From snowstorms that drop a few feet at a time to sunny days that turn snowmelt into dangerously icy conditions, winter in Bend is no joke. And these conditions can impact your garage door as well. Luckily, when it comes to garage door weatherproofing, we’ve had over 15 years of experience to help you winterize like a pro.
Why garage door weatherproofing is important
You probably have a winterizing routine that includes blowing out your sprinklers, unpacking your sweaters, and budgeting for higher heating bills. But do you consider your garage door as well?
Garage door weatherproofing can help prevent broken springs, damaged sensors, warped metal, and ice between panels. All of which can happen between one snowstorm and the next and cost you hundreds of dollars. Luckily there are things you can do before the snow flies (and even while it’s storming) to prevent expensive damage.
Tip 1: Make sure to seal and strip
Garage doors have a bottom seal made of rubber or vinyl that seals that gap along the floor. This helps to keep out water, dirt, and cold breezes and aids overall insulation. You should replace this seal “when you can see daylight below the bottom of the door when it is closed.”
Weatherstripping your door helps keep out winter moisture––the culprit of further damage. And if your garage door is located under a bedroom of a two-story house, weatherstripping prevents the entry of cold air “causing discomfort on the floors by cooling the hot air furnace ducts.” You should check seals and stripping at least once a year and replace them as often as necessary.
Tip 2: Invest in an automatic opener
It might seem unrelated, but automatic openers have a lot to do with weatherproofing. If you’re able to check your door’s open status while away, you can avoid accidental openings that lead to snow and water damage. A bonus tip is to make sure your opener is has a timer to automatically close within a time limit in case you forget.
Tip 3: Insulation is everything
Insulation is a big deal in the garage door world. If your door is poorly insulated, you’ll have a whole host of other issues; not to mention a freezing garage during the winter months. If you need to insulate your existing door, you have a few options. These include foam boards, batt insulation, or reflective insulation panels.
If you’re looking to install a new door, invest in one with a good R-value or insulation rating. At Central Oregon Garage Door, we can help you choose the best door and insulation rating for your home.
Tip 4: Call the professionals
If you’re unsure how to best insulate your garage door or need a second opinion, never hesitate to call us. Whether you need advice on insulating your existing door, repair for broken springs, or professional weatherstripping, we can help when you need it most. And, yes, that means even during a snowstorm.
Are you ready for winter?
It’s hard to know exactly how bad the Bend winter will be until we’re in the middle of it. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared. Garage door weatherproofing means you’re taking the necessary steps to keep your garage (and your house) warm and your door operational.