If you’re like most Americans, your garage has turned into something that’s a lot more than just a place to store cars. And with this added functionality comes an added need for proper insulation techniques. Although this website is primarily about insulating your garage door itself, we’re after the added benefit and functionality that comes from replacing your garage door bottom seals and your garage door weather stripping as well.
It’s not a good idea to go to all the trouble of buying a garage door insulation kit and installing it, if you’re going to have cold or hot air the leaking in around the edges of the door and bottom of the door. When you do your garage door upgrade make sure that you do the entire upgrade. Replace the Weather-stripping as well.
Of course you need to start by picking up the proper weather stripping for your garage door. Obviously, you going to have to replace the garage door bottom seal and the threshold at the bottom of your garage door as well, but for the purposes of this article we’re going to talk about the weather stripping the goes around the sides of your garage door.
Normally this will come in one of two types: either they stripped with two flexible sides, or one has a single flexible side and a hard side.
I recommend that if it is at all possible, you cut off a piece of your existing garage door weather stripping and take it with you to the hardware store. Failing that simply whip out your cell phone take a picture of the side of your garage door, and some careful measurements and take that with you to the store. What you got your new weatherstripping selected, toss it in your truck and head back to the house.
Before you go ahead and do the final install, you should do a try a set. For least a portion of the weather strip, put it in place using duct tape or a similar method and open and close your garage door. Make sure nothing catches or binds. This is vital, unless you’re doing a direct replacement and putting in exactly the weatherstripping that you’re removing.
Unless your garage door weather stripping kit has instructions that dictate otherwise, you should start at the top of your garage door and work your way down. In addition, if it’s at all possible you should do the install with the door closed. This way you can take a look at the light coming in and around the door and see if you have any gaps. It’s always better to install something like this perfectly the first time that it is to go back and and fix any openings later.
So where are you going to find this ? Well if you know exactly what you need to most likely the best place to get it is going to be on Amazon .Com
If you’re unsure exactly what kind of garage door weather stripping is required, simply follow the instructions above and take a sample or photograph to your local Home Depot or Lowes and you will most likely find something that is either an exact match or very close them.
The plus side on this little project is that you will very quickly get rid of what can be some major drafts without investing more than an hour so of your time and a few dollars.