In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics on maintaining your garage door and garage space during the summer months. This time of year offers several great opportunities for maintenance projects, plus involves a few standard areas you should be keeping up on in terms of regular upkeep during the warmest time of the year.
At Overhead Door Company, we’re happy to offer a variety of garage door repair and maintenance services to all our clients in need, including those looking for some assistance with their basic summer themes. Here are a few additional areas to consider when it comes to summer upkeep, both in terms of the garage door itself and several surrounding elements.
Some may think insulation is only a winter concern, but this simply isn’t the case at all. Insulation helps protect temperature loss on both ends of the spectrum: For both heated and cooled air within your HVAC system.
If your garage door and other areas of the garage are properly insulated for summer, you know outdoor heat will stay out and your conditioned air will stay inside. Not only is this a benefit for the actual garage space, you’ll see the trickle-down in other nearby rooms, plus in your monthly energy bill – which will be lower because your HVAC system isn’t working as hard to pump extra air into the space.
Other Cooling Considerations
There are a few other cooling themes to consider for your garage space this summer, especially if you use the area as a home office, workshop or any other space where you spend significant time. Here are a few:
- Ventilation: Ensure the room has proper air flow and does not become too stuffy.
- Air conditioning: For those who use the room for significant daily purposes outside storage, installing a window AC or mini-split unit goes a long way.
- Ceiling fans: Will also assist with ventilation and air flow.
- Lighter color: If you paint your garage door (more on this below), consider white or another light color that will reflect heat rather than absorbing it, keeping the interior cooler.
Paint and Aesthetics
Summer is also a fantastic time to consider re-painting your garage door if you’ve been putting the job off for a while. One tip before getting started: Be sure to clear the area of dirt, debris, grease and any other possible blockages.
When painting, consider colors that will both reflect heat and match well with the rest of your home. You can both protect your space and improve your home’s curb appeal in one fell swoop.
Finally, we strongly recommend a thorough inspection of your garage door and garage space during the summer, both on your own and from our garage door professionals. We’ll help you identify any minor issues taking place, offering simply and often cost-free repairs rather than much costlier issues cropping up later on.
For more on summer maintenance for your garage door, or to learn about any of our overhead door services, speak to the staff at Overhead Door Company today.