Not every garage door repair job requires tinkering with springs, rollers or repairing garage door panels. The weatherstripping around the edges is just as important as the rest of the door and the insulating power of the door is greatly affected by the condition of this weatherstripping. But not a lot of people know that and it’s a part of the garage door that is often overlooked by many homeowners.
As it’s such a misunderstood part of the standard garage door, we thought it’d be a good idea to put together a post answering some of the most common questions about weatherstripping.
Garage Door Weatherstripping FAQs
If you've heard that garage door weatherstripping is important, but you have no idea what the hell it is, you've come to the right place. Hopefully, we can clarify a few things for you below.
Why Does Garage Door Weatherstripping Need to Be Installed?
This is almost like asking “why is garage door repair needed if the door won’t move?” OK, so maybe it’s not quite so obvious. But there are LOTS of reasons to have weatherstripping installed and to keep it in good condition. Some of the main ones include:
- It keeps water out, which is particularly important if you experience heavy rains or are at risk of floods in your area.
- It prevents airflow around the top, bottom and sides of the garage door meaning the temperature inside your garage is easier to control and remains more tolerable throughout the year.
- It helps to keep pests out, which might like to get inside your garage and set up home, potentially damaging or spoiling items that you have stored in the space.
When Should You Install Garage Door Weatherstripping?
We highly recommend you have this weatherstripping installed the same day you have your garage door installation completed. But if you have an older door that doesn’t have weatherstripping, there’s no time to waste. Have it installed now, and you’ll start benefitting right away.
If we had to choose a part of the year when you’ll see the most significant impact though, it’d be right before summer or winter. In these periods of the year, when the weather conditions are at their most extreme, weatherstripping will make the garage a noticeably more comfortable place to spend time.
How Long Will Weatherstripping Last?
This question is rather like asking someone "how long is a piece of string?" The answer really depends on a lot of different factors. The two that will have the most impact are how extreme local weather conditions are in your area, and the quality of the weatherstripping you have installed. If you opt for cheap, low-quality weatherstripping, you can expect to be calling your local garage door repair guy to ask him to replace it after a season. If you're prepared to spend a bit more, it will likely last 2 or 3 seasons. But one thing is for sure – it isn’t going to last as long as your door!
How Can I Tell If My Weatherstripping Needs Replacing?
If you already have weatherstripping fitted around the edges of your door, but are not sure how to determine if it’s past its best, carry out the following checks:
- Does the weatherstripping appear to be dried out and cracked? Touch it to see.
- Can you spot any gaps between the weatherstripping and the door, where it’s started to come away from the door?
- Are there parts of the weatherstripping that have completely come off and gone missing?
There’s another simple test that you can do to determine the weatherstripping’s effectiveness. With the garage door closed, turn off the lights and stand directly behind the door, about 2 meters away from it. Can you see any light making its way inside? If the weatherstripping is doing its job, you shouldn’t be able to see anything.
Can Weatherstripping Help Extend the Life of My Garage Door?
Yes, weatherstripping can directly reduce the need for garage door repair and increase your door's lifespan. This is because when weatherstripping is either not installed or not in good condition, the cold air that is able to filter in and around your door can cause a number of issues for some of the mechanical parts that are required to enable your door to open and close.
Metal can become brittle when subjected to fluctuating temperatures on a consistent basis, and parts like the rollers and hinges can be susceptible to weather damage. If you notice that your door is not opening and closing as smoothly as before, these components should be inspected.
By installing weatherstripping, cold air will be kept out and away from these key components. So you see, a small investment up front can yield long-term savings that are not to be sniffed at!
Need Help With Your Weatherstripping?
If you live in Parker or Broomfield and you need weatherstripping installed, but either don’t want or don’t know how to do it yourself, we can take care of this on your behalf. We’ve been carrying out garage door installation and repair work in the area for over two decades and will install this stripping to ensure your garage experiences the full range of benefits that this product offers. For further information or to talk to a member of our team about booking an appointment, call 303-920-2267 today.