How to Get through the Busiest Time of Year for Your Garage
You probably don’t think about a ‘busy’ time of year for your garage. But, if you did, you’d realize that you’re probably in and out of your garage more in the autumn months than at any other time of year.
If you haven’t done some or all of these yet this fall, you’ll probably be doing them soon. You’ll be putting away your garden furniture; taking out your rake; storing your summer garden tools; finding a place for the patio umbrella; getting the hot tub cover out of storage; putting away all the summer toys; polishing off the snow blower; rolling out the lawn mower to mulch the leaves; finding the fall lawn food; and wondering where all that extra stuff in the garage came from during the summer.
In the midst of it all, you’ll probably wish your garage door was a revolving one.
Tips for Getting Through the Busy Season for Your Garage
All that traffic in your garage can have two side-effects. First, without some planning, you could end up doing more work than you have to. Second, without some precautions, you could do more damage than you want to.
Here are just a few tips to help avoid extra work and reduce any damage.
1. Clean Out Your Garage & Make a Storage Plan
If yours is like most garages, storage space is at a premium. It might sound like more work, but in the end, you’ll reduce your effort, and find the space you need, if you clear out your garage and make a plan for where everything goes.
2. Try to Minimize Opening and Closing Your Garage Door
All the traffic into and out of your garage can take a toll on the door and garage door opener. If you can, plan your activities and keep your door open or closed as long as possible. But, remember, to protect everything in your garage and safeguard against theft, don’t leave the door open any longer than you have to.
3. Keep Your Car Out of the Garage
When you’re cleaning the garage, and putting things in storage, you’ll have less chance of damaging your car if you move it out of the way.
The more effort you put into making it easier for your garage to get through its busy season, the less busy it will seem!
If you happen to notice your garage isn’t working as smoothly as it normally does or it is making strange noises, you may be in need of garage door maintenance or service before the winter months set in! If this is the case, give the experts at Markham Garage Doors a call or fill out our online form to request service. Our team specializes in garage door installation, service and repair, and can get your garage door up and running again during its busiest time of the year.
How to Winterize Your Garage Door
You change the filter on the furnace. You top-up the antifreeze in your car. You buy road salt for the driveway. You do them all because you want to minimize the chances of an accident or inconvenience in the middle of winter.
So why don’t you winterize your garage door? It might not be a disaster, but the moment your garage door decides to not work will probably be the coldest, stormiest and darkest moment of the winter.
It might be a ways off, but now’s the best time to get your garage door ready for winter.
4 Steps to Winterize Your Garage Door
This is mainly just good-sense, regular maintenance to keep your garage door in good working condition.
1. Look and Listen
To the garage door opener that is. If it conks out, the door won’t open. When the door is in operation, listen for unusual sounds of grinding in the motor and squealing from the metal parts of the door.
Also look at the door as it raises and lowers. Make sure the bottom of the door stays parallel to the floor and that the door doesn’t ‘lurch’ as it travels.
2. Check That the Safety Features are Working
Sticking with the opener, it’s important the door’s two main safety features are working properly.
For the first safety feature, put a 2X4 on the garage floor across the line where the door touches the floor. Trigger the door to close. It should automatically stop and go backwards when it hits the 2×4.
Your can test the second safety feature with a stick and empty cardboard box. Use the stick to push the box into the path of the door as it closes. Stay well away from the door’s path. The door should stop and reverse as the box goes between the two photo eyes on either side of the door opening.
3. Fasten Connections Where Needed
There are metal hinges between each garage door panel. The tracks along which the rollers run are connected to the ceiling of the garage. And so too is the garage door opener. Check all their fasteners and connections for tightness.
4. Add Lubrication
Lubricate the rubber seals between the door panels, along the bottom of the door and around the door frame. Lubricate moving metal parts including the door hinges, cables, springs, and rollers.
There’s no guaranteeing that you’ll survive the winter without a garage door issue. But there are lots you can do to minimize it. And if you run into problems, contact Markham Garage Door. We’re happy to help in any way we can.
How to Resurface Your Concrete Garage Floor with Epoxy
It’s the middle of a cold winter and, if you happen to use your garage as a place to park your car (really?!), the floor’s a mess. With all the snow falls we’ve had so far in Markham and Southern Ontario, your car picks up salt, sand and other road debris in the snow and slush that clings to it as you drive.
