It’s February folks, and you know what that means? That’s right, we’re in the midst of winter and your garage door is still taking a beating (oh, and Valentine’s Day is around the corner too).
Last month, we here at the Overhead Door Company of Des Moines went over some ways to help you maintain your garage door during the winter. However, for those especially frosty February days, it helps to know a few additional tricks to keep it from freezing shut.
Sometimes, You Just Gotta Shovel
It’s not the most glamorous answer, but it’s usually the thing that works best. If you don’t want your garage door to freeze, you have to try your best to keep it clean. Brushing away excess ice and snow in between the times when you go out to shovel the full driveway is usually all it takes to prevent the build-up that causes garage doors to freeze shut.
Feel the Heat
Space heaters are good for more than just keeping your basement livable during the winter months, they can also help to combat the elements in your garage. Keeping a pair of small, sturdy space heaters handy will not only make the morning trudge to your car a bit easier, they’ll also help to keep the weather seal (that’s the fancy name for that thin piece of rubber on the bottom of your garage door) from cracking and the battery in your opener from draining – just make sure to be mindful of the cords and unplug them when you’re not using them.
Look in the Pantry
Heavy-duty ice melt is essential during the winter. However, we’ll forgive you if you chose to stay in during that cold weekend when you probably should have been at the hardware store picking up a bag. In those instances when you need something to break down icy build-up, look no further than your pantry for assistance. Both table and Kosher salt are serviceable replacements for the heavy-duty stuff. Just sprinkle a little seasoning near the weather seal, let it marinate and watch as your garage door returns to its former glory.
Just Add Water
If your garage door does freeze, the solution may seem a little counterintuitive – adding water. Pouring a small amount of warm (not boiling!) water on the weather seal could be the answer to unsticking it and preventing you from having to take more drastic steps.
If you’d like any additional tips or think you might need to replace the weather seal on your garage door, call the trained professionals at the Overhead Door Company of Des Moines today!
Plus, be sure to come check us out at the Des Moines Home & Garden Show at the Iowa Events Center starting this Thursday, Feb. 7 at noon and going through Sunday, Feb. 10. For tickets and more information click here.