How To Winterize Garage Doors, Get Garage Ready For Cooler Weather
As Autumn gives way to cooler temperatures, home owners start making out to-do lists in order to get ready for winter. Besides raking leaves and cleaning out gutters, you’ll probably want to get your garage door winterized. After all, your garage door can be a huge source of air cold air infiltration.
In fact, did you know that a 1/8-inch crack around the average single garage door yields almost 50 square inches of area? That’s definitely a concern, particularly if your garage is attached to your home. There are some steps you can take to make your garage space comfortable and cost-effective this winter.
- For starters, go to your local hardward store and purchase a “garage door bottom." These are usually made of rubber or vinyl.
- Cut to measure the door bottom, and nail it to the bottom edge of the door with rust-resistant nails.
- Next, purchase an overhead garage door weatherstrip kit, also available at your local home improvement store. Some kits features a vinyl leaf that fastens into an aluminum frame. Installation requires only a hammer and hacksaw and is accomplished by nailing the aluminum strip to the face of the door stop, allowing the vinyl leaf to "float" against the face of the garage door.
- To help keep debris from entering your garage during the fall months, purchase a garage screen door. Installed around the frame of your garage opening, this mesh screen allows for fresh air flow, but keeps bugs and falling leaves out of your garage area.
For more information to help keep your garage clean and ready for cold-weather activities, see www.freshairscreens.com.