Whether you’re protecting your floors or need to escape Utah’s bitter winters, winter-proofing your garage can be the key to both saving you money, and keeping your family warm for the winter.
Protecting Your Garage Floor
Don’t let winter kill your concrete! From day to night, your garage floors thaw and freeze due to winter temperatures, causing the floors to crack. Because this repeatedly happens from day to day, the cracks expand, or even break off of each other. To fill the cracks in order to prevent new ones, use a polyurethane sealant to both weatherproof and seal the cracks in your garage floor. The sealant is flexible, so the concrete can move with the changes of weather without cracking or flaking. To prevent cracks from happening, use either a floor finish, or vinyl floor mats to protect your garage floors. Floor finishes prevent concrete deterioration from ice melts and salts, however they tend to peel under hot automobile tires. Vinyl floor mats can help prevent cracking, the buildup of water, ice, and dirt, and even hide grease stains.
Keeping The Warmth In
Steel doors not only add security to your home, but they are also extremely durable. They do not crack or warp and will keep your garage insulated and cozy. If you want to provide extra insulation to your garage, hardware stores carry multiple easy-to-install “Garage Insulation Kits” to help keep in the warmth during your winter months. If you’d like to take it to the next level, pick up some weather stripping to seal out the drafts around your garage door.
For rapid heat that will fill the room, opt for a forced-air or a convection heater. Forced-air heaters can either be installed into your garage, or can be hooked up to a propane cylinder. These will heat up the garage quickly, and will blow the air around the room. Convection heaters draw the cold air from the floor and will release hot air from the top, filling the room with warmth, and saving you from chilly winters.
By, Jessica Doucette