Summertime is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year; birds are singing, butterflies are perched on buttercups, and we all head to the great outdoors for adventures. Unfortunately, summertime can also bring extreme heat and humidity. As a home or business owner with a garage, this means that your garage door will be exposed to this harsh element. If you would like to take action to prevent your door from being affected by the summer heat, we suggest you do the following.
Be Aware of Your Door’s Requirements
Each and every garage door model has a different set of specs, which also means a different set of requirements to keep the door running at optimal performance. We recommend that you carefully read your garage door owner’s manual and make note of any heat recommendations or procedures for your specific door.
We want to note that if you have a wooden garage door, you will need to be extra careful with the summer heat and humidity as wood will absorb excess moisture, potentially causing it to swell and rot. There are weather-resistant finishes you can apply before and after the summer season to keep your wooden door in tip-top shape.
Heat can cause garage doors and their mechanisms to expand, which could throw off the door’s balance. If your door starts to make noises, runs inefficiently, or simply stops running altogether, it may have become imbalanced.
Look Out for Glare
Did you know that the summer sun can shine so brightly that it can trick your garage door? You heard me; if appropriately angled, the glare from the sun can trick the eye sensors into thinking there is an obstruction. If you find your door not closing when it’s supposed to, take a look at how the sun is affecting your sensors. You may need to install glare blockers.
Note Overheating Electronics
If your garage gets incredibly hot in the summer, your garage door electronics (i.e., the door opener motor and the eye sensors) may overheat. If this the case, you may need to take action to cool your garage enough that your electronics can continue to function correctly.
To cool your garage, you may want to consider adding insulation or using air circulation. Air circulation could be as simple as creating a cross breeze by using open doors or windows, or you may need to use temporary or install permanent fans.
Complete Regular Maintenance
No matter the season, you should perform regular maintenance in your garage. This includes inspecting, cleaning, and lubricating hardware and the door itself. However, during the summer, you will want to use lubrication designed to assist with higher temperatures for the best results.
When was the last time that you had a garage door inspection? Regular garage door inspections are key to maintaining a safe and high-performing garage door. If you have questions about what’s included in our garage door maintenance, please call us today for more information.