How to Prepare Your Garage Door for the Winter

It’s finally Fall, which means the leaves are changing colors, football is on the TV, and chili is in the crockpot, right? Nothing sounds better than that after the long, hot, humid Summer! Fall is fun; however, it’s time for homeowners to finish up those summer projects you started and start preparing your home for the Winter months! To some, that means winterizing their gardens, cleaning out gutters, or servicing fireplaces or HVAC units. BUT- there is often one project many homeowners overlook, even though doing this can lead to more significant issues.

Winterizing Your Garage Door

As an important entry/exit point into your home, most haven’t thought about the impact of cold weather on the garage door. The truth is your garage is just as important as the other exteriors of your home – and is subject to wear and tear because it’s exposed to the elements. Not only that, but the average garage door opens and closes around 1500 times per year, and that’s at MINIMUM.

You don’t have to wait until the temperatures start to drop, but Fall is a great time to give your garage door some TLC. By dedicating a few hours to some necessary care and minor repairs, you can keep your door functioning at its best quality throughout the entire winter — no matter how cold weather gets.

What to do Now?

Clean, Clean, Clean

Before you start winterizing the garage, it needs a thorough cleaning. Sweep any debris, dirt, leaves, mulch, and bugs out of the area. Then, wash your walls, removing all dirt, dust, and cobwebs. (Leaf blowers may be beneficial here.. hint hint)

Check the Weatherstripping

Your weatherstripping helps keep not only the cold air out of your garage but dirt, debris, and insects. Over time, it gets weak and cracked and should be repaired or replaced, so it creates the perfect seal around your garage door.

If your weatherstripping is needing replaced, make sure that you measure correctly. To do this, shut the garage door and align your weatherstripping so that the rubber fold is level against your garage door.

Check for Air Leaks Around the Doors and/or Windows

Just like you don’t want dirt, bugs, or debris coming through the garage door itself, you don’t want air coming through any other windows or doors (especially the one into your home). A simple way to check is to start by turning off the lights and seeing if any light is coming from around the edges. If there are window leaks, you can fix this easily by applying fresh caulk. If it’s the door, replace the weatherstripping on those as well.

Insulate Your Garage Doors

When your garage is attached to your home, it shares at least one common wall, which means it can have such a significant impact on the heating or cooling of your homes’ temperature. To do this, you can buy different types of kits, with options like fiberglass, reflective barriers, and foam boards. The following link is a step-by-step guide to choosing the suitable insulation material for your garage and installing it correctly. Home Depot makes this very easy, right?!


Contact Bilt Rite Garage Doors

Need for more tips to winterize your garage? Or have any questions or concerns with your garage door? We’re here to help! Whether you need help winterizing, repairing, or servicing your door, Bilt Rite would love the opportunity to talk to you! Contact us today!