Why Winterize Your Garage

The first day of fall is here, bringing with it cool temperatures and falling leaves. And before you know it, temperature will drop even more as fall becomes winter. It’s a great time for sledding and enjoying the white scenery, but it is also a time when proactive homeowner-ship really starts to pay off. There are many things you can do before winter arrives to help make this winter a warm, and economical one for your family. It’s a good idea to clean out your gutters to allow that snow to melt away properly, and seal any cracks or holes in your home before winter to keep the cold air out. But what about you garage? Why winterize your garage?

Forgotten Space
The fact of the matter is, the garage is a notorious for being forgotten when it comes to winter prep. But it is a large space that actually has a big impact on the temperature of your home. If your garage isn’t insulated, the temperatures can easily reflect outside temps rather than your cozy inside temperatures. Your garage doesn’t need to be as warm as your home, but as one of the largest points of entry it’s a good idea to keep it above freezing. This will save you the hassle of fixing broken pipes or other damage caused from freezing temperatures. Plus a warmer garage will mean you’re less likely to lose precious heat from your home. Another way you can winterize your garage is by insulating your garage door as well as the walls.

Keep it Dry
Besides keeping cold air out of your garage, you want to keep winter moisture out as well. This will help you avoid tracking water, mud, and other unwanted messes into your home. It will also help avoid any water damage, mildew, or mold growth in your garage. One way to make sure your garage is sealed is by replacing or upgrade the weatherstripping on your garage door. Overtime your weatherstripping may become cracked, broken, or just worn out. When you replace it, it’s best to choose a good quality weattherstrip to keep moisture out as well as pests! For help installing your new weatherstripping, call the garage experts at The Garage Door Man.

Take Care of Repairs
If your garage door has any damage that needs to be repaired, it’s best to take care of it while you’re winterizing your garage.  Take a good, hard look at your garage door. Are there any cracks or holes that need to be filled? Are any of the hinges bent or loose? Is the track clean and free of debris? Is there any rust or damage to any of the hardware? It’s important for any and all of these issues to be taken care of as soon as possible, and especially before winter arrives. This will help you to extend the life of your garage door, as well as keep your garage and home warmer this winter.

For the best of the best when it comes to garage door repairs and maintenance, contact The Garage Door Man. If you’re looking perfectly functioning, secure, and beautiful garage door, look no further!