Tips to Winterize Your Garage Door

Over the river and through the woods can only happen if you can get the car out of your garage. Winter can do a lot to your garage door, from freezing shut to letting in the cold. Take action and winterize your garage door so you can avoid hassle all winter long.

Perhaps the biggest complaint of garage owners is the cold feeling that slowly seeps into the garage space. Garage doors are rated with an R-value, which indicates how easily heat is retained or transferred through the material. A higher R-value means greater efficiency. Attached, unheated garages should have a door with an R-value between seven and nine.

If you want to increase the R-value of your garage door, add insulation. Foam board is the most popular options as it is easily installed and can be cut down to size to fit your panels. For some doors, such as steel doors, batt insulation is a great choice. Measure your garage door before you head to the store, so you know how much insulation to buy.

You may also consider insulating the walls and/or ceiling of your garage. While this is less of a DIY project, it is critical for protecting the heat retention of spaces inside your home. If you have a room over the garage, insulate the garage ceiling. If your garage shares multiple interior walls with your home, insulate your garage walls. The more insulation your garage has, the warmer your home will be.

READ MORE: How to Keep a Garage Door from Freezing Shut

Seal Gaps
All the insulation in the world won’t keep you warm if you have major gaps under your garage door or around the sides. Weather stripping can wear out quickly, especially if you experience temperature extremes. Old, worn out seals will crack and flatten, letting in cold air and moisture. Many doors have an easily replaceable rubber seal that slides into a track at the bottom of the door. A new seal will create a solid air and water barrier that will keep your home warmer and help avoid your garage door freezing shut.

Gaps can also appear at the sides and top of your garage door. Wooden trim at the edges of your garage door rot and peel away, creating spaces for the cold to seep in. Vinyl edging is a great replacement option. Thin, rubber weather stripping can be installed onto the stop molding around the edges and top of the door with simple nails or screws. In some case, gaps may appear because your garage door is slightly off track or you have a damaged panel. In those cases, call a professional for a repair.

READ MORE: What to do When Your Garage Door is Off Track

Tune Up
Winter is the ideal time for some general maintenance and a garage door tune up. Check and replace the batteries in remotes and key pads. Lubricate the moving parts of your garage door—springs, tracks, hinges, etc. Lubricants specifically designed for garage doors will work best and last you through the entire winter. Replace any cracked or worn hinges and rollers before they break and cause problems.

For a thorough tune up, call the Sears team at 866-375-3631 for a 20-point inspection. Our experienced technicians will make sure your garage door is functioning correctly and will continue working for you throughout the entire winter. It’s never too late to winterize your garage door with the help of Sears. Call or click HERE to schedule your appointment today.