A well-insulated garage provides ample workspace year round, even during Oklahoma’s unforgiving ice storms. Even if you don’t plan on spending much time in there during winter, there are still plenty of reasons to consider winterizing your garage.
When it’s too cold in your garage, the temperatures can cause damage to your car, exterior pipes and any other equipment you’re storing there. Winterization should be given special attention because it provides:
- Reliability despite freezing conditions
- Protection for your family and property
- Energy efficiency and reduced utility costs
- Savings by avoiding unwanted repairs
Luckily for you, winterization isn’t as difficult (or time-consuming) as it sounds. In today’s blog, we’ll be sharing 5 ways to protect your garage door during winter. These strategies will help prepare your home for the unpredictable season ahead.
1. Fix or Replace Weatherstripping
Weatherstripping creates the seal between your garage door and the opening. Over time, it can deteriorate — allowing air to come in, creating cold drafts during winter. If you’ve noticed air seeping into the garage, we highly recommend removing the existing weather-stripping and replacing it.
A pry bar and a flat scraper will make the process a little easier to do. Try to make it as smooth as possible to make way for the new weatherstripping. When installing it, aim for it to align so that the rubber flap flattens slightly against the door.
2. Inspect and/or Tune-Up the Door
There’s a variety of products out there to help further insulate your garage. Foam boards, reflective barriers and fiberglass insulation are just a few of many options to choose from. You can even opt to purchase a kit from your local home improvement store.
If you’re still struggling with air leaks, you might consider replacing the garage door with a more insulated design. Before you do so, we recommend inspecting the springs, cables, door panels, hardware and other moving parts, adjusting as needed.
3. Improve the Insulation
If you choose to affix foam or fiberglass insulation, you may run into some difficulty installing it. Before doing so, ensure you’ve chosen the proper thickness for your walls. The most common mistakes homeowners run into when securing installation is improper fastening, not supporting it or cutting it too short or long. Keep in mind, the insulation needs to fit snuggly — but beware of jamming it too tightly.
4. Prevent Freezing/Sticking
To prevent your garage door from freezing or sticking during winter, we recommend covering the floors with containment mats to help gather any snow, slush or de-thawing salt. This strategy helps prevent the materials from collecting and freezing along the bases of the garage. This also helps guard against any damage to springs, cables and other parts we mentioned before.
5. Consider a Replacement
When push comes to shove, it’s okay to admit defeat. The important thing is having a garage door company you can trust. Sometimes it’s best to replace older doors with more energy-efficient models to help increase your long-term savings. Replacements can also help you avoid more expensive repairs down the road while increasing the security of your home.
While there are a few strategies homeowners can choose from to increase insulation, an ideal option is calling on a garage door professional. Your home’s safety, security and protection is no laughing matter. Our team at Top Quality Doors can help you identify what’s best for your family while helping you predict any repairs down the road.
To learn more about our garage door servicing, reach out to us and we’ll get your garage door in proper shape before winter arrives.