Making sure your residential garage doors keep your garage cool during stifling hot summer months can be a challenge.
If your door was installed over 10 years ago, it probably doesn’t have proper insulation or the latest technology to maximize safety. Extreme weather conditions, both hot and cold, can wreak havoc on garage doors, and garages without adequate maintenance. It’s a good idea to get a garage door inspection in spring, but if you didn’t, it’s not too late.
A reputable company will be able to tell you after inspection about anything that needs to be replaced or repaired. Be wary of technicians who try to upsell items or aren’t clear with you about what’s wrong or what they’re fixing. Using confusing industry jargon is an old trick to get unsuspecting customers to overpay (or even pay to fix things that are working perfectly fine).
Once you get the all-clear from your inspector, it’s time to get savvy about keeping your summer cool.
Your Garage Door Should Keep Out Heat
If your garage isn’t cooled with your HVAC system (few are), re-assess what you store in this area. Items that are prone to heat damage, including all plastics (toys and even storage bins themselves) should be moved to a temperature-controlled environment.
Be careful about leaving non-perishable foods in the garage too, which is a common practice. Extreme heat can sometimes cook canned items right in their factory containers.
However, the biggest threat of all is the temptation to leave your garage doors open. The sun sets later, and barbequing on the driveway while setting up some chairs in the shade is a fun way to host a party. Keep in mind that open garage doors are open invitations. Never leave an open garage door unattended.
Summer will only be around a couple of months, and then it will be time to start prepping for autumn. If your garage door inspection yielded less than spectacular results, it might be time to think about upgrading . Autumn is the perfect season for homeowners to get better-insulated doors and prevent cold weather damage.
The end of summer also indicates the end of house-hunting season. If you plan to sell your house in the autumn or winter, when home buyers aren’t quite as motivated, you need all the value and upgrades you can get. A new garage door provides a lot of bang for your buck, taking up grand real estate space for a surprisingly affordable price.
From inspections to new door installation, call your local Garage Door Man experts for all your residential garage door needs.