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Common Sources of Damage to Garage Doors During the Wintertime

By: webadmin | January 15, 2020

Garage door repair services are often needed in wintertime because of the cold, harsh weather conditions. If you encounter these common sources of damage to your own garage door, Universal Garage Door Services would be happy to fix your garage doors.

Wintertime Creates Stiff Springs

In the winter, temperatures fall. If you live in an area where temperatures are consistently below freezing, you may find that the springs on your door become stiff and fail to bend properly. When this happens, these springs can snap and break as you shut your door or open it. If your springs are damaged, your door will not work properly and the best solution is to replace the damaged springs.

Weatherstripping Sealant is Damaged

Cold weather often involves rain, snow and sleet. When water begins to freeze at the door, the weatherstripping that insulates your garage by sealing it, can become damaged. As the water unfreezes, the weatherstripping becomes stuck and pieces begin to tear away. We can replace the weatherstripping underneath your door to provide a stronger sealant that insulates your door. A door that is not insulated can cause heat loss throughout your home and also will allow water puddles to get inside your garage.

Photo Eyes Not Working

Many times in winter, the photo eyes that come with your door will not work. The lens will become clouded from salt, ice, rain or snow. If the lens is damaged, the door will not open when you press your electronic door opener. If you cannot find an object that is blocking the photo eye, the lens may be damaged from the winter weather. We recommend first trying to wipe off potential water, dust, dirt and grime. If this does not help, call us and we can replace your photo eye sensors so that your door once again open and closes electronically.

Preventative Maintenance Options

Creating your own preventative maintenance program can help your garage-door last longer. To do this, frequently add lubrication to the pieces of your garage-door and ensure that you tighten any bolts that may have loosened over time. We also recommend cleaning up snow puddles near the door to avoid weatherstripping damage. If you are unsure about maintenance techniques, contact us and we can perform a routine maintenance inspection of your door.

For more information on how you can prevent wintertime damage to your garage doors, contact us at Universal Garage Door Services. We offer garage door repair services including spring repair.

 

Universal Garage Door Services
2150 South 1300 East, Suite 500
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
(801) 784-4550

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