As the winter season approaches, people are getting ready for the cold weather and preparing their homes for low temperatures. It’s important to keep your garage door on your list for items around the house to winterize. Preparing your door for winter before the cold hits can save you time and money by preventing the need for repairs later.

Learn more about how you can get your garage door winter ready.

1. Make sure it’s sealed properly.

A properly sealed garage will keep water from entering your garage that collects from rain or melted snow. If your garage door isn’t sealed properly, the heat that you’re paying for is going right through the cracks. Go inside your garage, close the door and turn the lights off. When you look around the frame of the door, you shouldn’t see any light from outside or gaps. If you do, it’s a sign that your garage needs new weather stripping.

2. Consider the door with the most insulation.

Insulation keeps extreme weather out and also ensures that your garage door is protected. It prevents cold air from getting in as well as protects your home from water damage from rain, snow and sleet. When you first purchase a garage door, it’s important to choose one with plenty of insulation since you’re expecting cold winters. However, if you didn’t, you can consider purchasing a new garage door.

3. Consider purchasing a new garage door.

If your garage door is very old, worn and damaged, it’s a good idea to have a new one installed before the winter. The weather could cause the garage door to become even more worn, so replacing it beforehand would save you the headache of doing so in the winter.

4. Call your garage door company to winterize your door.

Your garage door repair company will perform preventative measures to keep your garage door operating smoothly. They’ll check the hardware on your door to make sure everything is in good working condition and that it will last through the winter months. Trusting a professional to winterize your garage door is a great way to keep it ready for the low temperatures and precipitation ahead.

5. Clean and make space for winter products such as snow blowers.

Most people store the winter items that they need in their garage. Make sure that your snow shovels, snow blowers, rock salt, and anything else you need are accessible. Consider moving all summer items to a shed, or at a less accessible place in the garage. This will make it easy for you when you need to get them out.

Take these tips into consideration and your garage door will be running smoothly throughout the winter.

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