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How Winter Weather Can Affect Your Garage Door

If you're like most people, then you probably don't realize that weather, especially cold weather, can have an effect on your garage door. While garage doors can experience problems any time of the year and require repair, wintertime is the most common time for garage doors to act up. Read on to learn about some of the most common cold-weather garage door problems and what you can do about them.

Lubricant Issues

Hopefully you use lubricants on your garage door to enable it to open and close smoothly and soundlessly. In the winter time, however, it can get tricky to know how much lubricant to use. Too much lubricant combined with too much moisture from melting snow and ice can lead to a leaky, messy garage door that starts to rust. Plus, if you're using an oil-based lubricant, you can end up with icky puddles of separated water and lube.

Your best bet is to use a little less lubricant than usual once it starts getting colder and even less as moisture starts to build up. Also, try to wipe excess moisture off your garage door and its hinges from time to time to discourage rusting.

Troubled Tracks

Garage doors have to run up and down tracks in order to open and close as they should. Unfortunately, if you live in an area that tends to get very cold in the winter months, it's not uncommon for the tracks to become warped, rusted, or otherwise damaged under the pressure caused by snow, ice, and extreme temperatures.

If your garage door stops fully or partially opening or makes a horrible, squealing sound when it does open, your tracks could be damaged. Unfortunately, the only way to tell for sure, and to fix the problem is to have a professional take a look.

Handle with Care

The most important thing to keep in mind is that in the wintertime your garage door is being put under a lot more strain than usual. Its metal is contracting due to the cold. Its lubricant is going from frozen to liquid and back again rapidly, and it's just generally trying to stand up against a lot of outside factors.

Prepare your garage door for the winter by replacing any broken or worn down parts and then keep an extra watchful eye on it throughout the colder months. Also, be gentle on your garage door during these cold months; if you are, and if you call in a professional at the first sign of trouble, your garage door just might make it through the winter without too many problems. For more information, talk to a company like Action Garage Door.