Category Archives: Garage Door Repair

Winter is quickly approaching. Is your garage door ready? You don’t need to have a heated garage to be concerned about protecting it from the worst aspects of the winter. Without being properly winterized, garage doors allow icy cold air to pour inside unimpeded.

Depending on where you live, snow, ice and freezing rain can easily seep into your garage too. As if these problems aren’t bad enough, an unprotected garage door is a prime entryway for insects and other unwanted pests. By winterizing your garage door now, you can reduce energy costs, protect your garage door and stay more comfortable this winter.

 

Preparing Your Columbus Georgia Garage Door For the Winter

Even if your garage door is already insulated and has seals or weather-stripping around its edges, it’s important to check over these things before winter swings into full gear. Insulation degrades over time, and things like garage door seals and weather-stripping lose their ability to keep out cold air and moisture.

Before assessing the condition of your garage door and potentially installing insulation, you should do a little routine maintenance. The importance of lubrication can’t be stressed enough. All metal moving parts should be lubricated regularly throughout the year, but it’s even more important to keep them gliding easily along when cold weather strikes. Without doing so, you’re certain to have problems opening and closing your garage door during the blustery season expected in Columbus, Georgia. Check out one of our exclusive garage door maintenance packages to help get you prepared for the winter.

As far as lubrication goes, try to use a lubricant that’s specifically designed for use on garage doors and their components. WD-40 will work in a pinch, but steer clear of lubricants that contain petroleum and silicone.

 

Do-It-Yourself Winterization for All Types of Garage Doors

The type of insulation you use on your garage door will depend on the type of door you have. In the case of a wood frame-and-panel garage door, for instance, rigid insulation is ideal. Foam board is the most popular option, and it’s sold in rigid panels that can then be cut to size. Place them in the recesses between the frames of your garage door. For extra protection, considering installing two layers. Foam board insulation has an R-value of between three and six, so it is worth the money. R-value refers to insulation’s ability to resist heat flow. The higher the R-value, the better a material’s insulating power.

In the case of a flat garage door, or one that doesn’t have any panels, you can also use foam board.

If you have a steel garage door, you can technically use any kind of insulation. However, batt insulation tends to be the most versatile and easiest to use. This type of insulation is typically made out of fiberglass, and it’s sometimes backed with foil or paper. The R-value of batt insulation ranges from three to four per inch. The more you use, the better insulated your garage door will be. Just stuff it into the frames around the panels of the door.

 

Garage Door Seals and Weather Stripping

It’s all well and good to insulate the garage door itself, but you’ve probably noticed that there are gaps around its edges. This is totally normal, but that doesn’t mean it’s good. Those cracks allow wind, cold air, snow, ice and rain to seep into the garage, where they can wreak havoc. Garage door seals and weather-stripping can be used to close those gaps in order to insulate your garage more effectively.

PVC stop molding is one of the best options for sealing the tops and sides of a garage door. When it’s properly installed, it effectively closes those pesky gaps. PVC is durable, so this option will last a long time. Reverse-angle jamb seals are also popular. Another option is to install garage door seal retainers around all edges of the door. You can then easily swap out new inserts when needed. Popular materials for such seals include vinyl and rubber.

 

Hire Us to Do the Maintenance for You!

Is winterizing a garage door a do-it-yourself job? It certainly can be. We offer take home insulation kits if you have the know-how (or are adventurous enough) to try it yourself. If you’d rather not mess with it and want to ensure that the work is done properly, have the professionals at Overhead Door of Columbus do it for you.

We are the Columbus Georgia garage door experts, and we’ll use the best materials and tools to effectively prepare your garage door for winter before the cold weather arrives

As the winter winds begin to howl and the rain and snow begins to fall, many homeowners in Columbus, Ga are putting the final touches on winterizing their homes. From heaters for outdoor water pipes, to purchasing a generator, there are many ways that a home can be properly outfitted for the harsh winter months.

Did you know that one of the areas that are most often overlooked for winter maintenance is the garage doors? Proper garage door maintenance helps to prolong the longevity of your garage doors, as well as helping to keep your home safe and dry when the winter winds start to blow.

A few DIY garage door winter maintenance tips:

  1. Clean the exterior of the garage doors with a mixture of household cleaning products. Removing debris and build-up from the exterior of the doors will help to eliminate damage from rust and clogged hinges.
  2. Clean the weather stripping at the bottom of the garage door. As you clean the weather stripping, be sure to check for cracks, tears, missing pieces, and places where the stripping may not be securely attached. A garage door’s weather stripping helps to keep your garage dry and the winter elements out.
  3. Check and clean garage door windows. Damaged windows should be replaced. The sealing around all windows should be checked for cracks, and should be replaced before rain and snow can cause damage to the window frame or the interior of your garage.
  4. Evaluate the moving parts of the garage door. Use a cloth to remove grease build-up on the track(s) and rollers. Grease build-up can cause unnecessary wear and tear on the opening and closing mechanisms of the garage door. For your safety, never attempt to adjust the cables or torsion springs on your own. The latter parts are responsible for the opening and closing of the garage door, as such improperly adjusting the tension or position can cause the garage door to malfunction, which can potentially cause bodily harm. Finally, make sure that the garage door sensors are properly lined up, and that stored objects remain clear of the sensors.
  5. Be sure to check remote control batteries. When it comes to garage doors there is nothing quite as frustrating as owning a remote control garage door opener, only to have the batteries die when you need them most.

By following these five simple tips you can ensure that your garage is properly winterized and that its contents remain protected for the harsh weather months to come.  Columbus Georgia is expecting a harsher than normal winter, so make sure your Columbus Georgia Garage Doors are prepared.

Did you know?
Just like cars, garage doors need to be maintained to keep them safe. Our thorough inspection (outlined below) will help prolong the life of your door and the opener while keeping them safe, quiet and dependable. Annual tune-ups prevent minor problems from turning into huge disasters.  Below are some of the items we check during a routine inspection:

Sectional Door Checklist

  1. Inspect all hinges for wear and cracks.
  2. Inspect all rollers for loose bearings and faulty roller stems.
  3. Inspect end bearings and center cones on torsion tube.
  4. Inspect track for bends or misalignment.
  5. Inspect sections for bends or cracks.
  6. Lubricate all moving parts.
  7. Tighten all nuts and bolts.
  8. Wood sectional – tighten hinges whether loose or not.
  9. Balance and adjust accordingly

Piece Door Checklist

  1. Inspect all 5 pivot points on hardware for worn parts.
  2. Check for safety wire and clips on springs.
  3. Inspect jambs to see if they are split or hardware is rubbing door.
  4. Confirm if chains are welded links.
  5. Inspect to see if bottom or top rail is split.
  6. Lubricate all moving parts and springs.
  7. Tighten truss rods and end brackets.
  8. Check the door for balance and adjust accordingly.

Steel, Hardware & Materials

Chain Drives/Belt Drives

  1. Lubricate chain rail and trolley.
  2. Tighten chain or belt if necessary.
  3. Open motor head and lubricate worn gear.
  4. Inspect gear and sprocket for wear and tear.
  5. Check safety reverse – red tag opener if it does not.
  6. Check drive arm bolt and pins to make sure they are tight.
  7. Inspect and test up and down force.

Screw Drives

  1. Lubricate screw. Low temp grease.
  2. Adjust limits.
  3. Adjust electric eyes and clean.
  4. Check safety reverse and red tag if it fails.
  5. Inspect and test up and down force.

General Opener

  1. Straighten receiver wire.
  2. Check wall button functions.
    1. Activation Switch.
    2. Light Switch.
    3. Lock Switch.