If you experience extreme winter conditions, your garage may suddenly freeze shut which can be inconvenient or even dangerous for you and can cause a lot of damage to your garage system. Here are some ways to prevent your garage from freezing:
Insulate The Garage
A good first step to take to prevent your garage doors from freezing shut when the temperatures drop is to add some insulation to the garage door. Adding some insulation also helps to make the environment inside the garage more comfortable, and should stop most problems with freezing. If you can keep the inside of the garage itself at a warmer temperature, then the garage doors will stay warmer too, even on very cold days. This measure ought to significantly reduce the risk of the doors freezing to the ground, or problems with the motors and other elements that may be part of the opening system of the garage door.
Clear Snow Away From The Garage Doors
You can make a big difference to the risk of your garage doors becoming frozen shut by making sure you always shovel away any snow that has accumulated against them. If you can get rid of any ice or snow as soon as you can after it has fallen, you should be able to prevent it from refreezing into place and causing you a problem that will be a lot harder to deal with.
Use a Space Heater
Another good way to keep your garage at a slightly warmer temperature and reduce the risk of garage doors freezing closed is to use a small space heater inside the garage. You can find space heaters available as gas-powered or electric, depending on whether you have access to power points in the garage.
Natural gas and propane heaters are usually more budget-friendly to operate, but they can be more expensive to have installed and you'll want to be careful to not use them with the door closed or you can get sick. An electric space heater might be an easier choice for a lot of people, despite the fact that they are more expensive to buy and to operate.
Use A Silicone Based Lubricant Or Table Salt
Ask a garage door repair company to recommend a good silicone spray. This spray should then be applied to the rubber weather seal that is at the bottom of your garage doors. By doing this, you will be able to prevent the doors from getting stuck to the ground. It will also help to extend the life of your weather seal.
If you can’t get hold of a suitable silicone spray, you can use ordinary table salt instead. Use the salt to create a freeze-proof barrier between the cold ground and the bottom of the garage door.
With these simple tips, you can prevent your garage from freezing shut in the winter. Save yourself time by avoiding fighting with a frozen garage door on a cold morning just so you can get the car out, and reduce the risk of damaging the mechanisms and motors in the door by forcing a stuck door.