What Garage Hardware Parts Should You Replace Before Winter?

Untitled - 2023-08-18T111354.110With the summer coming to an end, colder months in the Chicagoland area are coming up quickly. As a homeowner, it is essential to have all of your garage hardware functioning properly, especially if you use your garage daily for something like parking your car. You do not want your garage door remote, opener, or springs to fail in the middle of a snowstorm and be unable to access your car or snowblower. Therefore, the end of the summer is a great time to replace these parts before these problems arise. 

Garage Door

Replacing your garage door before winter arrives can greatly benefit your home. Summertime humidity can cause a garage door to warp, which can impact the seal around it. A new garage door will help keep the cold air out and the warm air in. This will reduce your total heating costs and it will keep your belongings from being damaged by freezing temperatures. Replacing your door will ensure that it functions optimally, minimizing the risk of malfunctions during the colder months.


Garage door springs play a large part in lifting your garage door. They support your garage door’s weight and help it in smoothly opening and closing. Springs have a lifespan of around 10,000 cycles, so they will need to be replaced sooner or later. If your garage springs are not working properly, it will put more stress on the cables and garage door opener, which can lead to big issues. New springs will ensure that your garage door opens and closes properly every time. 

Electronic Door Opener

Garage door openers open and close your garage door with a remote. These remotes can last for years, but they can also malfunction unexpectedly. If you have had your garage door opener for 10-15 years, it may be time for a replacement, to make sure it is operating properly. Especially heading into months where the electronics can freeze, it is always better to replace your garage door opener ahead of winter. 

Garage Cables

These cables work alongside garage door springs to operate the opening and closing of your garage door. One of the main purposes of these garage cables is to provide a fallback for your springs. If your springs fail, the cables will be there to help the electronic opener lift and lower the door.  It is essential to replace damaged cables to make sure your garage door system is working properly. Ignoring cable maintenance can lead to safety hazards down the line.

Contact our Downers Grove Garage Building Experts for a Free Consultation

Preparing your garage for the winter season is not only smart, but also necessary. Replacing worn-out hardware is not just better for your garage, it can also save you money in the long run and prevent unexpected surprises as a result of the seasons changing. Our builders have more than 40 years of experience handling repairs and building custom garages for our customers and will help you with any related issue. Please contact us at (630) 852-8485 for any of your garage needs.


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