3 Ways To Protect Your Garage & Keep It Warm This Winter

Posted on: 11 January 2016

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Winter has been mild so far this year, but pretty soon the cold will arrive. Before the cold really arrives, you need to winterize your garage door and get it ready. Here are four steps you need to take to get your garage ready for winter. 

Replace Weatherstripping

Your garage door has a weatherstrip that goes around the outside edge. It creates a seal with your garage door and your garage. Weatherstrips do not last forever; eventually they crack and become brittle. When this happens, air is able to get around your door and into your garage.

If your weatherstrip is cracked and brittle, you need to replace it. You'll need to use a pry bar to pull of the weatherstrip. Then, go behind and use a putty knife to remove any remaining putty and create a smooth surface.

Insert the new weatherstrip in the location left behind by the old one. You'll need to use sealant to secure the weatherstrip in place. make sure that the weatherstrip lays flat against the door. 

Insulate The Garage Door

Next, you need to add insulation to your garage door. There are many ways you can add insulation to your garage door. You can use fiberglass batt insulation, foam boards or reflective barriers. 

If your garage door does not have insulation, you'll have to measure the space and cut the insulation to size. You'll need to adhere it to your garage door using tape or glue. 

Adding insulation will help keep your garage warm in the winter and cooler in the summer months. 

Insulate The Garage Walls

After you insulate your garage door, you should also insulate your garage walls. Insulating your garage walls will help keep your garage warmer. 

You can use fiberglass batt insulation on your garage walls. You can install it yourself or hire a contractor to do so. If you choose to install it yourself, you'll want to make sure that it fits snugly. If it is too large or small for the space, it will not fit effectively. You also need to make sure that it is securely attached to the walls; be sure to use the adhesive recommended by the manufacture with the insulation. 

If you don't want your garage to be a freezing ice-box this winter, you need to make sure that your weatherstripping is intact and you need to insulate your garage door and walls. This will help keep your garage warm and safe all winter long. To learn more about garage doors, contact a company like Plano Overhead Garage Door