Can summer heat damage my garage door?

We’ve been getting this question quite a bit this summer, and our answer might surprise you. Yes, hot temps can in fact wreak havoc on your garage door.

One of the most common areas of the garage heat can affect is your garage door opener’s photo eye. When the sun gets bright, the glare can get in the way of your garage door opener’s photo eye, and that can cause the door to fail to open or close when you need it to. Additionally, the hot weather can cause your garage door opener remote to malfunction.

Then there’s the issue of thunderstorms that can get particularly strong in the summertime, especially closer to the ocean. Hail and wind can damage your garage door, and storms can also lead to a power outage or power surge that could cause the power in your garage to go out. To avoid this, we recommend using a single plug surge protector.

Humidity can also affect your garage door in the summertime. When there’s more moisture in the air than usual, it can cause garage doors to stick. We recommend lubricating your garage door parts once a month to help avoid this conundrum.

Warm summer weather can also cause wood garage doors to warp over time and the sun can fade garage door color, too. Cleaning and waxing your garage door can help counter fading, as can applying a fresh coat of paint to spruce up the color.

Once of the best ways to protect your garage door in the summer months is to schedule a check up with a technician from Ramirez Overhead Door.  We can do a thorough check of both your garage door remote and garage door parts to make sure your garage door can stand the heat.

How To Keep Your Garage Cool This Summer

If you think it’s hot outside, just imagine what the temperature is in your garage. During the summer months, garages are often a good five to ten degrees warmer than the temps outside. Without proper ventilation or a good cooling method in place, your garage may not just be uncomfortable – it could be downright dangerous if you’re in it for an extended length of time.

Don’t let summer keep you out of your garage. Instead, follow our tips below to keep it cool this summer.

Park Your Car Elsewhere (for a little while). That’s right. We’re recommending you don’t use your garage to park your car, but only until it cools down. If you park a car that’s just been driven in the garage and close the garage door, the heat from the engine can get trapped inside, raising the temps inside the garage even more.

We recommend parking your car outside the garage (preferable in the shade) and then moving it into the garage when the sun goes down.

Limit Your Time in the GarageYour garage can be a lot more than just a place to put your car. With a little effort (emphasis on the little) your garage can be a workout space, workshop, and even a play area for the kids.

If you’ve got a multi-functioning garage space, or if you enjoy working on your car, consider using the garage in the early morning hours or after the sun goes down during the summer months. Ideally, you should limit your time in the garage between 3-6 p.m. when the temperatures in Vacaville are usually the warmest.

Choose a light-colored garage door. Since darker colors absorb heat, consider choosing a garage door that’s light in color. This is especially important if your garage faces west. Additionally, you can paint your garage exterior walls and roof a lighter color to keep it cooler as well. You could also add trees that will offer shade around your garage, if you’ve got a decent sized area where you can plant.

Use fans. Although fans won’t necessarily lower the air temperature in your garage, they’ll help increase air flow to make it a much more comfortable space to be in. The easiest and least expensive type of fan to use is a simple, inexpensive oscillating fan that you can pick up at any home improvement center. A high-powered shop fan is another great option.

You can place one fan in the window or in the opened garage door area with the fan blowing air outward, while placing another fan in the area you want to the breeze to blow to keep the air circulating.

Invest in a ventilation system. Passive and active ventilation systems are the next step up from the use of fans. Passive ventilation is the easiest and often the least expensive vent system to install and usually consists of spinning turbines in roof vents that get the air moving freely quickly.

Active air ventilation systems are a bit more complex and require installation by a professional.

Air condition your garageIf you spend a lot of time in your garage, or if it’s attached to your home, you may want to think about getting it fitted for central air. If you’ve got a window in your garage, an A/C window unit is another option, provided you’ve got electricity and an outlet near the window to use. Portable air conditioners also work well in the garage, especially because they’re designed to cool a small space.

One of the drawbacks to using A/C in the garage is that it can lead to expensive monthly energy bills. Having the garage set up for central air can be a rather significant financial investment as well.

