Our Top Tips for Getting Your Garage Ready for the Return of Cold Weather

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As summer begins to wind down and school starts, there’s no better time than now to get the upper-hand on preparing your garage door for the inevitable return of cold weather in the weeks and months ahead. If you’re from the far reaches of South Dakota like we are here at South Dakota Overhead Doors, you already know that seasonal weather can change in an instant. It could be 101 degrees today and 44 degrees tomorrow. While we’re quite used to abnormal changes in weather, your garage door can’t always keep up in the same way.

To make certain that your garage door is ready for fall temperatures and the inclement weather the upcoming time of year often brings, we’ve put together our top tips to keep your garage door in its best working order.

  1. Take a close look at your weather stripping and seals: Once temperatures dip, many homeowners face colder temperatures in their homes. While many blame a cold home on aging windows, ductwork, and more, there’s a great chance that the perpetrator of an unsatisfactory home temperature could be caused by, you guessed it: your garage door! *cue the suspenseful music* As the largest moving object on your house, excess cold air can easily enter your garage and filter into your home if your weather stripping is cracked or pulling away from the crevices it’s meant to protect. Much like you would assess sealing on a window or a door, proactively inspecting the weather stripping on your garage door in the summer can ensure you have the time to get ahead of the cold weather. If your stripping is worn and in need of replacement, South Dakota Overhead Doors offers weather stripping installation for your garage door! Call us today and we can come help you out, or stop by our showroom to get the materials you need to do it yourself. We’re here to help!

  2. Get a move on cleaning up your garage: If you’re used to polarizing (no pun intended) weather conditions from mid-fall to the end of winter like we are in the Black Hills of South Dakota, you already know that once warmer weather hits it’s a necessity to spend as much time as you can outside. The kids bikes come out of hiding, the lawn chairs are dusted off, and your garage becomes a free-for-all summer toy store. Don’t get us wrong, a garage is an excellent, central location to store all of your summer fun essentials. However, how many of those essentials actually get put away once summer ends? By November, your garage is not only home to your vehicles and summer essentials, it’s also likely home to snow, ice, and salt carried in from the weather outside. So – to ensure greater safety and the protection of your beloved essentials, find some time to put away all your toys and ensure the inside of your garage is not a constant tripping hazard. (We promise you’ll thank us for this tip a couple months from now.)

  3. Get a head start on repairing your damaged garage door: At South Dakota Overhead Doors, many of the repairs we make on homes and businesses pertain to hail damage inflicted throughout the summer. For most, waiting until the end of summer to file a hail claim is a must – but why wait? Being proactive about having your garage door assessed for damage is a sure-fire way to get ahead of the masses as they prepare to repair hail damage, come spring. More on that here. Moral of the story: Don’t wait. Collect that insurance check and give us a call to start planning your garage door repair or installation at 605-355-1500.

  4. Schedule a garage door inspection with your friendly garage door experts at South Dakota Overhead Doors: If it’s been years since you last had your garage door checked out, chances are future problems could be patiently waiting to spring up once cold weather returns. From inspecting your cables, hinges and rollers to assessing the efficiency of your garage door’s operation, our garage door pros can easily identify and eliminate any potential for garage door disasters ahead of the coldest days of the year. Just like you visit your eye doctor on an annual basis, an annual, professional inspection of your garage door is certain to give you the peace of mind you need to forgo the fear of having your garage door stop working on -35 degree day. With the right garage door and opening system – these inspections should be painless. If not, we’ve got the tools and expertise needed to get you back on track.

If you’ve made it this far, we hope we’ve equipped you with a bit of insider knowledge on garage doors to keep you safe and warm this fall and winter. Should you have any questions, feel free to stop by our showroom in Rapid City or give us a call at 605-355-1500!


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