Homeowners in Minnesota understand how volatile the weather can be, and each season introduces new challenges for garage doors. It is wise to incorporate some of the following seasonal tasks into your schedule to ensure your garage door is functioning at peak performance and ready for whatever the weather throws at it.
Spring Season Garage Door Maintenance
After a long winter, springtime becomes the perfect time of year to give your garage door a much-needed washing. For metal and fiberglass surfaces, simply apply water and a mild all-purpose cleaner, then gently scrub with a soft rag or sponge. For wooden garage doors, simply use a dry cloth to wipe the surface down. For all door types, though tempting, avoid using a pressure washer, as this can cause damage to the door’s surface.
Summer Season Garage Door Maintenance
The warm summer days of Minnesota offer a great opportunity to give your garage door a bit of a facelift. Check your metal garage door surface for rust spots that need to be sanded before any next steps. Then sand, prime and paint the entire garage door. For wooden garage doors, sand the surface to remove chipped paint or wood, and re-apply paint, stain, or sealer.
Fall Season Garage Door Maintenance
Garage door maintenance done well in the fall will help your garage door function properly throughout the winter months. Waxing the weatherstripping with car wax will help protect it from cold temperatures as well as from freezing shut. Wax the outside surface of your garage door to further protect it from the elements, especially if you applied a new coat of paint or stain over the summer. Taking these measures can go a long way in preserving the condition of your garage door.
Winter Season Garage Door Maintenance
Cold temperatures can cause weatherstripping to crack or fall apart, leading to cold air and snowmelt leaking into the garage. Inspect the weatherstripping and replace it as soon as you notice any damage. Amongst the most common issues, however, is the door sticking or freezing in place. To avoid this, clean gunk off and lubricate any moving parts on the garage door.
Schedule Professional Garage Door Maintenance Today
To have professional maintenance or inspections completed, rely on the team at Rise & Shine Garage Doors. If your garage door isn’t functioning properly, don’t hesitate to reach out to the team today! We’ll be glad to schedule an appointment for one of our expert technicians to come out to your home. Proudly serving the Twin Cities Metro area, give us a call anytime at (612) 886-9606. Emergency after-hours service available.