Mild winter storms in Georgia can cause significant damage to your garage door. Air leaks can raise your energy bills and damage sensitive equipment and belongings in your home. Weather stripping can help create a defensive seal to keep you safe and comfortable all winter long. Here is everything you need to know to help you protect your garage door from severe weather this winter with weather stripping.
Types of Garage Door Weather Stripping
There are several types of weather stripping available for your garage door, depending on your needs. Door sweeps can be simple to install by sliding directly into the tracks along the bottom. Threshold seals feature a strong adhesive that can be attached to your garage flooring. Panel weather stripping can be one of the simplest options to install if you are inexperienced with do-it-yourself projects. Some weather stripping comes in rolls that you need to cut and fasten with nails.
The option that will work best for you depends on the model of garage door you have and the environmental factors you experience. If you are unsure which option to choose, consult with an experienced garage door professional. Some options are best suited for residential properties while others are ideal for commercial properties.
Old Weather Stripping Removal
Over time, the weather stripping on your garage door can crack or wear out. Replacing this material can be a cost-saving measure against expensive repairs in the future. You should check your garage door weather stripping at least twice a year for signs of damage. Common signs that your stripping needs to be replaced include bent or cracked material, water leakage and gaps of light peeking through the outer edges of the door. If you notice damage in a small area, you will want to replace the entire section to maintain a proper seal.
In order to remove the old material, you may need to use a flathead screwdriver or hammer. Place your tool of choice underneath the material and lift the nails and strip away from your body. Repeat the process until the section is completely removed. Be careful during removal to prevent any damage to your garage door. You may want to clean the area and let it dry before installing a new seal.
New Weather Stripping Installation
Before you install your new weather stripping on your garage door, you may need to cut and measure the strips. Many strips already come pre-cut, but you may need to adjust depending on the damage. Measure the old strip you removed with a tape measure to determine the size you need.
You can use a box knife to cut the material to the right size. Cut the piece a little shorter than the height of your garage door to prevent rot from water exposure. Start at the top when installing and press the seal firmly against the door frame and fasten with screws or nails as needed. Do the same for the sides and check by opening and closing the garage door to make sure everything is in place. If you are uncomfortable with installing the stripping yourself, you may be able to contact an experienced professional for assistance.
Protect Yourself This Winter with Professional Garage Door Services
Weather stripping can provide numerous benefits to protect you and your garage door this winter. If your garage door needs repair or replacement, the experienced team at HABPRO Garage Doors can help. Technicians can help you choose the highest quality products for your needs and install or repair at your convenience. Custom style options are available to boost your curb appeal. Stay safe and warm this winter by calling to receive a free estimate today.