insulated garage doors 2016 checklistWhen you consider the fact that for 4 months of the year, Toronto residents can look forward to daily lows of under 0 °C, it is easy to understand why winterizing your garage door is such an important task. Whatever type of door you have installed at the moment, we recommend not only winterizing it by following the tips below but ensuring it is in good working order too. The last thing you need when returning home from work in sub-zero temperatures is to find that you are unable to park your car inside your garage because you cannot open the door! Worry no more, because insulated garage doors are here to help!

How to Make Sure Insulated Garage Doors Are Ready for Winter

Whether you live in Vaughan, Richmond Hill, or further afield, the following suggestions should help you ensure that your garage door is ready for whatever winter has in store this year.

  • Check the Opening Mechanism – Inspect all springs, rollers, hinges, and cables – Go over all of the components in your door opening mechanism carefully, to make sure they are free of corrosion and well lubricated. Replace any that are too far gone for repair; clean and lubricate the rest. Once you have completed this task, open and close the door several times to make sure that it is operating smoothly. If you are not confident in your ability to carry out this important task, or you simply don’t have the time, you can of course call and arrange for our team of maintenance experts to do it for you.
  • Insulation – Insulated garage doors are only truly useful if they are indeed properly insulated so you should make sure that there are no holes or cracks in the surface of your door that go all the way through the insulating material inside. If your door is not insulated, there are two options open to you: you can either purchase foam board to attach to the inside of the door and hope that it proves to be effective, or you can invest in a completely new door that will last you for many years. We have a wide range of affordable and attractive insulated garage doors for sale so please do not hesitate to get in touch if you are considering replacement rather than repair this year.
  • Exterior Surface – At the same time as checking for damage to insulation, you should check to see if the surface of your garage door is becoming brittle or beginning to peel away due to a lack of adhesion. Either of these conditions could compromise the insulating properties of the door in question and necessitate repair or replacement shortly. If you happen to live close to our showroom, in Vaughan itself, or neighboring Richmond Hill, you are always welcome to visit us to discuss the state of your existing doors or to request a quote for new insulated garage doors. If you live further out in the Greater Toronto Area, feel free to call or email us to ask for advice at any time.

In addition to ensuring you never get stuck outside because your garage door fails to open, a thorough inspection will expose any wear and tear that could hurt the insulating properties of the door and will allow you to do something about it. To discuss our catalog of high-quality overhead garage doors or to ask any questions you may have about winterizing your existing door, call today at (905) 532-9770. Smart Doors Garage door professionals are ready and waiting to assist you in any way that we can.