How can I prepare my garage door for winter?

Along with all the other questions I get, when things get real busy for us as the temperatures first dip below freezing, I get asked this question a bunch. Of course, I get it asked much more about this time of year compared to say June. I can understand why though. I’m a big proponent of proper garage door maintenance. Take care of your garage door, and it will last much longer and you’ll see less of me. Doesn’t make much sense coming from a guy running a garage door repair business, does it? There are plenty of wear and tear items on a garage door and plenty of neglected garage doors. Helping people take care of their garage doors isn’t going to put me out of business any time soon.

Winter is coming
Are you looking out your window and seeing this coming?

Now, I know the reason business gets crazy right about now in our beautiful state of Ohio, is because the frost and cold makes it so people want to make sure they can park inside their garage. Not out of it. I’ve come up with a few things you can do to make sure you’re not parking out in the ice and cold.

Winter tune up checklist

  • Make sure your garage door is tuned up. That means well lubricated moving parts, etc. I like heavy weight motor oil.
  • Check the roller track to make sure that it is clear of any obstructions.
  • Check the balance of your garage door by disengaging the automatic opener and making sure that it runs smoothly by hand.
  • Use your door regularly to make sure it doesn’t freeze up after large winter storms.

Not sure what to do if something ends up being fishy? Give us a call. GEM Garage Door Repair is more than happy to help service your garage door, as long as you live in Southern Ohio anyway. If you’ve got some crazy winter door problem in Alaska, well. Email us. As much as I’d like to see the Northern Lights, I’m going to pass on the plane ride to fix a single door so far away.

The cold is coming though. Don’t have your vehicles out in the muck when you’ve got a perfectly fine garage to park in. I hate scraping the ice off the car as much as the next guy. Hope that gives you some ideas and as always, call us if you need help. (740) 414-4500