Common Winter Damage to Garage Doors

December 11, 2019

As a homeowner, you are well aware of the importance of preparing your home for seasonal weather changes. This includes getting your garage door ready to take on winter weather conditions. While you shouldn’t put off garage door repair in Denver, CO, identifying an issue is the first step. Below are the most common types of garage door problems and damage that homeowners report during winter:

  • Broken door springs: Garage door springs in good condition coil up tight when the door is open and extend without difficulty when closed. It’s when a spring seems to strain that concern is warranted. In winter, the outside temperatures drop, which can cause springs to break or weaken. Cold weather is known to make metal springs brittle and stiff, which is a combination that can snap springs when they are under the weight of an opening or closing door. Broken springs can damage garage door system components or the door itself.
  • Water damage: Heavy rain, snow and ice can all cause water damage to garage doors and spaces—especially old garage doors made of wood. The frames of wood doors can absorb water during wet winters, swelling and warping beyond repair. Water damage leads to friction between the garage door and frame as it moves up or down, which can result in a stuck door. To keep your wood door looking good and functioning well, keep nearby gutters clear of debris to avoid water overflow that can splash and pool around the bottom of your door.
  • Dirty sensors: Garage door sensors sit near the base of your door to detect obstructions, such as vehicles, people, pets and toys. If these sensors are obstructed, they cannot sense objects or bodies in the way. Instead, the door will fail to open or close, or may shift its position unexpectedly. Ensure the safety of your family, pets and cars by keeping garage door sensors clean (wiped away dirt, dust, road salt, etc.).
  • Frozen garage door: When snow, ice and rain make contact with the bottom of your garage door, the water can freeze the door to the ground and seal it shut with ice. This prevents the door from being opened with the clicker, but opening it manually can damage your garage door if you are not careful. Help your door by chipping away at the ice or melting the ice seal with hot water. The best way to avoid a frozen door this winter is to sweep snow and water away from the bottom of the door.
  • Damaged weather-stripping: Another issue associated with ice near the bottom of a garage door is the door’s weather-stripping sticking to the ground. Weather-stripping becomes damaged when the door opens but the strip doesn’t move with it. This peels the strip, so you lose the proper sealing that insulates the inside of your garage space from the elements. Brush away snow and standing water often to prevent damage to the weather-stripping.

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