Tips for Winterizing Your Garage Door

January 16th, 2018


As the outdoor temperatures continue to drop, now is the time to winterize your garage door, if you haven’t already. Extreme temperatures can wreak havoc on your garage door's mechanisms and structural integrity, and too many homeowners find themselves paying for costly repairs that could have been avoided with a few preventative measures. Here are a few tips to ensure that your garage door is properly protected this winter.

Insulate Garage Door and Walls

One of the easiest ways that you can control the temperature of your garage is to ensure that it is properly insulated. If your garage door doesn’t have any insulation, then there is almost no barrier between your garage's interior and the cold, outdoor air.

It's important to note that insulation can be deceptively difficult to install. Do your research to ensure you know the proper insulation thickness for your walls, and make sure that it is securely fastened and cut just the right length for the space.

Replace Weatherstripping

As temperatures begin to cool, you may feel cold air seeping into the garage between your garage door and the opening. If this is the case, then it's time to remove and replace the old weatherstripping. Using a putty knife, pry bar or flat scraper to scrape away the sealant residue, ensure that the surface is as clean and smooth as possible. Then, measure your new weatherstripping by aligning it along the opening so the rubber flap flattens slightly against the door. This will allow it to create a good seal while still allowing the door to easily open and close.

Install a Heating Unit

While weatherstripping and insulation will help keep the cold air out, it's not enough to keep the garage warm. For that, you'll need to install a unit heater. Your garage may already have a built-in radiator, but if it doesn't, you can install a gas or electric heating unit. Space heaters are not only inexpensive and relatively easy to install, but they can help your home's interior stay warmer and protect your pipes and stored belongings from damage resulting from extremely cold temperatures.

Repair Cracks and Holes

No matter how many layers of insulation you've added to your garage door or how efficient your space heater may be, if you have cracks or gaping holes, your garage will still be cold and vulnerable to damage. Prior to installing insulation, check for cracks and holes in the walls and garage door and patch up any that exist.

Hire a Professional to Help

Even if you're experienced in taking on home improvement challenges yourself, when it comes to garage door maintenance, numerous safety concerns and property damage risks come into play. Installing weatherstripping correctly is easier said than done, and insulation that is not properly installed can cause your garage door to come off its track or fail to open. By hiring a professional, you can be sure that your garage will be properly winterized, protecting your investment and allowing you to enjoy a more comfortable winter season.

At AmeriServ Garage Doors & Openers, we have been providing professional installation and repair services for over two decades. To learn about the services we provide, or to schedule a winterization tune-up for your garage door, give us a call at 678-264-6602 or visit us online at: