This article will cover some ways you can weatherproof your garage, or help you understand how IDC Garage Door LLC can help you weatherproof your garage.
Garage Door Seals
Door seals are simply the flexible rubber seals that close off gaps between the garage door and surfaces it comes into contact with.
All garage doors have some sort of bottom seal that seals the bottom of the door to the floor. It helps keep out water and debris from drifting under the door into the garage.
There are two types:
- Bottom seals, which are affixed to the bottom of the door
- Threshold seals, which are affixed to the floor
These seals are vital to keeping the weather and elements from entering your garage. If they are damaged, they can cause water, leaves, and dust to enter your home.
You can check for damage by following these steps:
- Visually inspect the seal for cracks, damage, or rot
- Close the door and feel for a draft from underneath
- Get down low and try to see light from below
Weatherstripping is the seal between either the panels or between the garage door and the sides and top of its opening. While most garage doors have a bottom seal to keep water and debris from slipping under, some garage doors don’t have this side and panel weatherstripping.
You can inspect your garage door if you have this weatherstripping easily, and quickly assess if it needs to be replaced.
Panel weatherstripping is a rubber seal between the panels of a garage door. Aluminum or fiberglass doors often have interlocking seals that don’t need replacing. But for older or wood garage doors, open the door slightly and inspect the seals for cracks, damage, or rot.
Doorstop weatherstripping is found on the outside of the garage. It’s nailed into the panels around the door and pushes a seal against the garage door on the sides and top. You can assess this weatherstripping visually and by pressing against it to check the elasticity.
Many garage doors have insulation just like the walls of your home to help keep the heat and cold from entering the garage. However, many solid-wood doors do not have this insulation.
For aluminum or fiberglass garage doors, this insulation is easy to inspect once the garage door is closed. It should be undamaged, fill every inch of the panels it fills, and be securely attached. If you are missing insulation, it should be installed. If the current insulation is damaged or not secured properly, it should be replaced or fixed.
Weatherproof Your Garage Today
If you want to protect your home and garage from the weather and elements, replacing seals, installing weatherstripping, and installing insulation is a great way to do it. To learn more, contact IDC Garage Door to help you assess and provide services to help weatherproof your garage today.