When the winds start to blow a little cooler, it’s time to consider what all the frost and snow will mean for your property. If your garage door is old or starting to slow down, it may be time to replace it before winter really kicks into gear. In addition to safety concerns, many homeowners don’t realize that the reason why their utility bills are so high is because they’re losing all their heat through a drafty garage door. It’s time to make the decision to replace now rather than later for an easier season.
Stuck In the Middle
Your garage is there to protect your car from being caked with snow and ice. Storing it in a covered space may even make your car less likely to malfunction when the temperatures really fall. But if your garage door is on the edge of collapse and fails to open one day, it means you’re quite literally left out in the cold. If it fails to close, you risk water damage to your property from the snow or potential theft of your valuables.
What to Look For
One of the easiest ways to tell if you need to replace your door is to take stock of the problems you’re facing. Usually, a sudden issue that develops (e.g., the garage door becomes stuck one day) can be fixed without fully replacing the door. It’s when the door is constantly sluggish or consistently inconsistent. These are signs that the mechanisms may just fail completely on the one chilly winter morning that you need to make it out the door on time.
A Few Reminders
Garage doors should be insulated if they’re attached to the home or if you spend a lot of time in the garage. It may be an extra expense, but it will ultimately reduce your utility bill and likely save you money over time. When it comes to the material of the door, there are pros and cons to each option. Wooden garage doors may look great, but they’re not known for providing the best in insulation. Wood is also extremely heavy and it may not last as long as other materials. Steel is obviously stronger than wood, but it’s also prone to rust if the coating becomes scratched. Aluminum is a weaker material than either wood or steel, but its lightweight properties and lower price point makes it a popular option. There are also garage doors that come with fiberglass overlays, though they may require more maintenance than other doors.
From weatherstripping to insulation ratings to garage door materials, there’s a lot to learn before you replace your garage door. Aladdin Doors Kane County can help you work through all the questions you may have about garage door installation. Most people don’t think about their garage doors until it’s too late, but winter is not the time to get stuck. Let us know what you’re looking for when you call today.