Tuesday, July 5, 2016

How Weather Affects Garage Doors And What You Can Do To Protect Them

You probably don't think much about your garage door except for when you open or close it to get your car in or out. You should know that garage doors are vulnerable to weather conditions including extreme heat and cold. However, there are steps you can take to protect them against the elements.

Heat Protection

Heat can be damaging for garage door sensors and circuits. Wrapping them with heat-shielding tapes, wraps or other protective material can prevent this. A fresh coat of light-colored paint can also help repel the heat. You might want to consider paint that is rust-resistant if your door is metal.

The summer heat can mean thunderstorms, and a surge protector can prevent a garage's electrical system from shorting out during these events. Reinforcements can be added to a garage door if you are concerned about hurricanes.

Cold Protection

Lubricating the tracks the garage door slides up and down on can help keep the door from getting stuck in the winter. Additionally, weather-stripping can help keep doors sealed shut, and although snow is rare in Myrtle Beach, it will keep any unexpected flurries out of the garage as well.

Keeping the garage door well-maintained is important both for aesthetic and security reasons. Insulation protects the door from the stress of both heat and cold by keeping the temperature steadier. The change of seasons is a good time to go over the garage door and check for routine maintenance issues. Taking preventative measures or addressing problems as soon as they arise will be more cost-effective in the long run.

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