Now that winter has arrived, we at Door Guys would like to remind our clients and readers about some winter tips for keeping overhead doors running smoothly throughout the winter. First of all, a simple salting of the area around the door works wonders. Assess the condition of your garage door and potentially consider an insulated door if you haven’t already, you should do a little routine maintenance. The importance of lubrication can’t be stressed enough. The Metal moving parts should be lubricated regularly, but it’s even more important to keep them lubricated when the icy conditions strike.
If your garage door is already insulated it will have weather-stripping around its edges, it’s important to check over these things before winter swings into full gear. Insulation degrades over time, and things like garage door seals and weather-stripping lose their ability to keep out cold air and moisture. Ensure you use a lubricant that’s designed for garage doors and their components. WD-40 will work in a pinch, but avoid lubricants made with petroleum and silicone.
Do-It-Yourself Winterization for All Types of Garage Doors
Waterproof the garage floor if you have not already done so.
Coating your garage floor with epoxy is a relatively easy (albeit time consuming) task which can greatly prevent disaster down the road. All the snow and slush tracked in in the winter will slowly eat away at the floor creating massive headaches down the line and a couple gallons of epoxy can save that trouble.
Caulk around your garage door.
Caulking around your garage door can seem intimidating to first-timers, fortunately, Lindsay Ballard — who runs a home improvement blog called Makely put together this video tutorial that details how to weatherize your garage door:
Insulating an existing door
If you have a wood frame-and-panel garage door, rigid insulation is optimal. Foam board is probably the most popular and effective option, and it comes in rigid panels that can be cut to size. If these are well-placed in the recesses between the frames of your garage door, it can provide some excellent insulation at a fraction of the cost of a new insulated door. For extra insulation, consider installing two layers, while initially less cost effective, it will provide excellent results. Foam board insulation has an R-value of between three and six.
If you have a steel garage door, technically, you can use any kind of insulation. However, batt insulation tends to be the most popular, versatile and easiest to use.The R-value of batt insulation ranges from three to four per inch. The more you use, the better the insulation rating you will achieve.
Garage Door Seals and Weather Stripping
If you’ve noticed that there are gaps around the edges of your garage door, you may need to install or replace the weather stripping. This is totally normal, but that doesn’t mean it’s good. Those cracks expose the interior to the conditions, where they can wreak havoc. Properly installed garage door seals and weather-stripping can be used to close those gaps in order to insulate your garage more efficiently.
PVC stop molding is great when it’s properly installed, it effectively closes those gaps. The durability of PVC is astounding. Reverse-angle jamb seals are also popular. Another option is to install garage door seal retainers around all edges of the door. You can then easily swap out new inserts when needed. Popular materials for such seals include vinyl and rubber.