Insulate your garageIf you’re thinking of going this route, start with an insulated garage door. This alone can help keep your garage cooler. If want to insulate the garage itself, start simple by caulking the windows and your garage door frame. Check to make sure your garage door is fitted properly. If you see any space between the ground and the bottom of the door, give us a call.

 

Happy Memorial Day from Ramirez Custom Overhead Doors

The team at Ramirez Custom Overhead Doors wishes you and your loved ones a safe and happy Memorial Day. We are honored to serve those who have served our country.   

 

Ask Ramirez: Why is my garage door making noise?

Got a garage door question? Ask Ramirez Custom Overhead Doors! Once every month, our team picks a topic and answers one of our most frequently asked questions. Our first addresses noisy garage doors. 

“Why is my garage door making noise?”

Are you hearing clanking, squeaking or a grinding sound when you open or close your garage door? If you are, it’s usually a sign that your garage door is in need of attention — sooner than later. When you hear those suspicious sounds, it’s best to contact a garage door professional who can locate the source of the problem and fix it quickly.

Here are common reasons why garage doors start making noises, and what you can do about it.

Rollers with wear and tear. This is one of the main culprits of a noisy garage door. Rollers, like garage door springs, wear over time. You’ll likely have to replace your rollers once they start making noise. As a general rule, nylon rollers make less noise than nylon rollers.

Your garage door is off track. If you hear a loud cranking or rumbling sound when you open or close your garage door, it could be due to a garage door that’s out of balance or gotten off track. Alignment issues always need to be addressed by a garage door professional. Do this sooner than later, as delaying this repair can lead to bigger issues.

Loose parts. If components like nuts and bolts are loose, you may be able to hear it. Usually, this problem creates a screeching sound. A garage door technician can look closely to quickly find the loose parts and tighten or replace them.

Springs and rollers need lubrication. We recommend lubricating your garage door with a good quality metal lubricator on a regular basis. Luckily, this is an issue that can usually be solved by picking up a can of good quality metal lubricant at your local home improvement store.

Your garage door is old. Sometimes, no matter how well your garage door is maintained and lubricated, it will still make noises. This is usually due to wear and tear from opening and closing for years, if not decades. If this is the case, it’s time to invest in a replacement garage door.

Worried about your noisy garage door? Give our team a call!

Four Reasons to Replace Your Garage Door

Should you repair the garage door you have or invest in a new one? If you’re a homeowner, chances are you’ve been wondered this at some point. It can be difficult to know which option is best. After all, with help from a garage door professional, a garage door issue – like a broken spring or damaged garage door panel – can be fixed quickly.

Other times, however, it makes better sense to purchase a new garage door. With regular maintenance, it can stay in top shape for years to come. Below are four signs that it’s time for a new garage door.

It’s no longer safe. Nothing is more important than keeping you and your family safe. If your garage door no longer fits securely to the frame, or it has older locks or no security features, we recommend replacing it. Older garage doors that fit improperly can be easy targets for thieves. And garage doors with security features like keypad locks are excellent deterrents. It’s also a good idea to invest in a garage door opener with MyQ smart technology by LiftMaster.

It keeps breaking down. If your garage door seems to constantly need repairs, it may be time for a new one. While garage door parts like springs and belts need to be replaced eventually, if several parts are worn, they could continue to break or stop working. Sometimes it’s simply better to replace the garage door than to fix an older one that requires a lot of repairs.

It’s not attractive. We know looks aren’t everything, but a great-looking garage door can add a lot of curb appeal to your home. Take a look at our selection of residential garage doors to get inspired. Whether you have a traditional style home or a modern home, you’re bound to find one (or a few) garage doors that would compliment your home perfectly.

You’re moving. Did you know that the average ROI for a new garage door is 97%? Before you put your home up for sale, consider investing in a replacement garage door, especially if yours is older and showing signs of wear.

Ready for a new garage door? The team at Ramirez Custom Overhead Doors is here to help.