The winter weather has taken its toll on your home and property. Your yard and driveway have been iced over and covered in snow, and the chilly winds have caused twigs and branches to fly across the area. Your garage even seems to have suffered from the unfriendly elements.
With the warmer weather approaching, you know you should prepare your home for the coming elemental changes. However, with so many things to organize and take care of, you may not know where to start.
In the blog below, we outline a seven-step checklist to help you take on area off your to-do list: your garage. Read on to learn exactly how you can prepare your garage for springtime.
- Inspect Your Garage Door
Depending on where you live, the winter weather could have done a number on your garage door. Before spring arrives, you’ll want to inspect the garage door. Look for the following issues:
- Peeling paint
Additionally, you’ll want to check any glass or other components on the physical door. For example, if your garage door has windows, you’ll want to inspect them for cracks, chips, and holes. You’ll also want to examine the caulk or insulation between the garage door and the glass.
Once you locate the damage, fix it yourself if you can. However, if the damage is too extensive or looks too difficult for you to manage on your own, contact a garage door company. A technician from this business can repair your garage door and restore it to functioning condition.
- Check the Weather Stripping
After you check the door for damage, you should look at the weather stripping on the base of the door. Look for any signs of wear and tear, including cracks, rips, and crumbling. If the weather stripping has worn down, replace it with a new one. This new material will keep the door sealed tight and safeguard your garage against melting ice and snow.
If the weather stripping appears intact, you’ll want to clean it. Removing any ice, debris, or dirt buildup allows the weather stripping to function properly and further block out water. Simply fill a bucket with warm, soapy water and use a rag to wipe away any dirt and grime. After you’ve cleaned the weather stripping, be sure to wipe it dry.
- Clean the Track
You should also clean the garage door track. If you can, use a broom to sweep away any large chunks of dirt and debris. If you have a leaf blower, use that device to further clean the track under the door.
Once you’ve rid the track of larger debris, you’ll want to wipe down the track to clear it of any grease or sticky particles. You should also remove any ice that may have gotten into the track. Again, use a mixture of warm, soapy water and rags to clean the bottom track. You can also use other cleaners to clear the track of hard-to-clean gunk and grime.
Don’t forget about the side and overhead tracks. Even though they won’t get as dirty as the bottom track, you’ll still want to clean them thoroughly. Clear the upper tracks of spider webs, dust, and other debris; scrub the insides of the tracks, and wipe them dry.
After you’ve completed this step, make sure to lubricate the tracks so your garage door moves up and down smoothly and easily.
- Look at the Small Parts
The small components of a garage door matter as much as the entire structure. Take a look at the small parts that support your garage. These components could include:
- Springs and coils
- Angle irons
- Jamb brackets
- Bearing plates
- Winding cones
- Stationary cones
- Cable drums
Inspect these parts for any damage or wear and tear. If they look dirty, dust them off as well.
- Maintain the Floor
Add to the overall look of your garage and clean the floor. Scan the flooring and look out for the following problems:
- Oil and grease stains
Pay attention to the slope of the floor as well. If it looks like it’s sinking in or buckling under, you may have a more serious problem on your hands. Schedule repairs and maintenance if you can’t fix the issue yourself.
- Organize the Space
Spring cleaning may seem like a tedious task, but it doesn’t have to be so difficult-especially if you prepare ahead of time. Take a few weekends to sort through your belongings in your garage. Dispose of items you don’t use anymore and keep the materials that have value.
For more tips on creating a functional, clear space, read through our previous blog about organizing a garage.
- Schedule Repairs and Maintenance Services
Finally, contact your local garage door expert and schedule repair or maintenance services. If you can fix the broken part sooner (rather than later), you’ll greatly reduce your risk for more costly damage in the future.
As the winter snow starts to thaw, take the above-listed tips into consideration so you can prepare your garage for the warmer weather. Want more information and tips on maintaining or improving your garage? Check out the rest of our blog!