specifically for your garage door, or come visit us and we’ll get it done for you. From there, all you have to do is attach these onto the inside of your garage door! Instantly, you have a warmer garage that both you and your vehicle will appreciate.
Abe's is Here to Help
Most of these winterizing steps can be done in a DIY fashion, but our team at Abe’s is always here to help. We’re moving back into servicing residential garage doors this season, so be sure to contact us if your garage door needs a tune up this winter!