Garage Door Maintenance Care Guide

3 Big Issues With Wooden Garage Doors During Warm Weather

Wooden garage doors sure are beautiful, and with the proper care and maintenance, they have the potential to last the lifetime of your home. However, having a wooden garage door can also bring about a few problems, especially in the summer season when the temperature and humidity start to rise. Some homeowners don't realize that the weather is causing issues with their wooden garage door when it happens. Here is a look at common hot-weather garage door problems and how a garage door repair professional can help. 

The door continually comes off of its tracks. 

You open the garage door and it comes off its tracks. You close the garage door and it also comes off its tracks. If you have a garage door that is refusing to stay in its tracks, it could be off-balance due to changes in the weight balance or overall shape of the door. This is a common problem with wooden doors when the heat rises and moisture levels grow more concentrated in the air. The garage door repair pros can help by rebalancing the door, but it may have to be rebalanced when the temperatures drop.

The door screeches when it opens and closes. 

Screeching is a sure-fire sign that the garage door has swollen. When the humidity and heat levels rise, the porous wood can swell up to a point that it rubs against the tracks and frame when the door is opened or closed. The good news here is, if the door is only screeching, you may be able to combat the problem with a hefty dose of lubricant or a layer of wax around each point of contact. The bad news is, if the wooden door is already screeching, it could also be at risk of getting jammed. 

The door is jammed and won't open or close. 

Jammed doors are perhaps one of the most common reasons for a call to a garage door repair service. Unfortunately, wooden garage doors are more notorious for getting stuck than any other type of door, especially in the summer. As already noted, the wood can swell with high heat and humidity, which can make it fit tighter in its frame and harder to open and close. A good wooden door with a hefty layer of water seal on it will be less likely to swell. However, slightly shaving the exterior perimeter of the panels may also be necessary in some cases.