Summer Heat and Your Garage Door

Did you know the summer heat can wreak havoc on your garage door? Here are some signs that the heat is becoming a little too much for it.

We've all had sunlight interfere in the opening or closing of our garage door. This often happens when sunlight reflects off a garage door's sensors making it seem like something is blocking the door's path. It's frustrating and inconvenient but can be easily fixed by blocking sunlight from the sensors with something opaque like a piece of cardboard. Remember to only block the sunlight, don't put anything in the actual path of the sensors. 

Heat also causes parts of a garage door to begin expanding, including the panels. This can result in all kinds of oddities from weird sounds as your door is opening or closing to abnormal movements in the door. Having your car stuck inside or outside the garage because it won't open or close is never fun. 

What can you do to prevent the summer heat from causing trouble?

Routinely inspect the hardware and keep your door lubricated. You can easily check visible parts for wear and tear and missing pieces. Lubrication will keep your door running smoothly. Remember to use a proper garage door lubricant.

Keep the door clean and routinely test it. This is one of the simplest maintenance tips. By keeping your door clean and giving it regular tests you'll be able to spot any damages right away.

You can also always check the owner's manual for your door for any warnings specific to extreme weather. If you notice odd noises or see your door struggling to open and close properly, it may be time for a tune up. Barton Overhead Door offers reliable garage door repair to Tracy, CA, and beyond!