If you live in any state where it regularly goes below freezing during the winter, you may have a problem. Actually, you might end up having several problems in the long run. Ice and water from melted snow can seep in under your garage door and literally freeze it to the ground it rests on. That is just one big problem on its own. Then you have broken and brittle garage door springs in temperatures below or around freezing. How about all that heat that your home is losing through your garage? Yeah, there is a whole host of problems you may experience during the winter with your garage door. There is also a list of wrong ways to fix them. Any one of those wrong ways might permanently damage your garage door. So let’s go into how to fix these issues with proper winter solutions for garage doors.
Insulate And Heat Your Garage Next Winter
This might sound a little odd to some and a little expensive to others. The real shocker? It might actually be a landmark idea for saving money. Replacing old garage door windows with fancy new ones keeps heat from leaving your home. As does adding insulation to your garage door. Checking the weather stripping on all doorways and windows to your garage is a great start. Then you can put a small but efficient space heater in your garage to keep it warm. This will also keep the rest of your home warmer. You would literally not believe how much heat leaves your home through your garage in the colder months of the year. Even with all the doors and windows shut this happens. So try this to keep things like your garage door opener and garage door springs in good condition.
Remove Any Ice Or Snow From Around Your Garage
Mainly, just get rid of all of it around your garage door. This is how it seeps under your garage door and causes your garage door to stick to the ground. Another thing, do not ever try to force open your garage door, with or without your garage door opener. Doing it with your garage door opener will burn the motor out very quickly. Doing it manually can easily cost you all the weather stripping on the bottom of your garage door. Try some salted warm water or a small space heater. It is slower but won’t wreck anything important. You can try the same concept as a space heater with a hair dryer if you have the patience.