In most parts of the country, garages are especially appreciated at this time of year. Even if you don’t live in a colder climate, it’s important to do an annual inspection and routine maintenance to keep everything in working order.
Make sure yours is doing its job well by following the care tips below.
Check The Tracks
You’ll want to make sure the garage door can go up and down smoothly. Get your leaf blower and blow any cobwebs, bugs or leaves from the track.
With older doors, you’ll also need to oil the metal rollers, hinges and tracks in order to keep everything moving easily.
Inspect For Pests
This time of year, pests are searching for a warm place to take shelter and find food. Look along the walls where they meet the foundation and double-check any spots where you’ve had moisture problems.
If you see chewed wood or trails of sawdust, call an exterminator because they could be signs of termites or carpenter ants.
Insulate Your Garage
If you have a workshop or gym located out in the garage, then insulating this space is a must for colder climates. Not only will it make your home warmer, but also it will reduce your electricity bills. You can buy DIY kits for under $100.
However, be careful if your door is over nine feet wide, because the extra weight can be too much for some opening mechanisms.
Spend Time On The Floor
Don’t actually get down on the floor, but definitely give it some care. Move everything out and hose down the entire surface. Patch any gaps to prevent tripping. Then give the foundation a good inspection.
If you notice mold or major cracks, call a contractor to come take a look and see if you have settling or water drainage issues.
Consider Replacing The Doors
You’ll know it’s time to replace your door when the panels are rusted and scratched or there are wooden ones that are warped. There are many decent replacement options, including wood, steel or aluminum.
The prices can range from high to reasonable depending on the quality of the material. If you decide to do a replacement, talk to an expert and take your climate into account.