Why Liftmaster Makes Sense for the Winter Ahead.

With the winter season is quickly approaching, now is the time to take any and all necessary precautions to prepare your home for the unpredictable weather ahead. Most homeowners will focus on areas of the home that are susceptible to cold air seeping into the house such as windows and doors. Other areas of the house that homeowners focus on are insulating pipes and caulking doorways, but one area that many homeowners fail to pay attention to is the garage door.

For a majority of families, the garage acts as the main point of entrance to the home. Hazardous weather can easily compromise the integrity of your home’s garage door, which is why it is important to invest in a garage door system that can be trusted. LiftMaster garage doors are one of the most trusted brands of professionally installed garage doors and residential garage door openers. Here are tips provided by LiftMaster that can help you keep your home warm and safe during the holiday season.

Functioning Properly

It is important that your garage door is working properly during the winter. Cold air and snow can cause significant damage to parked cars. The first place to look is the weather stripping around the garage door. Ensure that it’s keeping out cold air and replace any seal that looks damaged or that are missing. Also check and make sure that the garage door opener is working properly. LiftMaster provides a 3 step safety check that looks over major performance standards.

Connected Garage

The convenience of having a connected garage system is irreplaceable. A connected garage system allows the homeowner to open, close and operate the garage door from a separately connected device. This can be very useful if you need the ability to access your garage from a remote location, a great example is if you need to open the garage door for someone visiting when you are away from your home or in the event of forgetting to close the garage door.

Second Option

Winter weather also brings other challenges that’s difficult to plan for such as power outages and electrical issues. LiftMaster provides options for a secondary power source to operate garage door operating systems without having access to main power supply.

Time for Replacement

Operating issues should be expected for older garage door systems, especially during the winter season. Metal components on garage doors can contract during colder weather, leading to other operating issues such as broken springs. A garage door expert should be consulted for an inspection of older garage doors or a full replacement is recommended.

 

How to Maintain Your Steel Garage Door

Keeping your garage door in good condition is important to the value of your garage and your home or business. A secure, well functioning door will increase the security of your home and your family as well as add effortless convenience and access to your garage. When looking for a new installation, we recommend steel garage doors for their low maintenance and their durability. Offered in a variety of styles, even styles to mimic wood finishes in any color. Steel doors will last you a long time if you take good care of them.

Here are some simple maintenance tips on how to extend the longevity of your steel garage door:

Oil the Torsion Springs

These are the springs right above the door on the inside. Use a lightweight motor oil and apply it in a thin line across the top of the springs leaving 2-3 inches on either end. Extension springs do not need oil, so avoid doing that. You should only oil the springs in your garage door once or twice a year.

Apply a lubricant (not grease) to the curved segments of the track

Also referred to as the ‘radius sections’ of the tracks, lubricating the curved segments of tracks will keep wheels and rollers moving smoothly. Avoid using grease – it will have the opposite effect. Grease is like a magnet for dirt and dust which will clog the tracks and get stuck to the moving parts of your garage door. You should only use lubricant every six months.

Wash Your Garage Door

Prevent erosion by washing the outside of your door with soap and water. Because your door is constantly exposed to the elements, over time it is at risk of a build up of corrosive substances that can get into the cracks of your door. Next time you wash your car in the driveway, give your garage door a quick rinse. Washing your door every so often will prevent any potential build up.

Garage door maintenance

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IMPORTANT: If something breaks or malfunctions with your garage door or garage door opener, it can be dangerous to try and fix it yourself. You should always contact a professional.

At A-1 Fleet Door Service we offer scheduled maintenance such as these quick fixes as well as others to keep your residential or commercial garage door in good working shape.  We also offer installation and 24 hour repair on all garage doors and openers, whether we installed them or not. It is important to keep your door ‘on track’. Call today to learn more information at 603.553.9797 or email us a1fleetds@aol.com

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