Then, after you get home, the heat of your car’s engine raises the temperatures in your garage enough to melt all the snow. And what’s left? All that salt, sand and dirt ends up on your garage floor in a damp pile that doesn’t dry too quickly because it’s sitting on uncoated concrete. Even when it dries, it’s not easy to clean up because it grabs onto the porous surface of the concrete.
Maybe It’s Time to Finally Give Your Garage Floor an Epoxy Coating
You’ve seen the do-it-yourself kits at the hardware store. An epoxy coating for your garage floor seals the concrete makes it easier to clean and it looks great. Epoxy finishes are also a good idea if you intend to use your garage for an added living or working space in your home.
But there are a few things you should know before you jump in, buy the kit and get all ready to coat your floor. Among other questions, you need answers to the following:
What is the porosity of the concrete?
If it is very smooth or has been previously coated with another type of sealant, you may need to use a diamond grinding machine to make it porous enough for the epoxy coat.
Is the floor cracked?
If so, and the cracks are large, they must be cleaned and filled with a sealant.
What will you do with the contents of your garage while you seal the floor?
It can take four to six days to prepare the floor, apply the epoxy and let it fully cure. You may need to find space elsewhere in your home or rent temporary storage.
Should you consider using a professional to do the work?
Depending on your answers to the questions above, it may be worth the added cost and time-savings to have a professional garage floor refinisher do the work for you. And many of them offer temporary storage as one of the services they provide.
Do you want to try a polyurea finish instead of epoxy?
Similar to epoxy, polyurea finishes are increasingly popular. It’s applied in similar ways as epoxy and lasts just as long, but it is far more ‘elastic’, which helps if your floor has a lot of cracks. It also cures faster and is more scratch-resistant than epoxy. The downside? It’s about three times more expensive.
The good news is that, by answering the questions above and doing things like grinding and sealing the cracks in the floor, you’re well on your way to having the job done.
Prepare the Surface of the Floor
To improve the adhesion of the epoxy and avoid the white powdery stuff that appears on the surface of unsealed concrete, you’ll need to give the floor a mild acid bath. The acid opens up the pores of the concrete, giving the epoxy more to grab.
Section the Floor
Especially if you have a two-car garage or larger, it’s wise to section the floor and do one section at a time. You can also start by doing the edging and area around the drain first and then do each of your sections.
Lay it On
While you should spread it evenly, the thicker the coat you apply, the longer the finish will last. Whatever you do, don’t try to ‘stretch’ how much epoxy you have to last for the whole floor.
Whether you go with epoxy or polyuria, you can choose from a wide range of finishes that will last longer than simple paint and make your floor look better too. And it will stand up to all that salt, sand and dirt your car brings into the garage and be easier to clean.
If you’re redoing your garage floor, it might also be a good time to consider a new garage door! Markham Garage Doors offers a wide selection of residential and commercial garage doors. To learn more or get started, call us today and request a quote!
The Advantages & Disadvantages of Parking Your Car in the Garage in Winter
If you regularly park your car in the garage, you probably do it year-round without giving it an extra thought. Except, in winter, you just love the fact that you can get into a car that is completely free of snow and ice even after a night-long blizzard (not to mention the guilty pleasure you get from driving past neighbors who’ll be late for work because they’re still chiseling out!).
But the idea that it’s always best to keep your car in the garage has been challenged by those who feel that, when you do so in the winter, it can cause more harm than good.
If you park in the garage in winter, you’ll remember those times when you’ve arrived home during a storm with your car covered in snow and slush from the road. Yet when you headed back out a short time later, your car was once again snow- and slush-less. Nice.
But, those who question the benefits of winter garage parking say it is that melting, caused by the heat of your engine in the enclosed garage, that causes problems for the car.
Primarily, because the slush from the road contains corrosive salt when it melts, the salt comes in closer contact with your car’s body panels and undercarriage. The salt-carrying moisture doesn’t evaporate very quickly in the damp conditions. In a way, it can be like giving your car a salt bath.
According to the Globe & Mail, the constant shifting between hot and cold, by taking your car in and out of the garage, especially if the garage is heated, can also deteriorate the seals on your car.
Regular washing of the car in winter and extra rustproofing can help delay the onset of rust regardless of its cause.
