The weatherstripping on your garage door helps keep dirt, debris, cold air, pests and intruders from entering the garage and impacting or perhaps endangering the home and everyone in it. Weatherstripping is particularly valuable as a means of keeping winter weather outside where it belongs which in turn keeps your heating bill under control. (If your garage is an icebox it’s going to pull heat from adjoining rooms and make the furnace work overtime to keep up with the loss.) There are a several different types of weatherstripping for your garage door. None of them are particularly expensive or as difficult to deal with as, say, garage door opener repair.
Weatherstripping Advice from the Area’s #1 Garage Door Repair Company
Weatherstripping is one of the unsung heroes of the modern home. Most of the time it goes about its job without anyone paying any particular attention. Once it begins to wear out however, you’ll start to notice things in the garage are colder and draftier and that there’s just something a bit off about the whole garage environment in general
What Constitutes Worn Weatherstripping?
Weatherstripping is one of the unsung heroes of the modern home. Most of the time it goes about its job without anyone paying any particular attention. Once it begins to wear out however, you’ll start to notice things in the garage are colder and draftier and that there’s just something a bit off about the whole garage environment in general.
Like anything else weatherstripping will break down with age. Exposure to the elements, friction and perhaps the efforts of determined pests are other reasons weatherstripping loses its ability to seal your garage door. You should inspect the weatherstripping on your garage door at least once a year, or have it inspected by garage door repair pros. Different types of weatherstripping break down in different ways:
- Rubber and vinyl weatherstripping typically becomes brittle or cracked. If left unattended long enough it will lose its shape and become ineffective at sealing the door.
- Self-adhesive foam tape will suffer from adhesive failure over time and the foam can lose its elasticity which means it won’t spring back and fill the gap.
- V-shaped, spring-metal weatherstripping often winds up coming loose, cracking and becoming bent out of shape. When that happens it loses its viability as a sealant.
Removing Worn Out Weatherstripping
For self-adhesive weatherstripping just grab it by the end and pull it away from the door or frame. With other types of weatherstripping you’ll need to remove the fastening agents before it will come loose so it can be replaced. Keep in mind too that you’ll want to make sure the surface where the old weatherstripping was is clean and clear and ready to accept new material.
Different Ways to Seal the Garage Door with Weatherstripping
There are 3 ways a Broomfield garage door repair company will apply weatherstripping to your garage door:
The Bottom Seal
The Threshold Seal
Garage Door Frame Weatherstripping
A Few Common Sense Installation Tips
- Don’t apply your peel-and-stick type weatherstripping if the temperature is less than 50 degree Fahrenheit unless it states on the package that it’s safe to do so.
- Always measure twice before cutting your strips of rubber or vinyl weatherstripping.
- Always face the open end of the V-shaped weatherstripping toward the elements.
If you need to have someone install your weatherstripping for you or fix the garage door on your home call A Better Garage Door today.