Weather-Proofing Your Garage Door

As the weather gets colder and less predictable in the winter months, it’s time to start thinking about how to keep your garage safe from the elements. You store some of the most valuable things you own in your garage – your car, your important gardening tools, and even athletic equipment. Don’t leave it to chance that your garage door can keep these things in good shape on its own – here are a few simple and DIY measures to make sure you are prepared for whatever the weather has in store.

Attach weather strips between garage door panels

You might not think of it, but rain and cold air can sneak into your garage by way of the slits between the panels of your overhead garage door. To prevent this, you can easily head to your preferred hardware store and find adhesive, v-shaped weather strips that will stick between garage door panels. This small project will ensure that the elements don’t have nearly as many chances to sneak into your garage.

Get a weather strip for the base of your door

Rain, cold air, dirt, and even critters can sneak their way into your garage under your door if you don’t add a weather strip to the base and sides of your door. There are many different kinds of weather strips that are easy to install, but try to get a hold of one with grooves at the bottom so that the strip can’t easily get stuck to the concrete floor of your garage. 

Go automatic with your door opener

The amount of energy you could be wasting by leaving your garage open for longer than necessary may be greater than you realize. Further, you don’t know what you could be exposing your belongings to when forgetting to close your garage door for as little as 15 minutes. For these reasons, you ought to consider installing an automatic or motion sensing garage door opener. An automatic opener/closer will sense inactivity and keep things closed up accordingly, keeping your belongings safe from the outside world.

No matter where you start with equipping your garage door from all seasons, your wallet will surely thank you. Any preventative measures you can take before disaster strikes will ensure you save money and avoid a headache down the line.

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Don’t Use This Popular Product On Your Door

One of the best ways to maintain your overhead garage door is to lubricate the moving parts of the door, such as the springs and rollers every few months. Many would have you believe that the “all-purpose” WD40 can be used on your garage door but let it be known that that’s far from the case. The product, which you most likely have lying around in your garage, doesn’t function as a lubricant and will instead strip away the oils of the parts you lubricate, eventually causing them to degrade. Instead, use grease, transmission fluid, or lubricant specifically made for garage doors.