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Your Garage Door Springs: How They Work And How To Care For Them

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Your Garage Door Springs: How They Work And How To Care For Them

Most homeowners don’t realize how heavy their garage doors are until they have to lift them without any assistance. The average garage door can weigh anywhere from 100 pounds to 300 pounds or more depending on the materials used in its construction. Garage door springs essentially counterbalance that weight, making it much easier to open and close your garage door. The following goes into depth about how garage door springs work and how to properly care for them. Always Under Tension Metal springs are not only great at absorbing energy (as dampers and automotive coil springs demonstrate), but they’re also adept at storing energy. Twisting the coiled spring in one direction adds tension to the spring, effectively storing energy in the coil until the tension is eventually released. In the case of a torsion spring, tension is added to the spring by way of a pulley and cable system mounted at the end of the torsion spring tube. Closing the garage door also turns the pulley, which in turn winds the spring. The stored force exerted on the spring makes it easier to open the garage door. Extension springs, on the other hand, utilize the tension created by the garage door as it closes and stretches the spring outward. When the garage door opens, the return force exerted by the spring as it returns to its pre-load state effectively pulls the door open. The garage door spring is always under a sizable amount of tension — usually enough to violently snap and/or unwind the spring if it ever breaks. For this particular reason, extension springs usually have a safety cable run through the spring to keep it in one place if the spring ever breaks. Failed torsion springs are usually contained by their torsion spring tubes. However, fragments of the broken spring can fly away and severely injure anyone nearby. Common Causes of Garage Door Spring Failure The most common causes of garage door spring failure are usually old age and rust. An average set of garage door springs usually lasts for 10,000 cycles. That adds up to around 7 years if you open and close your garage door 4 times each day. Metal fatigue can set in after years of constant use, weakening the spring until it eventually fails catastrophically. Rust can also pose an issue for garage door springs. Surface rust can create unnecessary friction between the spring coils, accelerating the spring’s overall wear and tear. If left to its own devices, rust can penetrate further into the spring as it eats away the metal, structurally weakening the spring until it snaps. In many cases, you can tell if the garage door springs need to be looked at simply by testing the garage door’s balance and alignment. Excess chatter and other noises emanating from the springs may also indicate an upcoming issue that should be checked out as soon as possible. Caring for Your Garage Door Springs Preventive maintenance is a must if you want to get the most out of your garage door springs. Lubrication is the most important preventive maintenance measure you can undertake. Applying a light coat of white lithium grease or silicone-based spray lubricant not only helps reduce friction, but it also creates a protective layer that shields the metal spring against moisture...

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How To Make Your Garage A Safer Place

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Make Your Garage A Safer Place

If you’re like many homeowners, your garage is far more than a place to keep your car — it also serves as a hobby center, a document archive, a storage shed and general utility area. Unfortunately, it can also surround you and your loved ones with potentially damaging or hazardous elements. Here are some strategies you can employ to make your garage a safer part of your home. Vermin Control Mice, rats and other vermin won’t wait for an invitation to enter your garage and take up residence there — and these creatures can spread a variety of diseases to your loved ones, from hantavirus and Lyme disease to plague. Assuming that you don’t have any holes in your walls to facilitate their entry, your best opportunity to control the vermin population in your garage is sealing the garage door area as thoroughly as possible.You can achieve this by: Filling any foundation or driveway holes around the entrance with concrete Making sure the rubber threshold directly underneath the doors is present and fully intact Adding metal flashing around the edges of wooden doors so vermin can’t chew through them Sealing up any holes or gaps in the garage doors Chemical Management Whether you love tinkering on your car, repainting furniture or working on model airplanes in your garage, you may finding yourself working with toxic substances in the pursuit of your hobby — and in many cases, this introduces the danger of toxic fumes. Depending on the substance and the exposure level, these fumes can cause everything from eye and respiratory problems to dizziness, cancer and even death. Ventilation can help you preserve your health during these sessions. Open the garage door and if necessary blow a strong fan to keep fresh air circulating. Make sure you and other family members use goggles, gloves and other protective clothing as needed to prevent toxin exposure. Storing toxic chemicals properly is as important as using them with care. The slightest spill left on the floor could be fatal to your beloved pet; automotive antifreeze, for instance, tastes sweet to animals but can easily kill them. One easy way to prevent leakage and spills is to buy and store the smallest practical quantities of any such substances. Insulation The garage is directly exposed to the hottest and coldest weather your local climate can summon. This means you’re likely to experience some extremely uncomfortable hours in there unless you can find some ways to manage the temperature. This becomes a critical safety consideration if your outdoor pets need to take shelter in the garage during extreme weather without risking heat stroke or hypothermia. Insulation is key to blocking radiant heat transmission through garage doors. The most effective and elegant way to increase your garage insulation is by replacing that old single-layer steel door with a modern triple-layer garage door. This type of door is stuffed with insulation to reduce the transmission of both thermal energy and sound waves. If you can’t afford a garage door replacement and you’re too particular about looks, you can modify your existing doors cheaply and easily by adding fiberglass batts, foam board panels or rolls of reflective plastic insulation to the inside surfaces. Tool Storage If you were ever forced to watch one of those horrifying educational films about...

