It may only just be spring, but now is the time to start preparing your garage for the hot summer season. Here are a few things that you should do to make sure your garage is ready for summer.

Inspect your door.

Now is a good time to inspect your garage door if you haven’t in a few months. Are there any signs of needed repair? If so, be sure to call a garage door specialist. If your garage door could simply use a little TLC, go ahead and give it a small tune-up. Start by vacuuming the garage door track area if it is dirty. Then clean your garage door inside and out, including the garage door tracks, with a damp microfiber cloth. This will give you an opportunity to inspect your garage door up close while improving its functionality. After cleaning your garage door, lubricate all moving parts, including the rollers, hinges, and tracks, using minimal amounts of a specially formulated garage door lube. This will not only improve the functionality of your garage door but also prevent corrosion and rust.

Reduce clutter.

Reducing clutter is especially important as the weather warms up because it will grant you the freedom to park your car in the garage, away from the blistering heat. Our recent blog post titled De-Cluttering Your Garage can help you organize the things in your garage and make room for parking your car.

Insulate.

Is your garage insulated? If not, then adding some insulation will go a long way in keeping your garage cool in the summer. Proper garage insulation includes both the walls and the door. Walls and ceilings should be covered in insulation and then finished with wallboard. (Seek the help of a professional if you feel that your home renovation skills are not up to par.) As for your garage door, you should opt for a steel, vinyl, or fiberglass door with superior insulation if your garage is prone to heating in the summer.

Replace weatherstripping.

The colder months of the year can put a lot of wear and tear on the weatherstripping along the bottom of your garage door, so it’s a good idea to inspect your weatherstripping before summer hits. If it seems broken or worn in any way, go ahead and replace it. This will add additional insulation and keep dust, debris, and pests out.