Weatherproofing your garage door is essential to keep the elements out, improve energy efficiency, and maintain a comfortable environment inside the garage.
Here are some weatherproofing tips for garage doors:
Install weatherstripping around the perimeter of the garage door. This includes the bottom, sides, and top. Choose a weatherstripping material that is suitable for your climate, such as vinyl or rubber.
Install a threshold seal at the bottom of the garage door. This helps prevent water, debris, and pests from entering under the door. Threshold seals are available in various materials, including rubber and aluminum.
Garage Door Bottom Seal:
Ensure that the bottom seal (also called a gasket or astragal) is in good condition. Replace it if it shows signs of wear or damage.
Some garage doors have a U-shaped bottom seal that slides into a track, while others have a bulb-type seal that attaches to the bottom of the door. A qualified garage door technician, such as those at A1 Door Company, can easily identify which type & size is appropriate and install it for you.
Consider adding insulation to your garage door. Insulated doors help regulate temperature, making the garage more comfortable and energy-efficient.
Insulation kits may be available for your existing garage door, or you may want to considering upgrading your garage door to an insulated type.
Seal Cracks and Gaps:
Inspect the garage door for any cracks or gaps in the panels. Seal them with caulk or an appropriate sealant. Check the connection points between panels for any openings. If needed, adjustments may need to be made to your door, or additional weatherproofing measures may need to be installed to fully seal any openings.
Paint or Seal Wooden Doors:
If you have a wooden garage door, make sure it is properly sealed or painted. This helps protect the wood from the elements and prevents warping.
Keep the garage door and its components in good condition. Lubricate moving parts, tighten loose screws, and replace damaged or worn-out parts promptly. Members of our Always Up Maintenance Plan receive annual inspections and maintenance to catch and correct problems early.
Consider a Garage Door Upgrade:
If your current garage door is old and inefficient, consider upgrading to a newer, more energy-efficient model with built-in weatherproofing features.
By implementing these weatherproofing tips, you can enhance the performance of your garage door, improve energy efficiency, and create a more comfortable and protected space inside your garage. Regular maintenance is crucial to ensuring the longevity of these weatherproofing measures.
Rodents & Pests
Keeping insects, rodents and other pests out of your garage requires a combination of preventive measures and regular maintenance. If insects or rodents are a concern, here are some effective tips to help you keep pests away:
Seal Entry Points:
Inspect the garage for any gaps or holes in the walls, doors, and windows.
Seal all entry points using caulk, weather stripping, or steel wool.
Pay special attention to areas around pipes, vents, utility entrances and garage doors.
Install Door Sweeps:
Install door sweeps on all exterior doors to create a barrier that rodents cannot easily pass through.
Keep the Garage Clean:
Remove clutter and unnecessary items, as they provide hiding places for rodents.
Regularly clean up any spilled food, crumbs, or debris.
Store items in sealed containers rather than cardboard boxes.
Properly Store Food:
Keep pet food in airtight containers and avoid leaving pet food bowls in the garage overnight. Food for bird feeders is particularly attractive to rodents so keep these stored in airtight containers as well.
Place natural repellents such as peppermint oil-soaked cotton balls or cedar blocks in strategic locations.
Consider using electronic ultrasonic repellent devices.
Place traps in areas where rodents are likely to travel, focusing on corners and along walls.
Check and reset traps regularly.
Remove Water Sources:
Fix any leaks promptly. Consider using a dehumidifier to reduce moisture in the garage.
Trim branches and vegetation around the garage, as overhanging limbs can provide easy access for rodents.
Conduct regular inspections of your garage to identify and address any new potential entry points or signs of rodent activity.
Your garage door should be equipped with seals along the bottom and sides. Over time these seals can wear, degrade or become damaged and may require maintenance or repair.
If you have persistent insect or rodent issues, consider consulting with pest control professionals.
Remember that a combination of these methods is often more effective than relying on just one.
Regular maintenance and vigilance are key to preventing rodent infestations in your garage.