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 Dodge City 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. Taking special care to clear away any icy build-up around the base of your garage door is arguably the best thing you can do for it during the winter. At the very least, try to brush away the frost from time to time to keep it clear and prevent it from cracking.
Feel the Heat
Unfortunately, most folks don’t have in-floor heat or an infrared heater installed. Instead, we have to look for more cost-effective ways to keep the chill from creeping in. 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 know there will be instances where you forgot to stock up and every place in town will be sold out. In those instances, look to your kitchen table for the solution. 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 Dodge City today!