Fall garage prep is all about preparing your home for winter. As the temperature drops, there are many jobs you will not want undertake in the cold. At the Overhead Door Company of Western Kentucky™, we want you to be prepared for winter. Be sure to complete these tasks before the end of autumn to ready your garage and your home for the upcoming winter months.
Perform a simple maintenance check
Your garage door’s functionality can decline as the temperature drops. When the air gets colder, the lubricating agents on your garage door track become less effective. Reapply lubricant to your garage door system’s moving parts. Use a low temp grease on the opener’s chain or screw, and a spray lubricant to coat the overhead springs, hinges, rollers, and tracks. The alignment of your door is also important in cold weather. Precious heat can be lost through your garage if your door does not align with its track. Close your door and check the edges for any gaps in the seal. Replace weather stripping as needed. If your door is not properly aligned, call a professional at the Overhead Door Company of Western Kentucky™.
Stow summer items
Unless you are planning to convert your baby pool into an ice rink, there are certain items that will need to be stored until next summer. Patio furniture, umbrellas, and lawn ornaments will all need to be moved into storage. Lawn care equipment like your lawnmower, garden hoses, and sprinklers, will also need to be stored indoors. For many homeowners, the natural place to store these items is the garage. Consider adding new storage systems before moving all of this equipment into your garage. Ceiling storage and wall-mounted systems are inexpensive and efficient.
Inspect and resurface your garage floor
Small cracks and divots in your garage floor may cause trouble in the winter. When your vehicle tracks snow into your garage, it can melt and refreeze in these imperfections. The ice can expand these cracks and cause further damage to your floor. A polyurethane resin can fill these cracks and prevent additional damage. You can also apply garage floor paint for added durability and style. If you are looking for an even more durable option, consider tile flooring as it is inexpensive and easy to install.
Insulate your improved garage space
Now that you have taken the time to prep your space for winter, it is time for one last step, insulation. The cost of heating your home in the winter is directly correlated to the amount of heat lost through your garage. This simple upgrade to your garage can pay for itself in a season. Keeping this space warm in the winter and cool in the summer adds extra living space to your home.
Fall garage prep prepares you and your home for winter. If you need help with or have any questions about fall garage prep, call the Overhead Door of Western Kentucky™ today.