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Be winter ready with this garage checklist

 

As the temperature begins to drop and the days draw shorter it becomes more paramount to get your garage and its surroundings ready to tackle adverse weather conditions. These steps will not only prepare you for the worst they will also save you time and money in the long run! 

Temperature control

Keeping your garage at an optimal temperature will help prevent metal equipment from rusting and pipes from freezing. Your heating requirements will, of course, depend on how much time you spend in your garage. For example, if it somewhere you spend hours working on your vehicle then you might consider installing wall heaters. If it is somewhere you just store your car or grab a tool, then a portable heater and pipe insulation should be enough.

Insulation 

Another area that should be insulated is your garage door. A well-insulated garage door will prevent cold air from entering and warm air from leaving your garage. This, in turn, will help reduce your heating costs. Many of today’s garage doors offer high levels of insulation as standard.  

Garage door

Whether your garage opens manually or automatically, it is worth checking that it opens and closes smoothly. The last thing you want returning home on a dark, cold night is not being able to get into your garage. If you find your garage door needs repairing or maintenance just let us know. We have thousands of spare parts in stock, ready and waiting to be fitted.

Tools for your car 

You should have a first-aid kit and reflective vest in your car all year round, so this is more of a reminder. If you do have a first-aid kit in your vehicle, it’s worth checking the contents. It may have been a while since you last used it and items could be missing or out of date. Other essentials for winter include anti-freeze, a windshield scraper, and a warm blanket in the event of breaking down or being stuck in traffic for long periods.        

Snow shovel 

There is no use in having all these tools in your car if you can’t get out of your garage. That’s where a snow shovel or plough comes in. If the only access to your garage is an up and over garage door then it may be wiser to store your snow shovel elsewhere. You don’t want the front of your garage to be covered in snow and not be able to open the door to grab your shovel. 

Rock salt

Many residential roads in urban areas have salt boxes, so reminding yourself of where these are located will save you a lot of hassle when you need it. In the countryside, the onus is more on the individual. Either way, keeping a large bag of road salt or sand will help prevent you and your car from slipping in the vicinity of your home.  

New garage door

If your garage door needs fixing or you are looking to update it, get in touch with our expert team today to discuss your options. Our engineers can explain to you what is wrong with your door, and can tell you how much it will cost to fix, before any work is started. We have many years of experience within the garage door business, which means there isn’t a problem we haven’t come across before!

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