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Thinking About Buying A New Garage Door Opener? Check Out These Options

Posted by on Dec 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Thinking About Buying A New Garage Door Opener? Check Out These Options

Lifting and closing your own garage door every time you leave for work can get bothersome after a while. So it’s no wonder that so many homes use automatic garage door openers. But even the most reliable garage door opener has a finite lifespan, so you’ll eventually need to shop for a brand-new one. As you take a look at the latest garage door openers, it’s a good idea to know what you’re looking for. The following takes a look at the 4 most common types of garage door openers. Chain Drive: Simple and Durable Chain-driven garage door openers are the most popular choice for many homeowners. In fact, there’s a good chance that there’s one installed in your garage right now. As the name implies, chain-driven openers rely on a bicycle-like chain to move the garage door opener trolley back and forth, which in turn opens and closes the door. Pros: Chain-driven garage door openers are usually the most affordable option available. They’re also long-lasting thanks to their simple yet robust construction. Cons: Chain-driven openers can cause plenty of noise during operation, especially as they get older and as the chain wears down The chains themselves can stretch and move out of adjustment on a regular basis Chain-driven openers may also require more frequent lubrication than other openers Belt Drive: Quieter and Smoother Instead of using a chain to open and close the garage door, belt-driven openers rely on a durable rubber belt. The end result is a garage door opener that offers a couple of impressive advantages over their chain-driven counterparts. Pros: Belt-driven operation is often quieter than a similar chain-driven setup Belts eliminate slack in the drive system, resulting in smoother, vibration-free operation Cons: Belt-driven openers are more expensive to purchase than comparable chain-driven systems Rubber belts often require more frequent maintenance due to cracking, glazing, fraying and other wear-related issues Screw Drive: Compact and More Reliable Instead of using chains or belts, a screw-driven garage door opener relies on a rotating threaded steel rod. As the rod rotates, it also moves a carriage rack that’s connected to the garage door. Depending on the direction the rod turns, the carriage rack closes or opens the garage door. Pros: The compact design of a typical screw-driven garage door opener means more space for cramped garages Screw-driven openers also rely on fewer moving parts than other garage door openers, making for a more simplistic and robust design that needs less maintenance than other openers Screw drives retain more of their torque than other garage door opener designs, making them ideal for lifting larger, heavier doors Cons: Screw-driven openers may be quieter than chain-driven openers, but they’re noisier than belt-driven openers Screw-driven openers may also be slower to open and close garage doors than other types Jackshaft Drive: Ideal for High-Ceiling Garages Jackshaft-driven garage door openers stand out thanks to their unique configuration. Whereas a typical garage door opener features a trolley bar that connects the opener and the garage door, a jackshaft-driven garage door opener connects directly to each end of the torsion spring shaft. Pros: Jackshaft-driven garage door openers are ideal for garages with sloped and cathedral ceilings, as well as ceilings that are too tall to properly mount a central carriage Most jackshaft-driven openers are quieter...

