With proper insulation, every part of your garage door will be better protected from weather damage. The walls and ceiling of your garage will be protected from moisture and mold. The metal parts of your car will be at lower risk of rusting. The question is, how do you get the proper insulation? The answer is simpler than what you might think.
Keeping Water and Dust Out
If you get inside your garage during the day and you do not turn the lights on, you will see that sunlight is coming through the slots and gaps that exist between the door and the walls, as well as between the door panels and the floor. This is how rainwater and dust can get inside. The purpose of insulation is to fill these slots and to block the entry of these damaging nuisances, as well as prevent air from escaping, which helps maintain your indoor temperature. That way, the risk of damages and the need for garage door repair will be lower.
The Bottom Seal
The most important insulation component is the bottom seal. It protects the door from water, ice, road salts and other common threats. It prevents the entry of various insects and rodents as well. The seal is made from rubber material and helps keep cold air from outside at bay.
Weather Seal Installation
There are two options to select from when it comes to getting a bottom weather seal installed. An aluminum garage door track can be installed at the bottom to hold the seal in place. Alternatively, the seal can be secured using small nails or staples. The first option is costlier, but much more reliable.
Knowing When Replacement is Due
No matter how good the seal is, it will have to be replaced eventually. If you see sunlight coming from under the bottom of your garage door, then it a timely replacement is due. In general, you can inspect the seal for wear and tear damage as part of your regular garage door maintenance routine to ensure it's up to standard.
Not Just The Bottom
Weather strips have to be installed on the sides and on the bottom part of the garage door. They are usually made from rubber or vinyl and are thinner than the bottom seal. They are installed with the use of tacks which help to secure them in place. They also need to be replaced from time to time, but typically less frequently.
Contact our experts at Garage Door Repair Miami to make sure your door is properly insulated.