Summer weather is here and that means high temperatures and even humidity. Summer heat can affect many things including your garage door. It’s important to know how to protect your door from heat and humidity during the summer months.
Here are a few tips from the team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair to get you started.
Protecting Your Door Sensors
Most new garage doors have safety sensors that keep you safe. You can usually find these on either side of your door a few inches above the floor. If something blocks the path of the sensors, the door will stop. This keeps injuries from happening.
Summer heat can prevent your sensors from working. If you have your door open for long periods during the summer, the sunlight can harm the sensors. Direct sunlight can trigger the sensors and affect how the opener works as well. Try keeping your door closed more often or place shades over the sensors. You buy shades through the manufacturer.
Beware Of Humidity Damage
It’s not just heat that affects your garage door, but the humidity levels can damage it too.
You probably have weather-stripping along the floor of the garage and the perimeter of the door. This helps control the climate of the garage. It also keeps out any dirt or water from getting into your garage.
If you have high heat and humidity in your area, you may notice issues with the weather- stripping. Humidity can decrease the adhesive in the weather seal.
If you paint the panels on your door, humidity can cause the paint to run into the weather seal. To keep this from happening, make sure you paint before the warm months. Also, check for paint spots before you replace your weather seal. The seal won’t stick if there’s paint.
One of the most common issues during the summer months is rust. The moisture from the humidity stays on door parts and causes rust. During these months, do frequent checks on your door. Take a dry cloth and wipe the excess moisture from these parts.
Should I Worry About Summer Storms?
In addition to the heat, summertime tends to bring wet weather. It’s best to prepare for these storms ahead of time. Summer storms can bring excessive rain and power outages. You can protect your door from damage by taking extra measures:
- Secure loose panels – if you have any loose panels, make sure to call your local experts. They’ll either replace them or install a brand new door.
- Replace weather seals – the weather seals should lay flush up against the floor and the door when it’s closed. If you notice any tears or worn places, replace it right away. A strong seal will keep out water and debris.
- Invest in a backup battery – a backup battery system will let you use your door in a power outage.
These are just a few things you can do to protect your door from storm damages.
Summer heat can affect your door but these are some things you can do to avoid heat damage. If you have any garage door repair needs, contact our team today.