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4 Ways To Totally Revamp Your Garage Door This Year

Posted by on Dec 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Ways To Totally Revamp Your Garage Door This Year

Your garage door is something that you use every day, and it’s a part of your home that everyone can see. Naturally, you want your garage door to look great and function perfectly. If your garage door needs a little work and isn’t operating as smoothly or looking as good as it used to, here are a few ways you can completely revamp your garage door this year. 1. Put on New Garage Door Springs Your garage door’s torsion springs are a critical element to your garage door working properly. When these springs get old, rusted, or break, your garage door may not open or it may not open smoothly. However, replacing garage door springs yourself can be dangerous, since there are thousands of pounds of pressure on these springs. It is highly recommended that you consult with a garage door repair specialist in order to have new springs put on. Once your springs have been replaced, you’ll notice that your garage door functions much more smoothly. 2. Replace Your Garage Door Opener Another important component in the operation of your garage door is its opener. When your opener does not work properly, your garage door may not open at all or may get stuck halfway up or halfway down. This can happen at the least opportune times, such as when you’re trying to get to work on time. Check your opener regularly, and if it needs to be replaced, either replace the opener on your own (it’s not as dangerous as working with torsion springs) or consult a garage door repair professional. With a new opener, you can be confident that you’ll be able to get in and out of your garage door with ease throughout the entire year. 3. Put In New Garage Door Insulation Insulation is key to ensuring that your garage stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Without insulation, you pay for air conditioning or heating to leak out right through the cracks in your garage door. Cutting insulation to fit each of the panels on your garage door is simple work, and there usually isn’t an issue with your garage door fitting through the opening system when insulation has been applied properly. Not only will your garage be more comfortable when you insulate the door, you’ll save a lot more money as well! 4. Repaint Your Garage Door Once everything is working properly with your garage door, it’s time to address any cosmetic issues the door may have. Over time, a garage door will begin to look weathered as a result of coming into contact with rain, wind, snow, ice, hail, and other adverse weather. A simple paint job can transform your garage door from boring and older looking to appealing and brand new. Use a brown gel paint to get a wood look, or go for a classic white. If your garage door doesn’t have windows, you can paint a few of the panels at the top black to give the illusion of real windows, and adding a couple of wrought iron carriage door handles is a great way to get your garage door looking uber posh on a dime. Just like any other area of your house, your garage door requires yearly maintenance to ensure that it continues...

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Garage Door Damage: Can You Claim On Your Insurance?

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Garage Door Damage: Can You Claim On Your Insurance?

It’s easy to damage your garage doors with your car, especially if you’re in a hurry. According to the scale of the impact, research suggests that you could face a bill anywhere between $75 and $538, so if the bill ends up at the higher end of the scale, you may start to think about claiming on your insurance. If you’ve just damaged your garage door, learn more about the coverage offered by different types of insurance, and find out if it’s worth filing a claim. Liability Insurance Liability insurance protects you when you cause an accident that results in an injury or damage to somebody’s property. Even a relatively minor collision can lead to a significant repair bill, so many states insist that drivers have liability insurance with minimum coverage limits. For example, liability insurance in Texas must offer coverage worth at least $25,000.  Crucially, liability insurance can’t help you when you collide with your own garage door because the coverage only applies when you damage somebody else’s property. Of course, if you hit a friend or family member’s garage door, you could then consider a claim on your liability insurance. Collision Insurance Most states don’t insist that you have collision insurance, but it’s a good idea to buy this coverage because it can pay for the cost of damage to your own property. Nonetheless, collision insurance only covers the cost of damage to your car. This coverage won’t pay for repairs to a damaged garage door, even though the cost is often lower than the bill for repairs to your car. With this insurance, it doesn’t matter whose garage door you hit – the policy only covers your car. Homeowners’ Insurance Normally, the only coverage that may cover the cost of garage door repairs is your homeowners’ insurance, but the insurer will only cover the damage in certain circumstances. The insurer will only pay if you or somebody who lives with you damages the door. If a friend or neighbor collides with the door, your homeowners’ insurance won’t pay out. Instead, you’ll need to claim on the other person’s auto insurance. Your insurance may only cover damage to certain types of garage doors. For example, your insurer may not automatically cover a detached garage under your normal homeowners’ policy. Obviously, the insurance company will also deny claims if they believe you caused the damage intentionally, and in some cases, the insurer will send out a loss adjuster to investigate the damage. According to his or her findings, the insurer may deny your claim. Deciding whether to claim A claim on your homeowners’ insurance is not always a good idea. First, the size of the repair bill will often dictate when a claim is worthwhile. Many homeowners’ policies include a deductible (or excess), which is the amount you must pay before the insurance company settles the bill. As such, if you have a $1,000 deductible and the repair bill is $200, there’s little point filing a claim. Deductibles help insurers keep the cost of premiums down by discouraging smaller claims, so you need to think carefully before you act. Secondly, insurance companies consider your claiming history when calculating your renewal premium each year. If you haven’t claimed, your insurance probably won’t increase by more than a small percentage, but...

