Summer is Coming to Portland
The past couple of months of spring have been challenging for many Portlanders due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in the United States and across the globe. As of this writing, Multnomah County announced its plans to apply for reopening nonessential businesses and services on June 5th for reopening on June 12th. However, this news also comes with a recent COVID-19 outbreak at an unnamed company in Multnomah County. With Portland still under Governor Brown’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” executive order but the rest of the state in various stages of reopening, many Portlanders may wonder which businesses in the area are open. For example, can you call for garage door repair in Portland during the stay-at-home order?
Can You Get Garage Door Repair During COVID-19?
Yes, you can still call the experts here at All About Doors for garage door repair in Portland. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we have implemented new safety guidelines and other procedures in line with state and CDC recommendations to help curb the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. At the time, we are only accepting payment by credit card over the phone, and we have contactless options available for garage door repair and other services.
How Does the Weather in the Summer Affect Garage Doors?
With temperatures reaching the 90s this week, many Portlanders may see some issues with their garage doors, such as:
Malfunctioning Garage Door Sensors
One of the main issues homeowners may notice with their garage door during the summer is malfunctioning garage door sensors. The summer sun may impair the function of garage door opener photo safety sensors. The sensors are designed as a safety feature for your garage door, but direct sunlight during the summer can trick the sensors into thinking something is blocking the door. If you notice that your garage door closes randomly, sunlight may be the culprit. Call a garage door technician at All About Doors to investigate and repair the issue.
In some cases, the malfunction can be prevented by manufacturer shades for the sensors. Other cases require a technician to swap the sender-receiver with the receiver sensor to help eliminate interference from sunlight.
Garage Door Sticking
Another common problem with garage doors during the summer is the garage door sticking to the perimeter seal. This problem is caused by the combination of high humidity and heat during the summer. The doors most often affected are painted garage doors, especially recently painted garage doors.
One of the solutions to a sticky garage door is to ensure that the backside of the perimeter seal is clean and free of paint. If you do have paint on the back of the seal, you need to ensure that the excess paint is removed without damaging the perimeter seal. In some cases, the seal may need replacement. In those cases, it’s best to call a professional technician at All About Doors in Portland to replace the seal (available in a variety of colors and sizes). Call today!
Why is my Garage so Hot?
During those hot summer days, the garage can be, by far, the warmest area in the house. However, there are a few things homeowners in Portland can do to help reduce the heat in the garage:
Paint the Garage
Dark colors do a lot of work when it comes to heating the garage. Dark-colored garage doors absorb sunlight, which can significantly heat the interior of your garage. Consider a fresh coat of light-colored paint on your garage door to help cool it down.
Get the Air Moving
Stagnant, stale air can make an already warm space seem stifling. If you have a well-insulated garage door to keep out cold air during the winter, you’ll likely have a hot garage in the summer unless you have adequate ventilation. Most Portland-area homeowners can get by with running a fan in the garage during the unusually warm days. However, if you spend a lot of time in your garage, it may be worth the money to install a ventilation system to keep you comfortable.
If your garage is already incorporated into your home’s HVAC system, but you still can’t get it to cool down during the summer, it’s possible that you need to re-evaluate your insulation. Consider installing weather stripping to ensure that cold air isn’t escaping into the wild and heating your garage.
How Can All About Doors Help You?
If the warmer weather here in Portland is causing issues for you and your garage door, don’t give up! We can help! As Angie’s List Super Service Award winners every year since 2011, the garage door experts at All About Doors (formerly Tigard Door Co.) can help you with garage door maintenance, repair, installation, and more! Just call today to see how we can help you. We have contactless service and payment options available to help curb the spread of COVID-19.