How to Prepare Your Garage Door for Cold Weather
Cold, wet and wintry weather can be a trying combination for your garage and the belongings kept within it. A garage which isn’t fully secure and has cracks and gaps leaves you open to all sorts of issues, from mould and mildew to rot and rust. If your garage is attached to your home, it is vital you sort out any problems as the cost can become very real through increased heating bills as the cold encroaches through the shared garage walls. With snow and freeze-thaw cycles taking their toll, it is important that you prepare your garage for the cold months ahead.
Here are some tips for how to best prepare your garage for winter.
Your garage door will take up the majority of an entire wall and so, if it is old, worn or poor quality, your garage can suffer. If you want to make the biggest impact, a new insulated garage door can make a huge difference to the heat lost from your garage. During cold winter months, the insulation will work to keep warm air in and cold air out – if you have an attached garage, this can make a noticeable reduction in heating bills as you aren’t just readily losing warmed air.
The weatherstrip at the bottom of your garage door makes sure that there is a full seal around your garage door when it is closed. With a fresh weatherstrip which is in good condition, dirt, debris and draughts can’t easily find their way into your garage. However, weatherstripping can become damaged over time or when subjected to extreme weather so you should inspect it at least once a year to ensure it’s still functional. If you see it is torn, cracked, hard and brittle, or has sections missing, you should replace it.
Inspect garage for damage
The weatherstrip isn’t the only part of your garage which, through damage and disrepair, will impact its ability to withstand cold weather. Check over your garage, looking for any cracks, holes or damage which will let in cold, critters, damp and bad weather. It may be worth giving your garage a quick clear out and tidy before carrying out your inspection too, as this can uncover problematic areas. Garage door frames, window frames and roofs are particular areas which can fall foul of problems.
Seal cracks and gaps
Finally, you should seal up any gaps and cracks which you find in your checks. Even a brand new insulated garage door will struggle if bad weather is allowed to leak in elsewhere. Effective sealing should keep your whole garage weathertight and ready as the chilly seasons set in.
Zap Garage Door is a garage door specialist operating across Yorkshire, including Doncaster, Sheffield and Wakefield. We supply a vast range of high quality doors, ensuring there is something to suit every household. Our well-trained, skilled team can also offer professional installations and maintenance so your garage door can operate smoothly for as long as possible. If you have any enquiries, simply contact our friendly team today.