The verdict is still out about whether you should or shouldn’t park your car in the garage in winter. If you simply enjoy not scraping and defrosting after a storm, then it might not matter.
Why You Should Care About the Insulation in Your Garage Door
With winter approaching us here in Markham, many homeowners start to think about energy costs and how the insulation in the attic and walls can help reduce them. Like a blanket that keeps you toasty on frosty nights, insulation keeps your home warmer by preventing the air heated by your furnace from escaping.
It makes sense because you spend a lot of money heating that air and, without proper insulation, you’re literally pouring that money out the window, or through the roof, or however, else the heat is lost from your home. And insulation does a similar job in summer too by keeping warm air out and your costly cool air in.
Garage Doors and Insulation
All home insulation comes with an R-value that tells you how good the insulation is at preventing heat loss. The higher the value, the better the insulation.
While R-value is the most important factor in choosing insulation for a home, few homeowners think twice about the R-value of the insulation in their garage door. Yet, if you’re looking at a new garage door, you should pay as much attention to its R-value as you do to the R-value of your house insulation.
From similar benefits as home insulation to factors in garage door construction that can affect its insulating ability, there are many reasons to start paying more attention to the insulation in your garage door.
1. Cost Savings
This is one benefit that is the same for insulation anywhere in your home. It’s a mistake to think that because there’s a door on your garage that your home isn’t affected by the temperature of the air inside it. Regardless of how well your garage is insulated, you most likely don’t heat it. That means temperatures inside your garage will eventually reach the same levels as temperatures outside, in both summer and winter. Some heat from your home does escape into your garage in winter, which can help keep the garage relatively warm. If your garage door is not well insulated, that heat will be lost faster than if it was properly insulated. Well, insulated garage doors will help keep your garage warmer and reduce your home heating costs.
2. Protect Your Belongings
Even worse than the problems freezing temperatures can cause to the things you keep in your garage, like your lawn mower, it’s the temperature variations that happen in a poorly insulated garage that can do the most damage. Particularly in spring and fall, when nighttime temperatures are cool and daytime temperatures are warm, those variations can cause condensation in your garage. That condensation will to only increase the chance of rust forming on metal objects, but it could help mold to grow.
3. You May Not Be Getting the Insulation You Think From Your Garage Door
There are different types of insulation used on garage doors. The two main types are polystyrene foam, or foam panels, and polyurethane foam, which is sprayed on during the door’s manufacturing process.
Polystyrene panels are made to standard sizes. Even if your garage door manufacturer chose a fairly tight fitting panel, there will always be gaps in polystyrene insulation. Gaps that let in cold.
Polyurethane insulation is sprayed on and fills most or all the gaps in the door’s panel to provide better insulation coverage.
Regardless of what type of garage door insulation you have, another weak point is the gaps between the panels of the door and the gaps around the outside edges of the door. If they are not well sealed when the door is closed, your insulation can do nothing to stop the passage of heat.
The problem with these gaps is that the R-value of the door is most often related to the insulation’s R-value. But the gaps can reduce the effective R-value of the entire door.
From noise reduction to how easily your car starts in winter, you get many other benefits from the insulation in your garage doors. Next time you’re shopping for a garage door, make sure it is well insulated and well-sealed. Markham Garage Doors offers a large selection of insulated garage doors. Contact us today to find the best option for your home or business!
Spring is the Ideal Time for Garage Door Maintenance
Spring is a Good Time for a Garage Door Inspection and Any Maintenance Work
With the spring weather essentially having arrived in Toronto and the GTA, homeowners are looking forward to beginning their outdoor spring maintenance activities. Lawn care, flower bed preparation/planting, cleaning out the garage, and a general tidying up of the property are likely on most lists of planned activities over the next few weekends.
For many homeowners, these to-do lists might also include several aspects of property inspection; that is, checking their trees/bushes, fence, deck, and roof to assess whether they survived the winter unscathed or if some attention/repairs may be required. Not to be overlooked or ignored among these inspections is the garage door – in fact, spring is actually the ideal time for garage door inspection and maintenance.
Winter weather can exact a heavy toll on a garage door, affecting both appearance and performance. Furthermore, with the imminent return of better weather, it is quite likely that a garage door will see much greater use over the next several months than it does throughout the winter; this makes its reliable and safe operation a must for homeowners and their families, friends, neighbors, and pets too. Springtime garage door inspection and the attention to any maintenance needs will play important roles in ensuring a level of dependability, as well as prolonging the lifespan of the door itself.
