Replacing Old Garage Door Weatherstripping

These days, people are is likely to use their garage as a workout room or a place for band practice as a place to store their car in. Because of the many uses your garage is put to, the garage door undergoes a lot of wear and tear over the years, and so does the weatherstripping surrounding it. While many problems with a garage door might require the help of professionals like Zook Garage Door Services, replacing weatherstripping can be a DIY project. It’s important that this weatherstripping remain intact to keep rain, cold drafts and insects from making their way into your garage. Fortunately, the process of replacing the weatherstripping around your garage door is fairly simple, and the following will tell you how to do it.

What You Need Before You Start

  • Standard Hammer
  • Crowbar
  • One Tube of Silicone Sealer
  • Caulking Gun
  • Nails
  • Hand Broom
  • Scraper
  • Weatherstripping
  • Ladder

Step 1. Use a hammer and a crowbar to remove the worn out weatherstripping on your home’s garage frame. Place the crowbar behind the weatherstripping and tap on the crowbar with the hammer until the weatherstripping comes loose.

Step 2. Next you need to use a scraper and a hand broom to clean the frame off where the old weatherstripping was. Scrape off the frame and sweep the area clear of any debris. It’s essential to get off any of the old sealant and any chipped paint before you put on the new weatherstripping.

Step 3. Insert the tube of silicone sealer into the caulking gun. When you are later applying the beads of sealant to the weatherstripping, you should do only one section at a time.

Step 4. Completely close the garage door and start attaching the weatherstripping to the garage door frame. The rubber seal of the weatherstripping should be flush against your garage door. Add nails to hold the weatherstripping in place at the bottom, top and middle.

Step 5. Make sure that the top portion of the weatherstripping is even with the garage door frame, hammering in some nails to hold the strip in place.

Step 6. Once you have finished nailing the weatherstripping securely to the garage door frame, it’s time to finish up the edges and seal them. Do this systematically, going along each piece of weatherstripping in a long single bead. This will give it a more finished appearance and do a better job of sealing off the garage.

Step 7. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, allow the sealant you have applied to dry completely before using the garage door.

Author: Amy Winter

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