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4 Reasons to Repair or Replace Your Garage Door Before Christmas

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Reasons to Repair or Replace Your Garage Door Before Christmas

An outdated garage door in need of repair or replacement can cause a number of problems. Your electric-powered door might freeze in place and need to be pulled open or shut by hand, or you may notice squeaking, creaking, or grinding sounds coming from the door or its motor. When your garage door fails to close completely, cold air may drift in through the cracks, resulting in a higher-than-usual electric bill for your family. However, with the hectic holiday season rapidly approaching, you may be hesitant to schedule garage door maintenance for any of these issues. Here are four excellent reasons to go ahead and contact a garage door specialist before Christmas arrives.  You Want to Sneak in Presents Sometimes Santa needs a little help from you or your significant other. After a late night of shopping, it can be difficult to sneak the presents inside if your garage door rumbles and creaks loudly whenever you open it. A garage door specialist can examine your door to determine the cause of its loud noises, then recommend a solution that fits your budget. The repair may be as simple as replacing a small part or adding some lubrication to the door’s rollers, or you may need a completely new door. Generally, though, you can expect the specialist to make a quick, basic repair.  Weather is Cold During the Holiday Season If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, you might reconsider your wishes after you discover how cold your home gets when you have issues with your garage door. A garage door that fails to close properly provides a perfect place for cold air to gather. It may also attract insects and other critters who want to escape the cold weather. Even if your door closes all the way, there may be other issues that cause heat to escape from your home. If your garage’s perimeter is in need of weatherstripping, cold air can easily enter your garage. A contractor who specializes in garage door maintenance can insulate and seal your garage door, so you can enjoy the beauty of winter weather without experiencing the chill.  You Plan to Host Family Gatherings Do you have enough room for your loved ones to park their vehicles when they stop buy to sing Christmas carols or feast on a holiday dinner? If a broken garage door is currently keeping you and members of your household from parking your own vehicles in the garage, your guests may be forced to find a spot in the yard or on the street. This could be dangerous for elderly visitors.  If your elderly guests have to walk through piles of snow or travel across patches of ice to reach your front door, it could put them at risk of slipping and falling. If you repair your garage door before the holiday season, you can let senior citizens park in the driveway and enter the home through your garage to minimize the amount of time they spend walking on potentially dangerous surfaces outside. You Might Be More Tired Than Usual As the holidays approach, you may find that you feel more tired than you do during the rest of the year. This can occur if you have seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD. You may also feel...

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Having Problems With a Frozen Garage Door? Here’s How to Fix 3 Major Issues

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Having Problems With a Frozen Garage Door? Here’s How to Fix 3 Major Issues

You might often expect your garage door to operate flawlessly year-round. However, plunging temperatures and the ice buildup that often comes with it can make it surprisingly difficult to open and close your garage door. If you want to avoid these problems this winter, then you’ll want to take a look at more information for preventing a frozen garage door. Dealing with Ice Formation Cold weather combined with moisture often equals ice formation on a variety of surfaces, especially those that happen to be cold and metallic. So it’s no wonder that your garage door can get stuck thanks to ice buildup. In most cases, nature’s icy grip can be broken with just a push of your garage door opener button or with a little old-fashioned elbow grease. If the door refuses to budge, however, you’ll need to liberate it with the help of a heat gun or hair dryer. Carefully aim the heat gun at the frozen air until the ice thaws. Be careful not to overheat the door surface, as this could leave behind burn marks. If you don’t want to use a heat gun, you can use a small bottle of de-icing solution. Spray the solution on the frozen area and wait until the ice thaws. Don’t forget to clear any leftover water or ice that happens to fall on to the garage floor. Leaving any water or ice behind could create a slip-and-fall hazard for yourself and others. Dealing with Hardened Lubricant It’s not just ice formation that can give your garage door a hard time. Cold temperatures can also cause old lubricant to harden, making it more likely for your garage door to jam up due to a lack of proper lubrication. It can also leave your garage door’s moving parts exposed to rust and corrosion. To tackle this issue, you’ll need to remove the old, hardened lubricant. Use paint thinner and a few old rags to dissolve and wipe off the old lubricant. Use an old toothbrush to scrub old lubricant out of hard-to-reach areas. Wipe away any leftover grease with a clean cloth. Next, replace your old lubricant with one that’s capable of surviving cold temperatures relatively intact. Silicone-based spray lubricants are ideal for this task, thanks to its water resistance and durability under low-temperature situations. Make sure to lubricate all of your garage door’s metal moving parts, including hinges, metal rollers and tracks. Overall, you should lubricate your garage door’s moving components at least twice a year to prevent corrosion and other problems Dealing With a Broken Seal Moisture can collect on the weatherstripping seal along the bottom of your garage door and freeze, leaving the door stuck to the ground until the ice thaws. You could try to chip away at the ice with a flat shovel or ice scraper, but you’ll risk damaging the seal, which may have become fragile due to age and cold weather. Using a heat gun might melt the seal. Your best bet is to use de-icing solution to slowly melt away ice buildup along the bottom of the door. To prevent the seal from getting stuck again, you can sprinkle a small amount of table salt along the area where the garage door meets the ground. Keep in mind you’ll need to apply the...

