Winter is almost upon us, and the temperatures are going to drop and the elements are going to get harsh. As any Utahn knows, the weather in Utah can be incredibly fickle, and snowstorms can spark up at any moment. For this reason, it’s time to start getting your home ready for everything that winter brings. In terms of your garage, not having the right insulation means that you will be letting in precipitation and spending more on heating. One way to help prevent this is to weather-seal your garage door. Here are some ways to do just that…
Use a bottom seal
First of all, the biggest leak in your garage, in terms of the air that is allowed to escape and come in, is the bottom of your garage door. For this reason, you want to make sure that you have an effective rubber or vinyl seal along the bottom of the door that is going to mitigate these leaks. You can buy these at any home improvement store or garage door specialist for roughly $50, but that investment will pay off dividends, in terms of the energy costs you’ll be saving on.
Add a threshold seal to the ground
Once you have a seal on the bottom of the door itself, you want to make sure that there is an alternate seal on the ground that will maximize the insulation. This is called a threshold seal. Essentially, you lay this seal on the ground between your garage and your driveway so that the bottom seal on your garage door will cohesively connect to it. It’s important that this is installed properly, so that it doesn’t move when you are frequently driving and walking over it.
Add weatherstrip around the rest of the door
Once the bottom section of the garage door is weather-sealed, you want to cover up the leaks around the rest of your garage door, where there is almost certainly cracks that expose your garage to the outside elements, constantly, and wear water and air leaks will continuously occur. To do this, you can get some weatherstrip from any home improvement store. Essentially, you take the weatherstrip and then tack it around the top and sides of your garage door. After that, you’ll have a pretty much impenetrable garage!