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How To Winter-Proof Your Garage

Winter seasons have been the most unfriendly times of the year and attract some extra expenses to keep off the winter snow and ice menace. Keeping the house warm or bringing in some of the patio components may not be hectic in any way, but dealing with garage door is a real hassle. You can’t simply pull it inside and warm it to make it easily open up the next morning to let your car out. Some people have even gone to the extent of taking to their jobs on foot after the garage doors mockingly refuse to rise up from the ground even after manually scrapping off the stinging snow from the point of contact. However, you can easily make the winters very friendly on your garage doors even when the temps are hitting on the lowest levels by using the tips outlined below.

Get an insulated garage door

An insulated garage door will always save you a great deal. The polystyrene insulated garage doors have been the most winter-friendly doors although you will have to dip your hands deeper into your pocket for the two layered steel or aluminum garage door that features a polystyrene insulation layer in between. Alternatively, you can opt for wooden or fiberglass garage doors which also confer considerable insulation though not as much as the polystyrene insulated types.
A good way to evaluate the insulation capacity of your garage door is to use its R value rating, commonly graded on a 1-10 scale. The closer you are to the R1 rating, the higher the chances of taking to the streets on foot after the ice clogged garage door holds your car hostage.

Heat your Garage

Even with a properly insulated garage door, you need to heat you garage throughout the winter season. You can use electric heaters or fueled stoves to keep your garage warm, which eventually prevents the ice from clogging onto the door rails, springs and hinges.

Spay rubber coating at the resting bed of your garage door

Sometimes the accumulated ice at the point of contact between the garage door and the floor may be very strong to let it go even after literally forcing it up by the door handles. Spraying a rubber coating at the point of contact reduces the bonding strength since the established coating bonds less with the ice as compared to the cemented floor.

Adjust the screws to create a smoother slide

Most garage doors will have some adjusting screws majorly used to give the door a desirable tilt and to vary the stress on the weather-stripping component. This feature becomes very useful during winters since the contracted door creates some tension on many components which can be easily eased by use of these adjustable screws. However, if the stress distorts the alignment of the springs, one should contact a professional operator to re-align the hinges accordingly.

 

Article inspired by Quicklift Garage Doors.

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