When you undertake an insulation improvement project for your home, there are a lot of different details to take care of. If you are doing a major project, you may find yourself forgetting a few of the smaller details. One of these is making sure that your garage is properly insulated. Under that heading is the garage door. And at still another level under that, you have your garage door weatherstrip.
Fortunately, replacing your garage door weatherstripping is not all that hard.
First, go out to your garage and take a look at what you have now. Odds are, it is just a generic weatherstrip that you can pick up at your local Home depot. If it looks unusual, or slides into a groove on either the door frame or into the side of the door, find your garage door manual. Most likely, in the back you will see a parts list. Find the weatherstripping part number and Google it. Odds are, the manufacturers part number will pull up their site and you will be in a position to either order the part outright, or at least find a local dealer.
If it is a more generic looking weatherstrip, take a picture of it and head out to Home Depot. You’ll find something really close. Once you do, measure carefully and do a dry fit before you actually do a permanent install. With a portion of the weatherstripping in place, try opening and closing your garage door, making sure that nothing is getting caught in any part of the mechanism.
If you can, you may want to do this with the door closed. This means that you can check for light coming in around the edges of the door, which will be an indication of areas where you will have a draft. Adjust the weatherstripping so that you have a complete, tight seal all the way around the door.
This is just a small, quick project that will take less than an hour – but the benefits are multiple. If you use your garage as a workshop or rec room, you will benefit from a warm snug area. If this is part of an overall home insulation rehab, you will know that you are crossing all of your T’s and dotting all of your I’s.
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