A garage door must open and close all the way to serve its intended purpose -- keeping your car and possessions safe. One that won't close properly presents an opportunity for intruders to get into your garage and home. Also, when the garage door will not open or close properly, it may strain parts like the spring, which can snap and cause damage or injuries when the door suddenly comes crashing down.
Are the seals on the sides the problem?
Is the problem that the door won't bind or seal properly when the door is closing? Instead of closing smoothly, does the door groan, jerk or reverse automatically? If so, you may be able to sort out the problem yourself. Purchase pipe insulation used to insulate copper pipes from a hardware store. Stuff this pipe insulation into the rubber seal at the bottom of the garage door where it is not sealing properly. It's best to do this during warm weather.
If you observe that the door is binding on the side where the weather seal is, take a bar of soap and rub it on the spots that are sticking. This should stop the door from sticking.
Is the weatherstripping completely worn down?
If the weatherstripping on your door is completely worn down, then you will experience the problem of a door that won't seal. Some garage doors come with a metal track that holds a replaceable rubber seal. With time, the seal tends to crack and flatten, but it is not difficult to replace such a seal.
A gap of just a fraction of an inch around the edge of the door can let in as much cold air as one that is two inches wide. That is a lot of draft during the chilly months. Good weatherstripping gets rid of such drafts. It is easy to do and can last for years. Integrated vinyl tubing makes for a very effective seal against cold air and moisture.
Close the door and measure the length of the door along the side that will not seal properly. Transfer the measurement to a length of weatherstripping. You then need to draw a straight cutting line. Using a utility knife for the vinyl tubing and a hacksaw for the metal, cut through the material with a fine blade with 32 teeth per inch.
Then, using a self-centering drill bit, drill pilot holes and then put in the screws. Once you have them in place, attach the weatherstripping to the side of the door. If done correctly, the sound the door makes when you close the door will tell you so.
Can't do it?
If you find that replacing the weatherstripping is not something you can do correctly, don't hesitate to call in the experts on garage doors in Amarillo and the surround area. Willow Creek Overhead Door is well known for the quality of garage doors it supplies and its fast and efficient service. Contact these experts to look at your door and your distress call will be answered within hours. They will come seal the door properly so you can rest easy about winter drafts and a door that won't close smoothly.