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5 Tips for Keeping Your Garage Cooler This Summer

The weather is hot here in Central Texas in July. With temperatures rising to 100 degrees and over, it’s hard to keep cool. Garages are especially vulnerable to the heat. They seem to retain it better than other areas of the house. If you can’t adequately cool your garage in summer, you may be wasting energy and making the rest of your home warmer as a result. Don’t worry – the situation is not hopeless. We’ve got 5 tips for keeping your garage cooler this summer.

1)      Insulate the garage door

Need to make your garage cooler? One of the best things you can do is to insulate the door. If you have a wood door, you may not need to insulate as wood is a natural insulator. Contact a garage door professional like the ones at Texas Garage Repair to insulate your door if necessary. They will place polystyrene or reflective insulating panels on the inside of metal and fiberglass doors. This will insulate the garage area. The panels need to be cut to fit your door and secured by taping them in place with painter’s tape.

For the remainder of the garage – you should also search for drafty areas and seal them. Cover up thermal conductors like metal with insulated materials. Some of these are plywood, particle board, plastic or rubber.  You may also want to consider double-paned windows instead of single-paned ones on your door. However, if money is an issue, this change can be forgotten. It’s not exactly cost-effective.

2)      Get a garage ventilation fan

It’s a good idea to place ventilation fans in the garage or to install them in the side walls. Freestanding fans should be turned so they force air out through an open door or window. For a cooler garage, install wall fans on either side of the garage to so air goes in one vent and comes out the other. When installing these ventilation fans, you may need the help of a seasoned professional because you’ll need to deal with circuit breakers, partial wall removal and supportive braces. If you have a vaulted ceiling in your garage, you may consider a ceiling fan.

3)      Reduce the amount of direct sunlight hitting your garage

You can keep your garage cooler during summer by planting trees along the southern half of the structure. When the trees grow big and thick, they’ll cast a nice and solid shadow over your garage during most of the daylight hours. Doing this alone can lower the temp in your garage by a few degrees.

4)      Install weatherstripping on your garage door

If you want to keep your garage cooler during the summer months (and warmer during the winter months), the installation of weatherstripping is a good way to go. You should get a self-adhesive type and seal the bottom edge of your garage door, eliminating the gap between the door and the floor when the door is closed. This will keep exterior hot air out of the garage.

5)      Paint and caulk your garage door

To keep your garage door cooler in summer, it’s a good idea to paint the door white, off-white, cream or beige. Really any light color will do. Dark colors will absorb the sun’s rays and radiate heat into your garage. If your home is west-facing, you are especially susceptible to this. You should also seal any visible gaps between the garage door and frame with silicone caulk. Pay extra attention to not caulk any seams that allow the door to open and close.

There you have it – 5 tips for keeping your garage cooler this summer. If you need help with any of the steps, please feel free to call us at Texas Garage Repair. We’re available 24/7 to assist you with your garage door needs.  We can be reached at 512.518.6606.

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Summer Garage Door Maintenance Tips

Garage doors are supposed to last from ten to twenty years. This depends on its durability and the care of its owner. Summer garage door maintenance is important. In this article, we’ll give you several tasks you can perform to keep your garage door operating at its optimal levels during the summer months.

  • First off, you should clean the garage door. Especially during the spring months, it’s probably got pollen and other yucky stuff attached to it. Do this with some warm water and dish soap in the solution. You can clean most garage doors easily with a sponge. Make sure to keep the hardware from getting wet so don’t soak your sponge, just wet it. Clean the outside door thoroughly. If you want to clean on the inside you can, but it’s not necessary.
  • Just like when you’re doing your monthly maintenance, visually inspect hardware for wear and tear. Check for bent or loose hinges, broken wheels or anything that looks worn out. Look at the spring lift cables and make sure they’re operating properly. Practice opening and closing the door. Make sure it closes and opens smoothly. If not, you may want to call a professional to take a look.
  • Now you can clean your hardware. Use a clean rag to remove debris, grease or build-up from the track. Lubricate the moving parts of the door with 3-in-1 oil. Do not lubricate rollers, idler bearings or locks. Use graphite to keep the locks in good operating condition.
  • If your door has rust, then you can be sure that moisture is taking its toll on your door. Sand the rust down, apply a zinc-rich primer and paint with a quality exterior latex paint. If there is rust on your hardware, call a professional to have the offending items replaced.
  • While you’re at it, why not paint the surface? Of course, you should make sure that it’s free of dirt, oil, caulk, wax and mildew. Use exterior acrylic latex for the job. Wood doors need to be painted or stained every few years.
  • Make sure your door is safe in a hurricane hot spot. If you live in an area where this is a concern, you should have a tested, reinforced door installed. Due to their size, garage doors are more susceptible to wind damage than other exterior openings – especially two car garage doors. You may want to call in a professional to make sure your door is secure in the event of a hurricane or tornado. They will be able to tell you.
  • If you haven’t insulated your garage door yet, now would be a good time to do so. Insulation doesn’t just keep cold out in the winter. It keeps cool air in during the summer. Another good thing to do would be to put a fan in your garage to circulate some air. A freestanding exhaust fan is probably your easiest option. The fan will be at its most effective if positioned opposite the door.

If you don’t do a monthly check up, or even if you do, these tasks should be taken care of during the summer to make sure your garage door is working at its optimal levels throughout the year. You want your garage door to last as long as possible. If you have questions or concerns, call us at Texas Garage Repair. Our number is 512-518-6606. We’re more than happy to help.

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6 Ways to Keep Your Garage Cool in Summer

Your garage, especially if it’s attached to your home – and for the sake of argument, let’s assume it is – can be difficult to keep cool in summer. Central Texas is known for its long, hot summers with skyrocketing temperatures. This can cause the temperature in your garage to go up ten to fifteen degrees or more. We, at Texas Garage Repair, know a little something about this problem.  In this article, we’ll focus on 6 ways to keep your garage cool in summer. Read More