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The Importance of Maintaining Your Garage Door in Winter

Here in Calgary, winter can be a challenging time of year. We all know that we have to take extreme measures to adapt to the freezing cold. However, for many of us, maintaining our garage door isn’t a priority. To keep your garage door in top condition and prevent any unwanted disasters—like it falling on your car—garage maintenance is a must.


Top Three Garage Door Problems

If you experience one of the following common issues with your garage door, you should take steps to maintain it and help it survive the harsh winter:


1. Trouble opening and closing your door
Garage doors can become difficult to open and close for a variety of reasons. However, if you’re faced with this issue during winter, the extreme cold is probably to blame. This is because the metal components in your garage door contract when temperatures drop, which affects opening and closing mechanism. Try applying a silicone-based lubricant to the affected areas or adjusting the closing and opening force. If this doesn’t work, seek advice from an expert.


2. A stiff and squeaky door
Lubricant helps garage doors open and close smoothly. If you feel a lot of friction when opening your door, the lubricant may have thickened due to the cold. The solution? Remove the lubricant with a solvent and replace it with a rust-inhibiting spray lubricant that is designed to withstand freezing temperatures.


3. A damaged seal
The seal on your garage door prevents the cold from getting in—without it, your heating bill will rise considerably. When water freezes at the bottom of the door, the seal can peel off. To prevent this from happening, clear away any snow that accumulates at the base of your garage door. This will protect the seal and prevent your door from freezing shut. If the seal on your door has reached the end of its life, ask a specialist to replace it.


Maintaining your garage door will help prevent any accidents and long-term damage from occurring.


Calgary’s Garage Door Repair Specialists
If you’ve been maintaining your garage door and it’s still causing you hassle, or if you’re not the DIY type, our repair experts at Calgary Overhead Doors can help. Alternatively, if your garage door is due for a change, our Calgary team offers a replacement service and we’ll install your door for you. Please contact us for more information.

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