Having any major work done on your home requires careful planning, but when a door or window is being taken out in order to fit a replacement, your home is going to be exposed to the elements for a little time. This is something which may not be a problem during the spring and summer, when the weather is generally more predictable and agreeable than during the autumn and winter. However, you can’t always control when you have certain works done, so what if you need a new garage door in the depths of winter? Is it safe to fit at this time of year? Will your garage space be compromised by the colder temperatures and being exposed to the elements? Find out all about winter garage door installations here.
When doing any type of work on a property, we always take weather forecasts into consideration. During the summer months you may get the odd downpour or strong winds, but it’s generally absolutely fine to continue with work during these drier, warmer months. In the winter, we have to be wary of things like ice and freezing temperatures, which can hinder our engineer’s ability to safely get to you, but only in extreme circumstances. Generally speaking, replacing a garage door in high winds is not preferable, and we may have to cancel an appointment if storm-force winds are forecast for where you live. Overall however, you can have your garage door installed successfully during all kinds of weather, as long as it’s not too extreme.
Keeping Your Garage Warm & Dry
Replacing your garage door in the colder months is a shrewd move if your previous door was not doing the job properly. The longer a garage or other structure is left with inadequate protection from the damp and the cold, the more damage it will sustain. Leaving a garage to become compromised is never a good idea, as this can affect not only the building itself, but also its contents. Protect your belongings and your vehicle(s) by ensuring your garage door is thermally efficient, well fitted and secure. It’s also worth making sure that debris (such as dead leaves) does not find its way into the opening mechanism of the door as this can cause problems.
Lowing Your Utility Bills
A new garage door installed around the wintertime is very likely help to lower your household utility bills, particularly if your garage is attached to your main home. By choosing a newer, better fitting and insulated garage door, you’ll be reducing the amount of heat which is lost from your home, and therefore lowering your heating bills. Doing this in the middle of winter will help you to see the extent of the impact on your household finances, a benefit which would not be as noticeable should you choose to change your garage door during the summer. If your garage is not attached to your main home but you tend to spend money heating it anyway (you may use your garage space as a hobby room, a workshop or a gym), it may be worth ensuring that the walls and roof of your garage are insulated, as this may not allow the benefits of an insulated garage door to shine through.