Diagnosing Cold Weather Garage Door Problems

Diagnosing Cold Weather Garage Door Problems

Diagnosing Cold Weather Garage Door Problems

Winter can be tough on your home. If you don’t take the proper precautions to ensure your home is prepared for winter, the repercussions can costly and, in some cases, dangerous. Winterizing the parts of your home that are vulnerable to colder temperatures is an annual necessity, and your garage door is no exception. When the temperature begins to drop, if your garage door is not properly maintained, you may find yourself stuck out in the cold.

Here are few common garage door issues that can be caused by cold weather and how you can diagnose and resolve them.

Garage Door Won’t Open

This is a common issue in the winter months. The culprit can be one of three things. Either your opener has quit working, your garage door is frozen to the ground, or you have a broken spring.

Opener Won’t Work

The quickest way to find out if your opener is the cause of the issue, is to disconnect the door from the opener and attempt to lift the door manually. If you are able to lift the door once it is disconnected, the issue is most likely related to your opener. Check to make sure your opener remote has fresh batteries and nothing is tripping the sensors, reconnect the door and try again. If the issue persists, contact your local experts at RCS Garage Doors for help further diagnosing the issue. It is important to note to maintain the warranty on some openers, professional service is required, and if you choose to work on your opener yourself, always do so with the garage door in the closed position.

Garage Door Frozen Shut

So you disconnected your door from the opener, and it still won’t budge. If the weatherseal at the bottom of your door is resting in snow or ice, it is most likely frozen to the ground. To free the door, you can gently chip away at the ice or use warm water to speed up the melting process.

Do not try to force the door open. This could cause damage to the weatherseal, hampering your garage doors insulation efficiency. Also, do not use a chemical deicer, especially on metal doors. This can cause serious damage to your door, and lead to more costly repair bills down the road.

Broken Spring

If your garage door won’t open manually, or when trying to do so, feels like it weighs a ton, you most likely have a broken spring. This is a common occurrence in the colder months as the spring becomes weaker and more brittle when the temperature drops. On most garage doors, the spring runs horizontally across the top of the door frame. If it appears that there are two separate springs, then your spring is broken.

Most garage door springs have a life span of 7-10 years depending on how the garage is used, so it is a good rule of thumb to have your spring inspected or replaced every 7-10 years. If you suspect your spring is broken, contact RCS Garage Doors. Spring repair can be dangerous and must be done by a professional.

Garage Door Won’t Open All the Way

If your door opens, but only partially, or is opening or closing much slower than normal, you may have a lubricant issue. Some lubricants lose their effectiveness when the temperature dips below freezing, causing them to harden and clump up, hindering your garage door’s ability to open smoothly. To fix the issue, clean the tracks and rollers with some kind of degrease. Once clean, opt for a silicone-based lubricant for better performance in colder temperatures. It is important to note that you should only use lubricant on metal garage door parts. Nylon rollers do not require lubrication and, if applied, may cause damage.

Peace of Mind

If you’re not sure you garage door is ready for winter, peace of mind is just a click away! Contact your local garage door professionals at RCS Garage Door to schedule an inspection.

The Importance of Curb Appeal

The Importance of Curb Appeal

Too often these days, when homeowners think about renovations, their minds are drawn to the interior of the home, after all, that is where they spend their time. They are not wrong in thinking this way, as interior renovations can add value to a home, but they are missing opportunities to add serious value to their home by restricting themselves to the interior. We forget the importance of first impressions, and a house’s first impression is all about the exterior. Yes, having a designer kitchen is never a bad thing, but if prospective buyers are the slights bit turned off by the exterior appearance of the home, they won’t even entertain the idea of viewing the inside.

Any real estate professional today will tell you that curb appeal is not only important as it relates to the value of your home, but also the overall aesthetics of your home. Improving the exterior appearance of your home goes beyond simply mowing the yard and manicuring the flower beds. Although pristine landscaping does help with your home’s overall aesthetics, recent studies suggest that the best investment to improve your home’s curb appeal is a new beautiful garage door.

Worn down garage doors with chipping paint or cracked windows can distract people from any other exterior improvements to your home. Due to their size and location, garage doors are often the first element of a home people see, so having a gorgeous garage door is an easy way to make a great first impression.

Clopay® conducted a recent nation-wide survey in which they to determine realtor perceptions of garage doors and how they can influence the curb-appeal and value of a home. 70% of realtors stated that a new garage door decreases the closing time for a house, while over 80% believed a new garage door can increase the average selling price by 4% depending on the style of door. With the average home price in the US at $206,300, the estimated value of new garage door is over $8,000.

Updating your garage door can add tremendous value to your home, but buying a new garage door is typically something you will only do once or twice in your lifetime, making it increasingly important to make sure you choose a door that adds the most value but is in within your budget. Below are a few tips to consider when selecting your new door.

  • Make your garage door a focal point. Select a color and design that makes your home stand out. But don’t over do it. Bright colors can overshadow your home’s other great features.
  • Frame your garage door with some moulding details, accent lighting and accessories. Treat your door like the work of art that it is.
  • Select a color that matches the overall tone of your home. It doesn’t have to match, but you should work within similar tones.
  • Pay attention to material. Some garage doors require more upkeep than others. Make sure to choose one that fits your lifestyle.

For help choosing a new garage door, check out our garage door design tool. Upload a photo of your home and “try on” different garage doors to see which door is perfect for you and your home. Or you can contact the garage door experts at RCS Garage Doors to schedule a design consultation.