Fall weather is slowly turning to world into a colorful, crisp paradise.  However, with fall on our doorstep, and winter in the yard, you need to get your garage prepared for the changing seasons.  The farmer’s almanac puts this September and October a bit cooler than normal, so the sooner you can complete the projects below, projects, the better.  

Clean It Out

The first thing that you’re going to want to do is clean out your garage.  If you’re like most people, your garage has slowly become the place of no return for many things: paperwork, cleaning supplies, tools, etc.  Take advantage of a free Saturday to go through your things, organize your garage, and then get rid of whatever you can.  If you play your cards right, you might even be able to make a bit of extra money by selling a few of the things you find online. 

Put Fall and Winter Tools Up Front

Nothing is more frustrating than trying to find your shovel on the first snowstorm of the year by crawling over bikes, hoses, and other items in the freezing cold.  Save yourself the headache by putting everything that you will need this fall and winter right up front so that you can grab it quickly in a rush.  This includes your shovels, rakes, salt, snow blower, christmas lights, etc.  

Do a Garage Door Inspection

Cold weather can cause your garage door to stop working properly.  Luckily, there are many things that you can do to prevent garage door malfunction.  

  • Check your springs.  If your garage door has problems opening, it seems crooked, or if you’ve recently run into the garage with your car, your springs might need replacing.  Garage door spring failure is a common problem in the winter, so prepare for it now.  
  • Wipe down the weather-stripping.  The weather-stripping on your garage can creak, wear down, or get dirty, allowing snow and ice to enter your garage.  Sometimes, this will cause your garage door to freeze to the ground.  As you prepare for winter, wipe down the weather stripping with a wet cloth, and if there are any cracks, replace it as soon as possible.  
  • Lubricate for winter.  In the winter, the grease on your garage door will start to thicken, causing your door to work overtime.  Many people assume that they need to lubricate more because the door seems to be struggling, but over lubrication can cause your parts to slip out of alignment.  If necessary, replace old, hardened grease with a silicone-based oil that won’t thicken in the winter.  
  • Get it inspected. It is always a good idea to have a garage door professional come do a pre-winter tune up to ensure that your door is working properly.  Don’t hesitate to contact us today!