Weatherstripping is what you use to seal the gaps around your garage door. Weatherstripping a essential in cold climates because a cold garage creates cold walls in your house, which means cold rooms and higher electric bills. It’s generally an easy job, but here are a few things to think about before you start your project.
Don’t underestimate how much weatherstripping you will need. Weatherstripping is not expensive, so it’s OK to buy a little more than you need. Also, with regards to the bottom of your door, you will need to wrap the weatherstripping up the side of the door, so make sure that you have at least 6 inches extra for the width of the door.
Weatherstripping for your garage door can be bought at any hardware store, but some brands sell their own variety, so make sure you get the right kind. When you remove the old weatherstripping, you may find that it difficult to come off; therefore you may have to use a pry bar to get the nails out. Whichever instrument you choose, don’t be too rough because you will damage the door. When yo install the weatherstripping, start at the top and work your way down. Many feel that the door should be in a closed position when installing the weatherstripping because it allows you to visually confirm that the seal is complete, but that is a personal call.
Problems in weatherstripping arise when the space around the door is not even. This is often because the door was not hung properly, or has not been maintained. In this case a maintenance check from a professional garage door repairman will be necessary. You should not try this sort of adjustment yourself.