As the weather cools off in fall, many people start to think less about yard maintenance and more about winter sports activities. With the changing seasons, organize and maintain your garage to be more functional for the time of year. Here are 4 ways to prep your garage for winter:
Store Away Spring/Summer Items
As your lawn has likely started going dormant with the cooler weather, you can start storing your lawn care items such as garden hoses, sprinklers, and lawn mowers. If you have any outdoor patio gear such as umbrellas or warm weather toys for the kids, you may want to pack these away to keep them in good shape for next spring.
Organize Winter Equipment
Set up and organize your winter sporting equipment to keep them from becoming tripping hazards. Install racks for your snowboards, skis, and ski poles, which will keep them in good condition and out of the way.
Make sure your snow shovels and de-icers are in an accessible location for clearing your driveway. This will make them accessible to clean sidewalks when the first snows arrive.
Insulate and Heat
Many people use their garages year round. Consider adding insulation and a heating unit. Using weather stripping and caulking around doors and windows to keep your garage comfortable for winter projects is also a good idea.
Maintain Your Garage Door
Your garage winter preparation isn’t complete without checking your garage door opener. Make sure that the track is clean and properly lubricated. Lubricate metal moving parts with a silicon-based material, though you should avoid plastic pieces. Change any batteries in your opener to ensure that your door will operate as needed. We also recommend that you check your garage door’s seals. If they are worn out or torn, contact us to replace them, which requires a professional.
Preparing your garage winter helps maintain it in great condition. If your garage needs a little TLC to be winter ready, call Primos Garage Doors to learn more about our services and to request an estimate for a garage door tune-up.