Winter is Here! Ice Prevention and Maintenance

Now that winter has arrived, we at Door Guys would like to remind our clients and readers about some winter tips for keeping overhead doors running smoothly throughout the winter. First of all, a simple salting of the area around the door works wonders. Assess the condition of your garage door and potentially consider an insulated door if you haven’t already, you should do a little routine maintenance. The importance of lubrication can’t be stressed enough. The Metal moving parts should be lubricated regularly, but it’s even more important to keep them lubricated when the icy conditions strike.

If your garage door is already insulated it will have weather-stripping around its edges, it’s important to check over these things before winter swings into full gear. Insulation degrades over time, and things like garage door seals and weather-stripping lose their ability to keep out cold air and moisture. Ensure you use a lubricant that’s designed for garage doors and their components. WD-40 will work in a pinch, but avoid lubricants made with petroleum and silicone.

Do-It-Yourself Winterization for All Types of Garage Doors

Waterproof the garage floor if you have not already done so.

Coating your garage floor with epoxy is a relatively easy (albeit time consuming) task which can greatly prevent disaster down the road. All the snow and slush tracked in in the winter will slowly eat away at the floor creating massive headaches down the line and a couple gallons of epoxy can save that trouble.

Caulk around your garage door.

Caulking around your garage door can seem intimidating to first-timers, fortunately, Lindsay Ballard — who runs a home improvement blog called Makely  put together this video tutorial that details how to weatherize your garage door:

Insulating an existing door

If you have a wood frame-and-panel garage door, rigid insulation is optimal. Foam board is  probably the most popular and effective option, and it comes in rigid panels that can be cut to size. If these are well-placed in the recesses between the frames of your garage door, it can provide some excellent insulation at a fraction of the cost of a new insulated door. For extra insulation, consider installing two layers, while initially less cost effective, it will provide excellent results. Foam board insulation has an R-value of between three and six.

If you have a steel garage door, technically, you can use any kind of insulation. However, batt insulation tends to be the most popular, versatile and easiest to use.The R-value of batt insulation ranges from three to four per inch. The more you use, the better the insulation rating you will achieve.

Garage Door Seals and Weather Stripping

If you’ve noticed that there are gaps around the edges of your garage door, you may need to install or replace the weather stripping. This is totally normal, but that doesn’t mean it’s good. Those cracks expose the interior to the conditions, where they can wreak havoc. Properly installed garage door seals and weather-stripping can be used to close those gaps in order to insulate your garage more efficiently.

PVC stop molding is great when it’s properly installed, it effectively closes those gaps. The durability of PVC is astounding. Reverse-angle jamb seals are also popular. Another option is to install garage door seal retainers around all edges of the door. You can then easily swap out new inserts when needed. Popular materials for such seals include vinyl and rubber.

Power Surges and Garage Door Openers

Here are a few symptoms your garage door opener may be showing if hit by lightning or a power surge:

  • Opener functions erratically
  • Remote & keypad stop working
  • LED lights on the safety sensors are not lit
  • Opener acts as if it has no power even when there is power going to the outlet
  • The light on the back of the circuit board flashes constantly

If you are experiencing any of these signs after a recent storm, contact Door Guys for assistance.

Garage door openers, along with many other electronics, have a high risk of damage during a storm. Lightning can travel through phone jacks, Ethernet cables, and electrical outlets.  indirect lightning, generated by electromagnetic pulses, can even short out appliances as well.

We highly suggest purchasing a surge protector for your garage door openers. Not all power strips have built in surge protection. Always verify that the device specifies this in the manufacturer details. Without one, circuit boards, and other parts can burn up due to power surges. A $15 item will save you hundreds in repair costs.

Here’s a great surge protector from amazon

 

To insulate or not to insulate?

 

Having a garage is necessary to some who have a car, but some garages are better suited for your vehicle than others, depending on the garage door that you have. Even if a garage door might protect your car, it can’t provide total protection and this is why you should think about some improvements. Having an insulated garage door brings you lots of advantages over having a normal garage door.

 

One of them is noise reduction. Yes, with the help of an insulated garage door you won’t hear as much noise as before, because the insulation process will automatically block any external noise to come from the outside, but it also comes in handy when it comes to absorbing the noise when you do some loud repairs in your garage.

 

An insulated garage door also provides numerous other benefits, such as a lower energy bill, as it will maintain the warmth of the garage for a longer period of time, and thus reduce the necessary amount of energy that needs to be consumed so you and your car can stay warm while in the garage. Overtime, with the help of an insulated garage door you can save quite a lot of money through energy cost reduction, and you will definitely enjoy that in the end.

 

Moreover, an insulated garage door is more suitable to control the environmental impact, because it allows you complete control over what exits or enters your garage, including airborne chemicals, allowing you to ventilate through a filter while using harsh chemicals or gasses. An insulated garage door is resilient and it’s also safe for the environment as well, which is definitely a plus in this regard!

 

With the help of an insulated garage door you will have the opportunity to increase the resale value of your home. This investment will show the potential customers that you care about your house and that they can save a lot of money from their energy bill if they purchase your house.

 

On top of that, the insulated garage doors are widely known for being very durable as well, something that you probably want, as this is the only layer of protection between your car and the elements. By investing into an insulated garage door you will make a safer environment for your car.

 

Lastly, thanks to an insulated garage door you will protect your car in a much better way. For example, if it’s cold outside, it’s less likely that your car will start if you would park it outside or in a normal garage without an insulated garage door. Thanks to this type of door however, your car will be much safer and it won’t have to suffer from the weather problems present outside.

 

These are only a few of the reasons why you need an insulated garage door. Keep in mind, an insulated door is not ideal in all scenario’s. Some shops and factories may not benefit from all the additional features an insulated door would provide due to various factors. Although for your home things such as a lower energy bill, better protection for your car and a higher durability are very important when it comes to the well-being of both you and your car, so getting an insulated garage door on your home is highly recommended. If you want a reliable garage door, don’t hesitate to get an insulated one, as it will provide you with some amazing results in the end!

Preventative Maintenance

Ensuring you’re always open for business

Our planned or preventative servicing and maintenance is undertaken on a contracted basis.  The contract is for one year.
The scheduled visits are based on your needs.  For example:  every 2 months for high volume use,  every 3 months for moderate volume use, every 6 months for low use or once a year for seasonal low use.
Your P.M. certification includes basic adjustments, lubrication of necessary door parts, balancing of door and adjustment of spring tension if required.

Initial Visit

On our first visit after signing up for the PM program you will receive:
  •      Door Inspection Report – Detailing all aspects of your overhead door.
  •      Preventative Maintenance Certification – Detailing the condition of your overhead door and any repairs required for further maintenance.
  •      Red Binder – For you to keep track of your copies of the door reports.

 Second and future Visits

  • A Preventative Maintenance Certification is always completed including a copy for your records when this service is done.
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Further Service

If further service is required, we will do our absolute best to schedule it to fit your needs.
We at Door Guys have a strong commitment to our customers, and we feel a smooth communication system is absolutely vital to our service to our customers. We have an open contact line and read emails regularly to ensure our customers are satisfied to the strict level of quality we at Door Guys thrive to uphold
Our committed service extends far beyond the field. Our representatives are constantly looking to provide clients with the dedicated service, as well as communicative efforts, necessary to uphold the safety and upkeep of your overhead doors. The level of quality we strive to attain is of utmost importance and our commitment to our customers has proven strong through long standing contracts with reputable businesses, organizations and proprietorship’s in Simcoe, Muskoka, and extended area’s!

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