Spring garage door inspection/maintenance will include the following elements/actions:
- Hand-wash the door to remove any and all dust, dirt, or grime
- Assess the condition of the door for damage or a need to paint/stain
- Observe door while in operation for uneven or erratic movement
- Listen for loud and/or unnatural sounds while the door is in motion
- Inspect hardware for signs of damage, rust, or instability/weakness
- Lubricate all rollers, hinges, and latches with a suitable type of spray
- Wipe away/brush off dust and grime from springs, cables, and tracks
- Inspect condition of weather stripping around entire perimeter of door
- Garage door opener – check travel limits, test sensors/safety features
In most cases, the above steps can be carried out by a do-it-yourself homeowner. There may, however, be situations that arise during the inspection and maintenance processes where professional garage door repair services may be required – these can include such instances as a loss of tension in the torsion spring, fraying or loose cables, or a door that will not open and close smoothly.
Should these types of situations arise, any parts replacements or repair needs are best left in the hands of trained technicians, like the specialists from Markham Garage Doors.
Expert Garage Door Repair Services by a Team of Award-Winning Technicians
When homeowners are in need of garage door repairs, they can depend on the award-winning service offered by the technicians from Markham Garage Doors, ranked by their customers as the number one garage door repair company in the Toronto and the GTA.
The team from Markham Garage Doors has the experience and capabilities to expertly repair any/all of the following and more, based on circumstance and homeowner need:
- Broken/bent springs
- Snapped/frayed cables
- Damaged/broken panels
- Cracked/broken windows
- Malfunctioning door opener
- Torn/worn weather stripping
- Jammed or imbalanced doors
- Dented/loose aluminum capping
See our Services page for additional information on the garage door maintenance and repair services offered by the experts at Markham Garage Doors.
For all garage door inspections, repairs, and maintenance needs call the professionals at Markham Garage Doors today at (905) 472-9178 or (416) 570-3667 to book a service visit at your earliest convenience.
Protective Measures for Washing Your Car in the Garage During the Winter
Avoid Unneeded Garage Door Maintenance When Washing the Car in the Garage
It is no secret that winter weather can be damaging to a vehicle, particularly the effects of road salt, sand, and frozen slush/ice on the undercarriage and side panels. There are secondary issues to this situation as well, such as the unsightliness of an unclean vehicle and the sheer sloppiness of these materials as they thaw/drip onto the garage floor after the vehicle has been parked inside for a while.
The easier solution would be to take the vehicle to a touchless carwash or perhaps even a pay-and-spray self-service bay before heading home; but the former can be harmful to the vehicle’s finish and the latter could be inconvenient, especially on a cold winter day, and the out-of-pocket cost for either method can add up in a hurry during a particularly messy winter driving season. Therefore, a better and more cost-efficient solution could involve washing the vehicle inside the garage, provided that the following are taken into consideration:
- There is sufficient space to work around the entire vehicle
- There is no aversion to some manual labor (hand-washing)
- Precautions are in place to protect the garage floor/contents
- Similar precautions are employed to protect the garage door
Hand-washing the vehicle would likely be the favoured method, since any water sprayed from a hose, even the finest of mists, could be deposited on personal belongings as well as the garage door and its related hardware; depending on the temperature of the air in the garage (the vast majority are unheated), this mist/spray could freeze and ultimately lead to garage door maintenance issues that would contravene/override any cost-savings from washing the car at home.
To hand-wash a vehicle when it is parked inside the garage, one will need the following products/materials:
- One bucket with hot water and car shampoo
- One bucket with warm water only (for rinsing)
- A wash mitt and drying towels (waffle-weave)
- Spray wax, spray sealant, or quick-detail spray
- Latex gloves and high-quality microfiber towels
- One floor squeegee or a wet/dry shop vacuum
While the specific brands of products/materials would certainly be left to the discretion of the vehicle owner, having a floor squeegee or shop vac on hand will be very important in the overall process. Though not directly related to actually cleaning the vehicle, the use of either item to clear away the sludge/water that is deposited on the garage floor during the washing/rinsing stages will be critical in protecting the floor itself as well as the parts of the garage door that are in close proximity.
