Prepare Your Garage for Winter

It’s November and the fall season is in full session. As the temperatures start to cool, now is a great time to prepare for the cold, by winterizing your home and for that matter your garage door. Yes, your garage door. Without being properly winterized, garage doors allow ice cold air to come inside unimpeded.

Living along the Wasatch front, snow, ice, and freezing rain can creep into your garage wreaking havoc. Without proper sealing insects and other pesky critters can get in. Now is the time to protect your garage door.

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Check Garage Door Insulation

Even if you have an insulated garage door, insulation can lose its effect over time. It’s important to check on it before winter is in full gear. Insulation degrades over time, and garage door seals and weatherstripping can lose their ability to keep out cold air and moisture.

The first thing you need to do is making sure that anything that could get damaged by the wet or cold is packaged away and possibly moved somewhere into the house during the winter months. This is easy to do when you use something like a cardboard moving box, just so that you don’t have a problem with different items that are stored in your garage when you get to the spring. Then you need to look into insulating your garage properly.

Typically foam board is the most common type of insulation for garage doors working for nearly all types. Insulation is measured in r-value with a higher value representing a better solution. Typically the foam board has anywhere between an r-value from 3 to 6. If your garage door is steel, you can use any type of insulation.
If you use your garage for more than just storage, perhaps as a gym or studio, and are planning on spending time in there over the winter, then you can always have a heating system installed. You can visit somewhere like this site to find HVAC experts who can discuss your options with you.

Insulation will provide benefits to keeping cold air out but if there are gaps around the garage door cold air, snow, rain, and bugs can get in. garage door seals and weatherstripping can close the gaps to insulate your garage more effectively.

If you use your garage for more than just storage, perhaps as a gym or studio, and are planning on spending time in there over the winter, then you can always have a heating system installed. You can visits somewhere like this site to find HVAC experts who can discuss your options with you. This will mean you can control the temperature of your garage and prevent anything inside from getting damaged.

Perform Routine Maintenance

Before installing insulation or assessing your garage door, a little routine maintenance can make a significant difference. Metal moving parts should be lubricated regularly throughout the year, but it’s even more important to keep them gliding easily along when the cold weather comes. Try to use a lubricant that is specifically designed for garage doors.

You can certainly winterize your garage door as a do-it-yourself project. If you would prefer an experienced professional to assist you there, Accent Garage Doors stands ready to help you.

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