In many ways, winter is the hardest time for your home. All the time you spend indoors increases the pressure and wear on your water and heating systems. Furthermore, the cold temperatures themselves can do damage to your home and your appliances. That’s why homeowners will always want to start preparing their home for winter in advance by doing any routine maintenance before the bad weather starts.
The garage is one of the most frequently overlooked areas of home maintenance. Like any other part of your home, it should be winterized to ensure that it withstands the freezing temperatures.
Here are a few things you can do to prepare your garage for the winter weather:
- Apply weather stripping to your garage door. This will help seal the garage door against the cold air, and it will also prevent energy loss from warm air leaking outside.
- Insulate pipes running through and around the garage area. Pipes in uninsulated areas of your home are at a greater risk of freezing and bursting, so it’s important to get them ready for the winter by adding extra insulation to the pipes themselves.
- Drain fuel from lawn mowers and other machines that you won’t be using. Manufacturers recommend it, and it helps keep the machines in tiptop shape.
Winterizing your garage keeps your house warmer, prevents catastrophic damage from pipe bursts, and reduces your energy consumption and costs. In short, it’s a great way to save yourself some money and some stress.
If your garage door is beginning to show signs of its age—or if you’d simply like to replace your current garage door with a more stylish and energy-efficient one—contact your Utah garage door replacement experts!
By Tim Crain