Allowing slush/water to accumulate and potentially freeze at the base of the garage door or its tracking can negatively affect its structural integrity and/or its operating efficiency.
Rely on Markham Garage Doors if Garage Door Maintenance is Needed in Winter
In many cases, the size of a garage, or at least the available floor space, does not lend itself to hand-washing a vehicle during the winter. Furthermore, time and circumstances can intervene to prevent homeowners from clearing away salt, sand, or slush from their vehicle before parking it in the garage. Add to this the cold temperatures and weather conditions experienced in Markham and the GTA throughout the winter and it creates an ideal recipe for potential garage door maintenance.
When these types of materials are allowed to accumulate and/or freeze along the base of the garage door, whether, on the interior or the exterior, the door and its hardware can experience several problems that may require the garage door maintenance and repair expertise of Markham Garage Doors. Such situations can include:
- Water damage to wooden door panels
- Water damage to wooden door frames
- Door misalignment due to ice formation
- Corrosion or distortion of metal tracking
- Snapped or broken springs and/or cables
- Stress on garage door opener motors/drives
- Torn/damaged weather stripping/rubber gaskets
Should any of these circumstances occur throughout the winter, they can not only cause a good deal of inconvenience when garage door dependability is needed the most, but it can also pose safety and security risks for the family and their possessions. To alleviate or at least minimize the worry and disruption, homeowners can rely on the garage door maintenance and repair professionals from Markham Garage Doors. Trained technicians from Markham Garage Doors can usually provide a same-day response for all garage door maintenance needs in the winter and throughout the entire year as well.
If you experience any damage or operational issues with your garage door this winter, call the maintenance and repair experts from Markham Garage Doors today at either (905) 472-9178 or (416) 570-3667 to schedule a service visit at your convenience.
Factors That Affect the Operation of a Garage Door in the Winter
Winter Weather Conditions Can Result in a Need for Garage Door Repair Service
After an unseasonably mild and snow-free beginning to winter, the inevitability of stormy weather and cold temperatures have finally arrived. This means that many winter rituals have also returned, such as wearing warmer clothing, enjoying a cup of hot chocolate, and stocking up on rock salt and windshield washer fluid.
Okay, these may not be rituals in the purest sense but they are common comforts and safety practices for a vast number of homeowners, in much the same way that they take solace in knowing that their garage door is working properly – especially on those bitter cold days and nights when homeowners want to enter or exit their garages quickly and effortlessly and without having to deal with the outside elements.
Unfortunately, winter weather and temperatures can conspire to derail the reliability of a garage door and hence disrupt the homeowner’s desire, make that need, for a smoothly functioning garage door throughout this season; in other words, that are climate conditions that can make a garage door bang, clang, stick, and even fail altogether during the winter, in contrast to quieter and more dependable opening-and-closing at other times of the year.
Much of the sub-par performance of a garage door in winter can be directly attributed to cold temperatures, although wind, snow, and ice, or any combinations thereof, can have adverse effects on doors and automatic door openers too. These environmental factors can produce a number of conditions that will cause a garage door or door-opening device to malfunction or fail altogether throughout winter season:
- Metal contraction
- Wood frame contraction
- Hardening of vinyl or rubber
- Cracking/shattering of plastic
- Moisture absorption (wood doors)
- Increased viscosity of grease/lubricants
As a result of such circumstances, garage doors and their accessories may be subjected to several types of minor or major damage, including:
- Broken springs or cables
- Bent or misaligned tracking
- Cracked/split or frozen rollers
- Shifted or imbalanced door weight
- Ineffective weather stripping/gaskets
- Excessive strain on door opener motors
- Seized or corroded hardware/metal parts
- Interference with the safety reversal system setup
If any of the above issues arise throughout the winter, they will undoubtedly require the services of garage door repair professionals to rectify the matter quickly and efficiently in order to restore full function to the garage door or opener and alleviate the associated inconveniences to the homeowner and their family.
When such actions are required, homeowners can rely on the award-winning services of Markham Garage Doors, a recognized leader in the repair and replacement of garage doors in Toronto and the GTA.
Garage Door Spring Repair is a Common Consequence of Winter Temperatures
When temperatures drop, garage door springs are often prone to breaking, especially if they have been in routine use for several years. Cold weather can cause a metal spring to stiffen or become brittle, which in turn affects its response/movement when opening or closing the door; due to the weight of the door, the affected spring experiences undue or excessive pressure, causing it to break or snap.
