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A garage is more than just space to park your car. It also gives you that extra space to store your stuff: your tools, bike or old couch. It can also provide extra living space for your grown son or your in-laws. A good garage door will improve the curb appeal of your property. But do you find that your garage is unusable in extreme weather? How do you ensure you can use that space throughout the year?
Choose the Right Garage Door
The first step towards weatherproofing a garage is choosing the right door. Some materials such as fiberglass, steel and aluminum do not insulate well and will need to be enhanced.
Regardless of which material you choose, though, you will still need a garage door that is insulated. Garage doors come in single, double or triple layers. A single layer garage door has no insulation.
A double layer door is filled with insulating material and covered at the back with a thin layer. A triple layered gives you the best insulation and soundproofing.
Here, the insulating material is sandwiched between two panels. Polyurethane foam offers better insulation than polystyrene.
Find out the level of insulation of the door before you buy it. The level of insulation is measured using the R value. A higher R value offers better insulation.
If your garage door does not have insulation or is falling apart, perhaps it's time to correct past mistakes and get a better one.
If your garage door is not insulated, but is still in good shape, you can add insulation. You can buy the insulation material (foam board) at your local DIY store and glue it to the back of your garage door.
Insulating your garage door offers the added benefit of making your door lighter and quieter.
Insulation alone will not do the job if your weather-stripping is worn. Good weather-stripping can last you up to ten years. However poor quality weather-stripping will need to be replaced every few years.
Check your weather-stripping for wear and replace if necessary. Remember to check the weather-stripping under the garage door.
Check for gaps on your garage door at night using a torch. Pay particular attention to edges, areas around sockets and wires. Use caulk to seal any gaps.
Weatherproofing your garage will not only make your garage comfortable throughout the year, it will also save you on energy costs and will increase your home's appeal. Contact a garage door service, like Garage Door Pros, for help with putting it all together.