When you are focused on keeping your home warm during the winter months, do you worry that part of your problem is the garage door? Alternatively, if you have a freestanding garage and feel like the winter temperatures negatively affect your vehicles, you may be wondering how you can ameliorate that situation without spending a lot of extra money. In other words, if you walk into your garage and it feels cold, we have a few tips about garage door repair, inspection, and maintenance that may be right up your alley.
Reasons garage door renovations are worth the money
Of course, if you have someone come in and make adjustments to your garage and the door, you may wonder if it will be worth the money you invested. In many cases, any renovations that are made to a garage door will be a single investment that lasts many years. Over time, the main advantage to any type of garage maintenance, renovation, replacement, inspection or repair is that you will save a significant amount of money on utilities. In the case of free-standing garages, you will have the advantage of a vehicle that does not have starting issues due to the cold in the winter months. In addition, depending on the area you live, you may have tax incentives or rebates for choosing energy-efficient renovations that can help homeowners save money.
How garage door repair keeps the winter drafts away
Many homeowners find that they do not need to replace their garage door, but getting it repaired before the winter months is essential. For example, the seal between the bottom of the garage door and the concrete may need to be replaced. Doing that will keep the draft from coming in and lowering the temperature of your garage. Sometimes, homeowners find that getting the seal replaced at the bottom of the door is a job that they cannot do themselves very easily in order to get the right effect. In some cases, the concrete area where the garage door makes contact will also need to be sanded or adjusted to ensure that cold drafts do not get inside the garage.
Scheduling garage door inspections for lower winter bills
Homeowners that are not sure whether or not their garage door is the cause of their high utility bills may want to have regular garage door inspections specifically for monitoring heat loss. This can be as simple as having a door specialist stop by and measure heat loss from the outside of the door with a heat gauge. Once the data is compiled over a short period of time by a garage door specialist, they can help homeowners decide if investing in garage door replacement with an energy efficient model is a good idea.
How regular garage maintenance lowers utilities
During the winter months, garage door maintenance that occurs after major weather events might need to be a priority if there is a lot of ice or flooding due to poor building design. This is also an important documentation measure if you have the unfortunate experience of filing a lawsuit against local municipalities for flood damage. However, having one initial garage door appointment before summer or winter are the usual ways homeowners see savings on their utility bills. For example, in the winter, a specialist will arrive to give all of the working equipment a thorough testing and all of the electrical parts will also be tested with specialized equipment.
Ask for a garage door longevity estimate
No one wants to have their garage door become non-operational in the winter — and no one wants to pay extra utilities for the biggest door in the house standing wide open while you wait for it to be fixed. Sadly, if the timing is wrong, it can be difficult to get some replacement parts in the winter for certain types of garage doors. On the other hand, if you call a garage door specialist and ask them to estimate how much more life your garage door and its motors have, it can help you avoid an unexpected breakdown. Door specialists can also help you understand your warranties and whether your garage unit has prematurely expired.
Your first step is garage door inspection
Now that you have a better understanding of the advantages of having regular garage door services, the next step is to give us a call for an inspection. Once we arrive, we will give you a thorough feedback session about our inspection and ask you if you would like additional repairs (if necessary). After our first visit, you can call us when you need emergency help with the garage door or ask for specific services like the ones mentioned in this article. To get started, give us a call and we can schedule an appointment with you or contact us using our form. Thank you for choosing Texas Overhead Door, and we look forward to hearing from you in the North Texas area.