Whether garage doors are raised and lowered manually or by automatic door openers, it is actually the springs that do the majority of the work; therefore, when a spring breaks, it can essentially incapacitate the door and, depending on the circumstances, also cause severe damage to the door, its components, and/or its accessories.
In such cases, homeowners will benefit from the services of garage door spring repair experts like the technicians from Markham Garage Doors. These specialists will respond quickly and efficiently to ensure that:
- The spring repair is completed in a safe and proper manner
- A thorough inspection is done to assess any residual damage
- Any other necessary repairs are addressed (cables, hardware)
- The weight of the garage door is properly balance/re-established
- The garage door opener is inspected, reset, and tested accordingly
Furthermore, in the event that any secondary damage is sufficient enough to warrant a full garage door replacement, the team from Markham Garage Doors can expedite this action to minimize the amount of inconvenience and disruption created by the lack of a functioning door.
If the cold temperatures this winter affect the operation of your garage door, including a snapped or broken spring, call the repair specialists from Markham Garage Doors today at (416) 570-3667 or (905) 472-9178 to schedule a service call as soon as possible and limit the inconvenience that any garage door issues cause for you and your family.
Reasons Why Your Garage Door May Stop Working in Winter
Winter Conditions Make a Garage Door More Vulnerable to Repair, Replacement
An attached garage has become a fixture for the vast majority of homes today. Unlike a previous era when garages were customarily separated/detached from the residence, the incorporation of garage space with living space simply offers too many conveniences for homeowners; this often includes an additional means of direct access to the home and, in the case of a garage door opener, the ability to avoid inclement weather when going to and from the home and the car.
A significant contributor to the enjoyment/appreciation of such amenities is the operation of the garage door. Day after day, and sometimes several times each day, homeowners rely on their garage door to open and close basically on demand – and it usually does so, in some cases up to 1,500 times a year for a period of seven to 10 years.
This reliability is the fundamental reason why homeowners are so inconvenienced, not to mention rather upset, when the garage door suddenly fails. And while no time is a good time for a garage door to stop working, it can be particularly frustrating when it happens during the bitter cold of the winter season; all of the comforts of direct/dry access to the home and the car are placed on hold when a garage door fails in the winter. This angst can be further compounded if the failure/damage is such that a garage door replacement is needed, as this could be a significant expense at a most inopportune time of the year.
There are several reasons why a garage door is more susceptible to failing during winter than at other times of the year. The most prevalent root causes would consist of:
- Metal contraction
- A build-up of snow/ice
- Rock salt accumulation
- Accidents/weather damage
- Hardened/thickened grease
As a result of the above conditions, homeowners could face any number of garage door-related issues, including:
- Broken garage door cables
- Broken garage door springs
- Dented or damaged doors/panels
- Malfunctioning/faulty door openers
- Jammed/uneven/partly-open doors
- Twisted/misaligned tracks or rollers
- Torn or separated weather stripping
- Rusted, corroded, or seized hardware
Should one or perhaps more of the above problems arise over the winter, it will be most advisable to have the situation assessed as quickly as possible by a professional garage door service provider such as Markham Garage Doors. The technicians from Markham Garage Doors will be able to determine whether specific repair work would be sufficient or if the extent of the damage would be better resolved by a garage door replacement.
Prompt Attention to Garage Door Repairs is a Must, Particularly in the Winter
The importance of prompt attention to garage door repair needs cannot be understated, at any time of the year but particularly during the cold weather of the winter season.
In some cases, immediate action can limit any service to repair work only, hence sparing the homeowner from the expense of a full garage door replacement. But regardless of repair or replacement, the value of swift and skilled service can be reflected through the prompt restoration of one or more of the following:
- Energy efficiency
- Home and family security
- Protection of personal property
- Entry/egress (in cases of emergency)
In most cases, Markham Garage Doors can provide same-day garage door repair service or, if requested/required, emergency services outside of their customary business hours at a premium rate. The skilled technicians from Markham Garage Doors will be able to quickly identify the cause/source of the problem and complete the necessary action(s) to resolve the matter in a timely manner.
