5 Tips for Maintaining Your Garage Door Through Toronto’s Worst Weather
Living in Canada has many advantages, such as our healthcare system, our high standard of education, and our national level of happiness. However, it’s not all rainbows and happiness in our country. Residents of the Greater Toronto Area can report falling victim to some seriously zany weather. The winter season lasts for months and can be downright brutal. October through to March can have howling winds, freeze frosts, huge drifts of heavy snow, and icy rains. Don’t be fooled into thinking that summer is better; in fact, it has its own serious issues. Due to being off the Great Lakes, Toronto gets high levels of humidity, as well as heavy summer rains. The 2013 Toronto floods took everyone by surprise – one minute, the sky was peaceful, the next the subways were shut down, people were stranded downtown for hours, and the city suffered major power outages. While you’re dealing with Toronto’s worst weather, your concerns are likely immediate – you want to get home, put some dry socks on, maybe have a hot bath, then cuddle up in a warm blanket (or crank the air conditioning, depending on the time of year). You might forget some other issues, however. What will Toronto’s outrageous weather do to your garage doors? Left unchecked, you could have to pay big bucks to repair or replace doors that have been ravaged by extreme weather. The longer you leave the issue alone, the worse it can get. A damaged door is more than just a safety liability and a huge money sink – it’s a gigantic eyesore right on the front of your house. Here are five tips to protect your wallet and your house’s value by shielding your doors from crazy weather.
Winter Weather Can Wreck the Internal Systems of Your Garage Doors
Winter’s heavy snow and howling winds may seem to be buffered by your strong garage door at first, but the damage is more likely to occur beneath the surface. When you’re in the middle of the winter season, follow these tips to reverse the damage.
Prevention is Best: Keep an Eye (and an Ear) on Your Garage Door
You’ve just gotten home after a long commute and you’re exhausted. You put your car in the garage and head inside. Take a few seconds during this process to save yourself a lot of stress down the line. Watch how your garage door opens and closes, and listen for any creaking and squeaking. If your garage doors are straining or moving sluggishly, or if opening it is accompanied by a symphony of unpleasant noise, you can take action now before things get worse. You can lubricate the hinges and joints of your garage to take care of small scale problems.
Take a Look at the Electrical Fittings and Tech in Your Garage Door
Your garage door is comprised of more than just metal and gears. Garage doors are made up of many different parts that work together in harmony. There is both a complex, parallel, mechanical system of gears, brackets, and pulleys and electrical technology to assist with the heavy lifting. Toronto’s cold weather can freeze up these internal mechanisms. If you’re not confident and experienced at looking at electrical fittings, call in an expert to take a look, as there are a lot of things that can go wrong when dealing with electricity.
If your problems are continuing, then it’s likely the metal interior of the door causing so much trouble. Cold weather causes metal to contract and adjust itself. This isn’t the end of the world. An expert can come in and re-align the shifted systems of your garage door and get everything running in sync again.
When Hot Weather Rolls Around, Take These Steps to Avoid Damage to Your Doors
The heat and humidity of summer causes its own issues. You may be more concerned with sitting in front a fan or taking a dip in the pool than maintaining and repairing your garage door. Don’t forget that heat and humidity can cause serious issues to garage doors that come with inconvenient bills if you don’t tend to them now.
Your Beautiful Garage Door Loses Its Sheen Under the Stress of Summer
The garage door is the focal point of your home, but the sun beats down on it every day. This reduces the attractiveness of your door and wears away on paint and varnish. The steps you should take depend on the material of your door. Steel and aluminum doors should be washed down with warm water and common household detergent. Remember never to use bleach in this mix! Window inserts can be wiped down with a soft cloth and glass cleaner. Decorative hardware ages well and requires no maintenance, but wood doors may need professional stripping and refinishing. If your steel door requires a fresh coat of paint, then prepare the doors by sanding them and priming them before using a 100% acrylic paint – oil based paint is a serious no no. Follow the paint manufacturer’s’ instructions for best results.
Battle Power Surges and Electrical Issues With Careful Prevention
The summer comes with powerful heat and thunderstorms. This can wreak havoc on the internal systems of your garage door. Surge protectors are a must for stopping a power surge from affecting your garage door opener. This is a small, simple step with great results. Unfortunately, when the heat affects the electronics inside your garage door, its not such a simple fix. Hot weather can bake the electronics and require a professional repair. Call in the experts to replace the systems if the heat destroys them.
Living in Canada is great for people, but it is more difficult for garage doors. Winter wind and summer sun can bear down on the elaborate system and cause both mechanical and aesthetic issues. Take the time to follow these five tips, and you will avoid the worst consequences. Remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you choose to ignore the issue and hope it goes away, you could wrack up the repair bills. Part of prevention is having the experts on call. If you’re having garage door issues or need to have a discussion about your repair needs, call McKee-Horrigan Inc. at 1-888-244-4171 for a free consultation.