These cold mornings are the first sign of a season shift. The days are becoming increasingly shorter and overnight temperatures are, unfortunately, dipping lower with each passing day. While you shouldn’t hesitate to squeeze every last drop out of the beautiful fall season, it’s also time to start preparing for the upcoming winter.
When it comes to the interior of your home, the central heating system is enough to keep things reasonably comfortable. However, central heat in most homes does not extend to the garage area. Because of this, it’s important to take further steps to prepare your garage for colder weather.
At Perfect Fit Garages, we design custom garage storage systems for garages of all shapes and sizes. However, we also strive to help our clients protect the investment they’ve made in a garage storage system by being adequately prepared for the changing seasons. Here are a couple tips for winterizing your garage:
Adequate weather stripping should provide a complete seal between your garage door and the door opening. If this stripping becomes brittle over time, it can crack and allow air to enter between the door and the doorframe.
This results in cold drafts that will make your garage space uncomfortably cold. Proper replacement of weather stripping requires removal of existing stripping and sealant. The surface where the new stripping will be installed should be as clean and smooth as possible in order to ensure a proper seal.
If you haven’t already installed insulation on all your garage walls, now is the time to do so. You should be able to purchase the correct type of insulation at your local hardware store, but the installation process does require a bit of expertise.
First off, make sure you discuss your specific needs with someone at the hardware store to make sure you purchase the proper thickness for your walls. When you do install the insulation, you want a snug fit, but it’s also important to avoid packing too much insulation into a given area.
Garage Door Check
This is also a great time to perform a thorough check on your garage door. Make sure you identify bent or loose hinges and examine the door track for any dirt or debris that has accumulated during the summer months.
The winter months will put your garage door under a good deal of stress, and making sure everything is intact before the weather really begins to turn sour will ultimately make your efforts to keep your garage clean and warm much easier.
Most people don’t necessarily consider lighting when it comes to winterizing their garage, but this can be just as important as any other pre-winter checks you perform. Although the days are becoming inevitably shorter, your schedule is most likely becoming busier. When you return home from a long day, and it’s already dark, it’s essential that your home’s driveway and entry path be clearly lit. While this won’t help you keep your garage warm through the winter, it will go a long way towards avoiding potentially devastating slips and falls.
At Perfect Fit Garages, our services extend beyond the design of custom garage storage solutions. We want to help you stay safe and keep your garage warm throughout the winter months. If you have any specific questions about your garage area, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 403-768-3052 today!