Ask All Island: Can this heat affect my garage door?

We’ve been getting this question quite a bit this summer, since this summer has been such a scorcher here in Long Island, and our answer might surprise you. Yes, hot temps can in fact wreak havoc on your garage door.

One of the most common areas of the garage heat can affect is your garage door opener’s photo eye. When the sun gets bright, the glare can get in the way of your garage door opener’s photo eye, and that can cause the door to fail to open or close when you need it to. Additionally, the hot weather can cause your garage door opener remote to malfunction.

Then there’s the issue of thunderstorms that can get particularly strong in the summertime, especially closer to the ocean. Hail and wind can damage your garage door, and storms can also lead to a power outage or power surge that could cause the power in your garage to go out. To avoid this, we recommend using a single plug surge protector.

Humidity can also affect your garage door in the summertime. When there’s more moisture in the air than usual, it can cause garage doors to stick. We recommend lubricating your garage door parts once a month to help avoid this conundrum.

Warm summer weather can also cause wood garage doors to warp over time and the sun can fade garage door color, too. Cleaning and waxing your garage door can help counter fading, as can applying a fresh coat of paint to spruce up the color.

Once of the best ways to protect your garage door in the summer months is to schedule a check up with a technician from All Island before the summer gets into full swing. We can do a thorough check of both your garage door remote and garage door parts to make sure your garage door can stand the heat.

 

 

What’s your garage door style?

With so many beautiful garage doors to choose from these days, it can be tough to know which one is the perfect fit for your home. After all, the garage door you decide on will be an integral part of your home for years, if not decades, to come.

To help you choose, we recommend using Clopay’s Design Your Door feature that lets you upload a photo of your home and “try on” different garage door styles, colors and other design options. But to get you started, we’ve put together a quick guide to help you narrow down your search.

Looking for a traditional garage door?

If your tastes lean traditional, classic and timeless, you’re in good luck. Clopay has several garage door collections that compliment traditional style homes. Here are three to consider:

Coachman Collection 

The perfect blend of beauty and practicality, these carriage house doors look like wood, but they are actually crafted of multiple layers of durable, low-maintenance steel and insulation topped with a woodgrain textured composite overlay.

Canyon Ridge Limited Edition Series

Beautiful and unique, Canyon Ridge® Limited Edition Series carriage house doors are constructed with an energy-efficient, Intellicore® insulated steel base and finished with faux wood composite cladding and overlays. The appearance is that of authentic swing-out doors but with the convenience of modern, upward operation.

Classic Wood 

 

Unlock the beauty of natural wood with a handcrafted hemlock, redwood or cedar garage door from Clopay®. These handcrafted wood garage doors feature traditional raised, recessed and flush panels that allow you to choose the best look for your home and its architecture. The addition of a wood garage door from Clopay® can transform the appearance of your home’s exterior and greatly enhance its curb appeal.

Ready for a modern garage door? 

Clopay’s modern garage door styles are contemporary and elegant and look great on any style home.

Avante 

Transform your home’s appearance with the modern look of a glass and aluminum garage door. The Clopay® AVANTE® collection gives you the beauty of natural light during the day and a beautiful a warm glow at night. Different glass garage door panel options allow you to choose the right degree of natural light for your home.

Modern Steel 

Modern Steel™ Collection garage doors perfectly complement contemporary and mid-century modern home styles. Doors are available with or without grooves in multiple paint and Ultra-Grain® finishes to create the perfect look for your home.

Reserve Wood Modern

Clean lines and simple forms let the beauty of natural wood stand out. Clopay’s versatile Modern Series lets you mix materials, shape and tone to create a stunning contemporary garage door that blends beautifully with other woods and materials on your exterior.

Garage doors on a budget

If you’re ready for a new garage door but are trying to save a little money, we have great news: you won’t have to sacrifice style with the Grand Harbor Collection. When budget is the deciding factor, this low-maintenance, insulation-optional steel frame carriage house style garage door combines clean lines and classic charm to provide a popular style at a great value.

Looking for something completely one-of-a-kind?

We recommend Clopay’s Reserve Wood Custom Collection 

Working from a professional drawing or just a sketch on a notepad, Clopay can create the doors you’ve only imagined, with windows or without, in wood like Knotty Alder, Spanish Cedar, White Oak, Ironwood and African Mahogany. Each door is handcrafted from the material of your choice using your precise specifications.

We love helping homeowners throughout Long Island find their perfect garage door. When you’re ready to replace yours let us know!