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Five Simple Ways to Winterize Your Garage

The winter season brings a host of new challenges for homeowners: salt, slush, dirt, moisture, and cold air can all cause damage to your garage and its contents. Luckily, there are many strategies to winterize your garage and protect your home and property. Some of the most effective are:

Ensure proper seals

The best method to keep winter weather at bay is to lock it out. Checking your weather stripping, door seals, and other areas of ingress for cold air and moisture will help reduce your heating costs and protect items stored in your garage from damage. Specialized weather stripping is available specifically for garage doors that may be more effective than other options. Installing a complete door seal at your threshold is worth considering as well if you find moisture or animals coming in beneath your garage door. If you notice cold air coming in through your garage door frame it may need caulked and properly resealed in the summer to prevent additional issues.

Insulate your door and walls

If bitter cold is seeping into your garage, you should consider insulating the door. Not only does this specialized option help reduce heating costs in the winter, your garage should stay cooler in the summer as well. Foam board installation can be cut down to fit between the panels of your garage door to add a layer of protection. Garage walls are also a component of homes that frequently are not insulated – consider having insulation installed to further reduce heat loss. Adding foam board to your doors will require adjusting or replacing your spring depending on how much weight is added. A professional consultation may be necessary to prevent damage or possible injuries due to an overloaded spring.

Prevent frozen or burst pipes

If you want to winterize your garage, you should prevent potential water damage due to frozen or burst pipes. Depending on your home’s layout, some plumbing pipes may be exposed in the garage. If these are running to outdoor spigots or other outlets, shut off and drain the line before temperatures drop below freezing. Then, seal and insulate the pipes with plastic or foam pipe wrap. Water damage is always a pain – ice damage to the interior of your garage can be disastrous when coupled with the cost of plumbing repairs for burst pipes.

Install a Heating Unit

If you use your garage as a workshop or store temperature-sensitive items in it, you should consider installing a heater. While this might require you complete an inspection before installation, a heater will increase your garage’s value, keep you comfortable, and help reduce damage to your property. Make sure that you consider proper airflow when selecting your heater and determining how best to install it. Seeking professional advice is of the utmost importance to ensure proper selection, installation, and safety considerations are taken into account when installing a heating unit.

Get Organized

Garages can easily become disorganized messes that hold too much stuff that never gets used. Take some time ahead of the season to organize clutter so you can easily access any part of your garage that may require attention in the cold seasons. Developing a preventive maintenance schedule for regular checks of major garage components throughout the year is a good thing to do as well. Remember, you can’t fix a problem if you don’t know it’s there.

If your garage requires further attention contact us for a consultation. Our team of experts can help winterize your garage door and keep your space working the way you count on.

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