3 Ways To Prepare Your Garage Door For Winter

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As you well know, your home's exterior doors are some of your biggest enemies when it comes to home heat loss. For this reason, you've made it a point to keep your doors closed as much as possible throughout the winter. However, there's one door in your home that will allow heat to escape from your home even while it's closed: your garage door. Here are three ways to reduce your garage door's heat loss:

Install Weather Seals Between Your Panels

Each of your panels separates as your door cycles into the opened and closed positions. However, even while your door is closed, air can escape through the space between each of your panels. To seal these gaps, you'll need to install weather seals on each of your panels.

To install weather seals between your panels, you'll need a ladder, caulking gun, caulking adhesive, rubber seals, and two pairs of locking vice grips. All of these items are available your local home improvement store.

Disconnect your automatic opener by pulling on the string hanging from your trolley. Manually lift your garage door until your uppermost panel begins to separate from the panel directly beneath it. Clamp your locking vice grips underneath a parallel pair of rollers to secure your door in this position.

Next, apply a bead of adhesive caulking to the bottom of your uppermost panel (use your ladder if necessary) and press a strip of weather seal against the adhesive. Don't move your door until the adhesive has been given sufficient time to cure, which you can determine by reading the information on your adhesive's packaging. Repeat this process until each of your panels are sealed.

Install Foam Insulation

Regardless of whether your panels are made of wood, metal or vinyl, they'll transfer heat from your home's interior to the outside environment. To reduce heat transfer, you'll need to install foam insulation boards on the interior surfaces of your panels.

To perform this task, you'll need enough foam insulation to completely cover the interior side of your garage door. Foam insulation boards are available at your local home improvement store, but they typically won't be sized to fit your panels. For this reason, you'll need a box cutter or another similar cutting tool to cut your boards to the appropriate size.

Measure the dimensions of each section of your panels and cut your foam boards accordingly. Slide each of your boards into the channels and grooves created by your door's frame to secure them. If your frame doesn't have the necessary channels and grooves to hold your insulating boards in place, then use an adhesive to secure your boards directly to your panels.

Replace Your Threshold Seal

Your threshold seal (the seal beneath your lowest panel) is extremely susceptible to wear. After rubbing against your garage flooring for several years, your threshold seal can become torn and may even separate from your panel. A damaged threshold seal will create a gap beneath your door large enough to allow dirt, leaves, and even pests to enter your garage. In the winter, a gap beneath your door will also leak a significant amount of heat.

Replacing your threshold seal is similar to installing weather strips between each of your panels. However, in addition to using a caulking adhesive, your threshold seal must also be nailed or hammered into place.

If you have trouble performing any of these insulation modifications, then call your local garage door technician to finish the job for you. By leaving these jobs to a professional, you can ensure that your garage door will provide as much insulation to your home as possible. Click here for more info about maintaining your garage door.

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10 December 2014

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