Yes – I know it’s only August, but it’s a good time to do a little overhead garage door inspecting while the sun shines bright! When late fall and then winter arrive, you won’t want to be outside doing a door inspection in Northeast Ohio. We all know the havoc winter can wreak on …well, on just about everything! And your garage door will receive no exemptions for Mr. Old Man Winter.

Your overhead door is the largest door in your home. If your garage is attached to the house and heated, unless it is properly sealed, you stand to lose a good deal of warmth AND money!  When those temps begin to plummet, your heating bill will begin to rise no matter what, but if your door is in need of new seals, it could be costing you a significant amount more. By properly sealing your door, you could save hundreds of dollars.

Take a few minutes to perform this quick and easy 3 Point Seal Check. Do it now and you’ll have plenty of time to consider your options for repair or replacement should that be needed.

3 Point Seal Check

1. Close the garage door and stand inside during the day. Turn the lights off and look around the door for places where light shows through – the bottom, sides, and between sections.  There should be no light or very minimal light that shows. Feel for drafts as well.

2. Check the exterior vinyl weather stripping along the outside edges of your door. If you see cracks, if it appears loose or damaged, then it will need replacing.

3. Inspect the rubber weatherstripping at the bottom of the garage door. This is where the Northeast Ohio weather may take a big toll. Ice formation, salt accumulations, and debris have collected over time causing the seal to crack, pull away, or even develop holes.

If you notice damage, wear, or anything out of the ordinary, call Geauga Door now. They can take a look and let you know how to proceed. The money you will save in heating costs this winter could easily make up for the cost of any garage door repairs – especially if this winter is anything like that of 2013!