Can you feel it in the air? Winter is approaching! We do not doubt that your winter preparation to-do list has quite a few tasks, but one that you must remember is to prepare your garage. Utilizing the following quick actions will help keep your garage and its content safe through the cold season and into spring.
Garage Winter Preparation
Inspect Your Garage Door
Your door is one of the primary protectors of your garage from the outside world, so you always want to perform regular inspections to ensure that it is in tip-top shape. Check for any abnormalities (click HERE to learn more) and take active action to get it repaired as soon as possible.
Replace Weather Stripping
The weatherstripping around your garage door wears out over time. When doing your garage winter preparation, you should double-check that it is still in good shape. If parts or all of the weather stripping is failing, be sure to replace the entire thing.
Lubricate Moving Parts
As a part of your regular maintenance, you should lubricate your garage door’s moving parts, including the springs, bearings, and hinges. There are lubricants available specifically for garage doors, so please ensure that you purchase the correct one.
Seal the Garage Floor
As you likely know, winter debris like water, snow, salt, and mud can damage garage flooring. Any amount of moisture can seep into the tiniest of cracks, further destabilizing the structure. To prevent this from happening, you may want to consider waterproofing or sealing your garage floor.
Uninsulated exterior walls allow cold air to enter the garage and your home easily. If your garage walls do not have any insulation, we suggest that you add it. Additionally, remember that your garage door is essentially a moving exterior wall. If your garage door does not have insulation, you may want to get it covered. Keep in mind that the weight of the insulation will throw off your garage door’s systems, so it is highly recommended that you have this done, or at least checked, by a professional to ensure proper safety.
It would be best to insulate or cover any exposed pipes during the winter to protect them from freezing, including any in the garage. If you do not have a heating system in your garage, it is vital that you do this to protect your water lines.
Organize Your Contents
Before it gets to the point where all you want to do is stay huddled inside, take the time to organize the contents of your garage. Throw out the old and organize what you plan to keep throughout the winter into an orderly fashion. In addition, make sure to pull out winter products like snow shovels or winter tools, so they are easy to access when you need them. Additionally, we suggest that you elevate items off the floor (whether on shelves or hooks) to ensure that they don’t get wet.
Do you need a garage door inspection or repair before the winter season hits? Be sure to schedule an appointment with our experienced professionals today.