Maximize Savings and Comfort by Winterizing Your Garage

You might be prepared for winter; you have snow tires on the cars, you’ve caulked around the windows to prevent cold air from sneaking in and you’ve added weather stripping to all your exterior doors. So you might be toasty warm inside your heated space, but have you thought about what’s going on in your garage? Whether you use your garage as a gym or workshop or simply keep it as a space to store your car, you’ll save money and protect your valuable possessions by winterizing your garage before the first freeze.

Pad the Cave

Insulating your garage can help keep it from becoming a frozen tundra and provide a buffer of warmer air next to your home. This means the air inside your home will stay warmer without as much effort, so you don’t have to blast the heat as much throughout the winter. If there’s a draft under your garage door, replace your weather stripping. Scrape off the existing weather stripping and make sure the surface is clean and dry. Align the new weather stripping with the garage door down. The door should flatten the rubber flap slightly when it’s closed.

If the temperature inside the garage drops below freezing, it can freeze any water left in equipment hoses and affect your power tools. Insulate the walls of your garage as well as the garage door to keep the temperature more stable. You can buy kits designed for insulating garage doors or replace the door with an insulated design.

Open Sesame

Having a garage might not be very beneficial to you if the door won’t open. Cold weather can affect your garage door by changing the sensitivity of the closing force. To adjust this, first make sure there is no space beneath the door when it’s closed. Adjust the force by accessing the door closer using a ladder. There should be adjustment screws that let you change the position of the closed door. These screws can be adjusted with a screwdriver until the door opens and closes properly. Click here to learn more about adjusting the door close force.

You know how you don’t really want to move all winter long? Your garage door can feel the same way when the cold weather makes the lubricant thick and sticky. From the inside of your garage, apply an oil-based lubricant like motor oil to the rollers, tracks and springs. Open and close the door a few times to get everything moving again. You don’t want your door to stick on that day that you’re really in a rush to leave the house.

Keeping your garage warm takes some time. If you aren’t sure what you’re doing, hire a professional to take a look at your door. Contact the Overhead Door Company of Portland to ensure that your garage is properly winterized before it gets cold outside.

Maximize Fire Safety with Fire Doors

Schools, hospitals and other public buildings are required to have active fire protection devices like smoke alarms and sprinklers. In most areas, such buildings must also have passive fire protection features, which typically include fire walls, fire ceilings and other fire-resistant structural components. Passive fire protection systems like these help keep fire and smoke contained, but there still needs to be a way for people to get in and out of various parts of a building during a fire. That’s where fire doors come into play.

Fire doors are typically required wherever there are door openings in fire walls. Depending on the area, they may also be required for doors that lead to exit stairwells, doors that lead to hazardous areas and doors that have exit signs on or near them. They are occasionally also required in homes too. For instance, building codes may require residential fire doors for doorways leading to habitable rooms on a second floor like loft conversions or for doors leading to integral garages.

The primary purpose of a fire door is to contain fire at its point of origin. This often minimizes the amount of damage that can occur. Such doors have fire resistance ratings that reflect how many hours they can withstand exposure to heat, smoke and fire. Most doors are rated to withstand at least 30 minutes of an active fire. Some can withstand several hours. Local building codes typically dictate the minimum fire resistance rating that is required for a given building.

In addition to helping to contain fires, fire doors provide egress points that people can safely use to get out of a building when one occurs. These doors are required to be kept closed, and they should only be opened to allow people to get in or out of a room. Unfortunately, people often prop such doors open, which negates their fire-resistant qualities.

Rolling Fire Doors

Fire doors are required for doors that are located along fire walls, and they’re not limited to standard doors that people walk through. Commercial buildings with large, rolling doors typically need them too. Like regular fire doors, rolling fire doors are designed to withstand fire, smoke and heat over certain periods of time. If building codes require the use of fire doors, rolling fire doors must be used as well where applicable. Like regular fire doors, they’re made out of steel and other fire-resistant materials. They sometimes include a special core that contains additional fire-resistant materials. The door itself must be fire resistant, and the frame around it must be too.

If you own a commercial business in or near Portland and need a rolling fire door, Overhead Door has you covered. We offer standard rolling fire doors, insulated rolling fire doors, frame and sill fire counter doors and more. Visit our website today to check out the available options, or give us a call and tell us how we can help.