Such actions might include repairing, replacing, and/or lubricating:
- Springs and cables
- Broken door panels
- Garage door opener
- Seized parts (hinges)
- Tracks and/or rollers
If you experience a garage door failure due to winter weather conditions, call the repair and installation experts from Markham Garage Doors today at (416) 570-3667 or (905) 472-9178 to arrange a service call as soon as possible and minimize the amount of inconvenience to you and your family.
How to Maintain Your Garage Throughout Winter and Its Storms
Proactive Winter Maintenance Will Help to Prevent Costly Garage Door Repairs
For many people, parking their car in the garage on a cold and blustery winter day elicits a sigh of relief that they have arrived home safe and sound. And when the garage door is closed behind them, there can be an added sense of security that they and their family can now contentedly relax and unwind within the sanctuary of their home.
Amidst all such feelings of comfort, it is unlikely that much if any thought was given to the actual role played by the garage door itself, particularly if it was opened and closed by an automatic garage door opener. In the vast majority of cases, homeowners would just assume that the door and the opener will function properly and as expected, to the point where many people will already have entered the home before the door was fully closed and secure.
Unfortunately, garage doors and their related hardware and accessories are not immune to malfunction or damage, and a lack of care or attention, albeit unintentional or perhaps due to more pressing priorities, can result in extensive and expensive garage door repair costs. While disconcerting at any time of the year, the inconvenience and frustrations of garage door failures/repairs can tend to be further magnified during the winter months.
There are several benefits to homeowners in protecting their garage door and the garage itself from the effects of winter’s bitterly cold temperatures and severe weather/storms. These benefits would include:
- Assurance of reliability
- Avoiding unnecessary repairs
- Increasing energy efficiencies
- Extending the lifecycle of the door
- Safeguarding of home and property
- Reducing the risks of personal injury
In order to lay the foundation for the above, homeowners would be well-advised to take precautionary steps both in the fall and throughout the winter months as follows:
- Fall Garage Door Inspection and Maintenance
- Lubricate all moving parts (except rollers/tracking)
- Inspect and replace weather stripping if/as needed
- Brush/wipe rollers/tracking and tighten all hardware
- Ensure that garage door opener is working optimally
- Upgrade the insulation (for steel and aluminum doors)
- Paint/stain/seal exterior of the garage door accordingly
- Repair or replace damaged door panels or window inserts
- Winter Garage and Garage Door Maintenance
- Keep garage floor dry – collect/remove melted snow/ice
- Prevent snow and ice build-up along the base of the door
- Sweep away any road salt or sand from the base of door/tracks
- Listen for strain in the motor/drive system of garage door opener
- Watch/listen for sluggish, noisy, or imbalanced door movement
Applying these proactive maintenance measures throughout the fall and winter months can alleviate the inconvenience of a malfunctioning garage door or garage door opener as well as the expense associated with their repair. Furthermore, should any potential or existing issues be identified during the inspection and maintenance phases, homeowners can prevent more extensive costly and damage by contacting a professional garage door repair provider, such as Markham Garage Doors, without delay.
Comprehensive Garage Door Repair and New Garage Door Installation Services
Sometimes, despite homeowners taking all of the right steps/measures, winter weather and storms can still get an upper hand on a garage door, in a manner of speaking, hence creating a need for service/repairs. Depending on the extent of any damage, installation of a new door could be the best and/or only solution.
With respect to garage door repair, the skilled technicians from Markham Garage Doors are fully trained to service all makes and models of doors. The Markham Garage Doors team can customarily provide same-day response to address and repair such issues as:
- Broken garage door springs and cables
- Malfunctioning/non-functioning door openers
- Doors that have jammed/come off the tracks
- Doors damaged via accidents/wind-blown debris
- Weather stripping flawed by icy/freezing conditions
In the event that a new garage door installation is required, Markham Garage Doors also offers a comprehensive selection of doors from leading manufacturers in North America, across all styles and price ranges, to meet varying homeowner needs. The extent of this inventory can be viewed online or by a visit to their 1000 square-foot showroom, located at 176 Bullock Drive, Unit 11, in Markham.
Winter weather/storms can be especially detrimental to the condition and operation of a garage door. If you would like a pre-winter garage door inspection and a tune-up or find yourself in need of repair or installation services over the winter, call the specialists at Markham Garage Doors at (905) 472-9178 or (416) 570-3667 to book a service visit.