Is your garage ready for winter? Although you probably don’t spend your free time hanging around your garage, you can’t forget to winterize this crucial room in your house—especially if you have valuables stored away. The process of winterization is when you prepare something for the winter.
Winterizing your garage might seem like a colossal chore right now, but compared to having to clean up snow, mud, and salt mixtures from your garage floor or taking care of a frozen pipe burst down the line, you’re better off prepping your garage right now. Taking the following steps will save you time and money in the future.
Insulate Your Garage Door
Garages lose a lot of warmth via the conduction across the surface of your garage door. Throughout the winter, this will bring your garage’s temperature down and close to outdoor temperatures. Drops in temperature can be particularly unpleasant if you live in a place that regularly sees -10 or -20 degrees in the winter. One of your first lines of defense is to insulate your garage door. It’s recommended that you install a foam board in the recesses between the frames of your garage door. For extra protection, install two layers of foam board. Don’t forget to insulate your garage walls.
Upgrade Your Weather Stripping
Most people tend to go for the cheapest option when it comes to weather stripping their garage door, and in most cases, that’s perfectly okay. However, depending on where you live, basic weatherstripping won’t be enough for your garage. Consider upgrading your weather strips to snow resistant ones, and you can even go for a weather seal. Weather seals are an effective way of keeping out the cold, the rain, insects, and anything else that could find its way under your garage door.
Install a Heater
A heater can be a significant expense, and you might require an inspection before you can install one in your home. However, if you need to regulate the temperature of your garage because you work inside of it frequently or because you store temperature-sensitive items, then a heater is a sound investment. When installing a heater, make sure to follow the proper instructions and that their airflow is optimized.
Cover Your Pipes
Cover any exposed pipes to keep your garage’s pipes from freezing and bursting. Insulate all exposed pipes by wrapping them with plastic or foam pipe wrap. Wrapping pipes with old towels or newspapers, then securing the wrapping with duct tape, is a great money-saving alternative. Ensure that all pipes traveling from inside our outside water lines are shut off and purged. Do this before the outside temperature drops to below freezing.
Waterproof the Garage Floor
Coat your garage floor with epoxy. Making sure that your garage floor is waterproof is essential because once the snow starts to fall, anything your vehicle pulls into the garage is going to track in caked-up mud, salt, and slush. Deal with it now before it becomes a problem.
Taking care of your garage also includes your garage door. You’ll need to make sure that your door is working in top condition for the winter and resolve any door issues as soon as possible. Contact The Garage Door Man if your garage door needs a repair.