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3 Tips For Painting A Steel Garage Door

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Painting A Steel Garage Door

A garage door can last for a long time. The average garage door has about a 20 year lifespan, though you may need to replace a spring or repair your automatic garage door opener during that time. However, your door will begin to deteriorate aesthetically long before it reaches the end of its useful life. With constant exposure to the elements, the paint will begin to fade, crack, or even peel off. Of course, this isn’t a good reason to replace a perfectly useful door, but you will have to find a way to spruce it up if you want to keep your curb appeal. Luckily, you can paint your steel door yourself, if you want to. Take a look at some tips that can help you get through the process. Plan Like any exterior painting job, you need to make plans for painting the garage door ahead of time. Don’t do it on the spur of the moment because you just noticed that the paint was peeling. The wrong weather can affect the quality of your paint job. You don’t want to start painting and have your hard work ruined by rain a few hours after you start – check the weather reports first. It’s best to paint in the fall or the spring if possible, when the temperatures are neither too hot nor too cold. Extreme heat or cold could affect the paint and prevent your door from looking its best.  Plan to paint in the morning so that you’ll be able to finish and clean up while it’s still light out. Prep Before you begin to paint the door, you’ll have to prepare it for the paint. That means scraping off any peeling paint and sanding away any rough spots. If you find dents or holes, you’ll want to fill them in – the new paint will highlight them otherwise, and they’ll be much more obvious that they were before. You should also check carefully for rust. Once you’ve scraped, sanded, and filled, you’ll need to tape off the door to prevent getting any paint where it doesn’t belong. Apply painter’s tape to the seals around your garage door and to the trim to protect these areas against any out-of-control strokes with the paintbrush. Before you begin, you’ll also want to put a drop cloth underneath the garage door – you definitely don’t want to try to clean spilled paint off of your driveway. Make sure that you opt for cloth and not a plastic drop cloth – if you do spill paint, the plastic will become slippery and unsafe. You need an absorbent material instead. Paint Because you’re working with a steel door, you’ll need to start with primer. When purchasing primer, make sure that the packaging indicates that it’s for outdoor use. Start with a brush to capture the sunken surfaces on the garage door, then use a roller for the flat and wide panels. Make sure that you give the primer time to dry thoroughly. If you’re having trouble choosing a paint color, a good rule of thumb is to paint the garage door in the same shade as the house. This does two things – it keeps the garage door from standing out too much, and it can make your home appear...

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Four Things To Consider When Choosing Your Garage Door Material

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Things To Consider When Choosing Your Garage Door Material

