Preparing For Winter: Weatherstripping Your Garage Door

You can minimize heat loss through your garage door with weatherstripping. Air flow to the outside that takes place around your garage door’s perimeter is the most significant cause of heat loss through garage doors. Weatherstripping can help minimize this heat loss and keep your garage considerably warmer throughout the winter.

Below are a few tips that will help ensure you that your garage door is adequately weatherstripped for even the harshest climates:

Evaluate whether or not you need weatherstripping

Of course, your climate is the primary determinant of whether or not you need weatherstripping. If winters get cold where you live, your garage will probably benefit in terms of efficiency from weatherstripping.

You can check if there are gaps around your garage door that could cause heat loss by looking around the perimeter of your garage door when you’re inside your garage with the lights off. If you can see light shining through from the outside around the perimeter of your garage door, you should weatherstrip.

Clean surfaces before applying weatherstripping

It’s important that weatherstripping adhere as snugly as possible to the surfaces of your garage floor and walls. You should clean off any debris. You can wash surfaces with soap and water and scrape off any dried-on debris with a putty knife if necessary. A cleaner, smoother surface will make your weatherstripping more effective.

Take measurements of your door

You’ll need to know what the measurements of your door are so that you’re sure that you’ve got enough weatherstripping material on hand. It’s better to have too much than too little. If you have to stop everything and run to the hardware store, it could negatively impact the quality of your weatherstripping installation.

Purchase adhesive-backed weatherstripping foams

Adhesive-backed rubber foam products are the most effective for weatherstripping a garage that must stand up against cold weather. However, weatherstripping made from vinyl is also widely available. Look out for synthetic rubber products if you want the ultimate in sealing power and durability.

Put down a door sweep

You can seal against drafts coming in under your garage door with a door sweep. Typically, a garage door sweep will adhere to your garage floor by being screwed or stapled into place.

Use a door threshold

The door threshold is another component of garage door weatherstripping. The threshold goes around the door frame, and it can be made from a variety of different materials. Common door threshold materials include aluminum, vinyl, and wood.

For professional help, contact a group like Bear Valley Builders and Garage Doors.

Author: Amy Winter

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