If you are wanting to upgrade your garage door but have been putting it off because it’s winter, you don’t have to wait anymore. There are steps you can take to properly install a garage door in the colder weather. The team here at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair has put together these useful tips when installing a garage door in the winter.
Prepare Your Pipes to Protect from Freezing
If you live in a colder area or if there are some below freezing temperatures in the forecast, make sure you prepare your pipes. You don’t want to have to deal with broken pipes because they got frozen. Wrap your pipes in insulating material prior to your scheduled installation day.
You can even turn off the water for that day to further protect your pipes. If you have your washer and dryer in the garage, make sure you drain the water from your washer. Even just a small amount of water left in your washer can cause it to freeze when you have an exposed garage.
Add Supplemental Heating to Adjacent Rooms
Many are surprised at how efficient a garage door is at keeping out the weather. On installation day, you will find that adjacent rooms to the garage will experience a drop in temperature. Depending on how cold it is outside, you might find yourself frozen while in your house.
To prevent this, you can prepare by setting up some heaters in the adjacent rooms, wear extra layers, and put a thick blanket over the doorway that leads to the garage.
Check the Weather Forecast
We don’t get the weather extremes here in Phoenix that much of the US experiences. If you do live in an area that experiences cold winters, make sure you check the weather forecast. Some reasons you will want to delay your installation would be stronger winds, forecasted blizzard conditions, or ice that would make it hard to work with the heavy equipment.
Wear Appropriate Clothing
This might seem like a given to some, but make sure you dress for cold weather. Important things to make sure you have on hand are good, insulated gloves that allow you to still grasp tools and heavy boots with thick tread. The boots are going to be the important part as you climb up and down a ladder, you want tread that will keep you from falling off.
Budget Enough Time
It takes a homeowner about one day for a typical garage door installation. If you are working in cold weather, you will need to budget more time for the breaks you need. If the thermometer is approaching the teens or even lower, you are going to want to come inside to warm up every 30 minutes or so. You can see how this job will quickly turn into a two-day job, so make sure you have the necessary time available before you start.
Call Us to Install the Door for You
If you are feeling a little less confident about the job, you can always give our team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair a call to install the door for you. We have experience installing hundreds of doors and can quickly get the job done, no matter what the weather is. Give us a call today to help you out!