When it’s time to replace your garage doors, there are many factors to consider. Possibly the most important one, however, is the door’s material. Garage doors are made from steel, wood, fiberglass, aluminum or a combination of materials. The best type for your home will depend on your answers to the following four questions. Are There Kids Around? For many people, children are a joy. There’s no denying, however, kids can cause quite a bit of damage to a home. The garage door in particular may be subjected to hits from baseballs, basketballs, skateboards, vehicles, and other assorted paraphernalia. If you don’t want your garage door looking like the crater-filled surface of the moon after a year or two, then you’ll want to choose a material that can stand up to this type of abuse. The best choice here would be either wood or a wood composite. Metals such as steel and aluminum are vulnerable to denting. If you have your heart set on a steel door, get one with the lowest gauge available. The thicker the steel, the more resistance it’ll have to errant fly balls. What is the Garage Used For? If you’re going to be using the garage for anything other than storing vehicles, tools or excess household items, then you’ll want to consider which material offers the best insulation. You’ll also want to consider this issue if the wall connecting the garage to the home is not well insulated, as heat and air conditioning is likely escaping out of the home and through the garage. Wood is the best at preventing external temperatures from creeping into the home. However, insulated steel is the best at conserving energy and preventing it from oozing out of the home. Do You Live Near Salt Water? If you live within one mile of the ocean or other body of salt water, then you’ll want to take special care when choosing your garage door. Although living near the ocean can be a beautiful and calming experience, the salt in the water creates a corrosive environment that destroys garage doors. Steel and wood doors are particularly susceptible to damage from salt water. Wood in particularly may fall prey to rot and mold due to the higher than normal levels of humidity in the air. On the other hand, garage doors made from fiberglass are very resistant to the corrosive nature of salt water. Aluminum is not 100 percent resistant, but the decay rate is very slow as long as the aluminum is not in contact with any other type of metal. If an aluminum garage door is made with other metals and placed in a saltwater environment, it will degrade much faster. Are You Selling Soon? A garage door can have a major impact on the curb appeal of your home, representing up to 30 percent of its appearance. Homebuyers are often deluged with choices and will make split decisions on sometimes arbitrary factors just to narrow the field. If your garage door makes your home look old and worn out, potential buyers may turn up their noses. By far, wood is the most visually appealing material, especially when it is stained in a natural color. It often adds warmth and elegance to a home that may entice traditionalists to come...

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4 Ways Winter Weather Can Affect Your Garage Door

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Ways Winter Weather Can Affect Your Garage Door

There’s a good chance that your garage door has performed flawlessly over this past summer. As you prepare your home for the winter weather ahead, however, you should also consider how the season’s colder temperatures will affect how your garage door operates. Here are a few ways your garage door reacts to cold temperatures, as well as ways you can mitigate those effects. Shrinking Metal Components During exceptionally cold temperatures, you might start having trouble opening and closing your garage door. This is usually due to the metal tracks, hinges and other components shrinking due to the cold weather. Metal, along with a host of other materials, is subject to thermal contraction and expansion as the metal loses and gains heat energy – the colder it gets outside, the more metal contracts. Unfortunately, these contractions can cause the various metal components to lose their alignment and jam up when opening or closing the door. To get your garage door moving again, you’ll need to lubricate the springs, hinges, tracks and other metal components. Silicone-based lubricants are preferable when lubricating these moving parts, since heavier lubricants like axle grease can harden in cold weather, as explained in the next section. Hardened Lubricant While attempting to lubricate your garage door’s moving parts, you may encounter old grease that’s been hardened due to cold temperatures. This can also cause your garage door to jam up and, if left unchecked, allow rust and corrosion to form on vulnerable areas that would normally be covered in lubricant. Fortunately, dealing with hardened lubricant is a relatively simple task you can undertake on your own: Start by removing the old grease with paint thinner or another similar solvent capable of breaking down and dissolving grease. Use an old toothbrush to work the solvent into various nooks and crannies. Use a clean cloth to wipe away any leftover grease and solvent. Make sure all of the surfaces are completely clean before applying your new lubricant. Apply your silicone-based lubricant on all of the metal components that were recently cleaned. It’s actually recommended that you lubricate your garage door at least every six months, to ensure that it performs well year-round. Cracked Weatherstripping Cold temperatures also come with relatively dry winter air. It’s a combination that can easily cause rubber to become dry and brittle, especially if it’s several years old. It’s not out of the ordinary for rubber seals and weatherstripping to turn brittle and disintegrate under winter weather conditions. Without anything to help block drafts from coming through, your garage area becomes even more vulnerable to the cold. Check your weatherstripping for cracks, tearing and breakage on a regular basis and replace it as needed. It’s usually not recommended to attempt to restore moisture to rubber weatherstripping by lubricating it, as certain lubricants can break down and eventually destroy the rubber material. Be wary of ice and snow buildup on the weatherstripping, as this can cause the garage door itself to stick shut. Sluggish Garage Door Opener Extreme cold can cause the garage door opener’s electric motor to run sluggishly and perhaps even stop working at all. Keep in mind that some units aren’t designed to deal with temperatures that regularly dip below freezing, which could be a problem if you live in northern climates where...

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