Getting Your Garage Door Seal Ready for Winter

What You'll Need
Door Seal
Cleaning Set

Getting your garage door seal ready for winter can be as easy as making a snowball. This seal is useful and beneficial not only in the wintertime, but also during any other change of season and climate. Your task will be to cover the annoying gap that lets air in so be ready to face this challenge. You'll be thankful you took care of it before it may cause any uncomfortable issues in your home's garage.

Step 1-Choose the Seal

You can choose from many different types of garage door seals to cover the small gap underneath the door that allows air and light to enter your garage. Kits tend to vary in price and size depending on where in the home they are going to be used. There are many different types of materials to choose from. You should also check the makeup of your flooring as it could be either asphalt or concrete. Taking these points into consideration, be sure to choose a sealing kit appropriate for your door. These kits can be purchased at any home improvement store in your area. Know how extreme the weather will be in your area and ask the hardware store expert if the snow will waste away the seal material.

Step 2 - Clean the Garage

Once you have the right kit, it's time to clean up the area of the garage where the door falls. This is a crucial step that must be performed before sealing installation. Prepare the workspace by removing any dirt, dust, and debris. Completely clean the floor and make sure it's empty. Focus especially on the area between the door and the floor. A degreasing soap will work wonders for this step so prepare hot water and start the process. After cleaning, have patience as you let the floor dry; otherwise, the surface will not attach properly to the door seal.

Step 3 - Align and Add the Seal

First, measure the appropriate length of seal and cut off what's unnecessary. Make sure the seal is set in the correct position-; check your owner's manual as they may advise on the sealing process depending on the model you acquired. Repeat this process for both the inside and outside sections of the door. Use a pencil to mark the position. Now, add adhesive inside of the marked section and carefully stick the seal on. Make sure to remove any adhesive residue. Continually check the position of the seal, especially before the adhesive has dried, to make sure it's not moving out of its desired position.  

Step 4 - Test the Garage Door

After having completed the above steps, your garage door should close without any problem. Before testing the door, wait one to two days for the adhesive to completely dry. If you tend to have very heavy winters with many snow-filled days, it might be worthwhile to consider weatherstripping instead.