Winter is a few months away, and right now the temperature is still boiling hot. Thinking about a freezing cold room might sound good right now, but cold rooms cost money. In fact, the same unpleasant chill in your garage during the winter probably transformed into an oppressive heat over the summer. That’s because your garage is the hardest room in the house to insulate. It has a lot of nooks and crannies that weren’t completely finished during the house’s construction. It’s mainly composed of exterior walls. Usually, the uninsulated attic hatch is letting air seep into the room.
But the biggest problem is the garage door itself. Here are three ways you can start to make your garage more temperature controlled by improving the door:
Check for gaps and damaged panels.
Garage doors can take a lot of damage over time. The front of a car might have barely tapped it if someone didn’t fully brake in time as they were pulling into the driveway. Someone on autopilot might have even backed up into the garage door from the inside without remembering to open the door. A variety of neighborhood basketballs might have bounced against the panels, and the door makes a convenient lean-to for bicycles.
No matter what caused the damage or how mild it might look, it probably lifted up the corners of the individual panels. Even though the seal was hardly breeze-proof to begin with, larger gaps and holes just let more air in unimpeded. It can also let rain and ice work their way inside.
A lot of people put off repairing the damage, even if it’s moderate or severe. That’s because a garage door seems like one object. You might see garage doors for sale, but separate panels are a rarer sight in big box stores. But you can get individual panels and rows replaced. Experienced technicians can zero in on precisely the format, shape, and connecting mechanism of your current door to find panels that fit right in.
Does the door go all the way to the floor?
Just like with broken panels, the main reason why your garage gets so cold in the winter is because cold air is coming right in. If your garage door is old and hangs crookedly, there’s going to be an unprotected sliver near the ground. This is even worse because it lets in more moisture, snow and ice, and even critters who think your garage is better than outside.
A garage door that doesn’t hang straight is a sign that something might be wrong with the springs. Just like with any sort of preventative maintenance, scheduling a service call early on can save you a lot of money on potential repairs. So if you notice a gap now, call it in. The last thing you want is a garage door that won’t close in the middle of winter.
Are the panels insulated?
Even if you don’t have gaps, the panels themselves make for pretty poor protection. Most garage doors are thin sheets of metal. While they might stop most of a breeze, they have a very low insulative value. When the temperature in your area can sit below freezing for weeks, that’s bad news.
So the next time you need to replace a panel or even your whole door, consider getting an insulated replacement. Newer models have R-values, which is the unit for measuring how effective insulation is, that are comparable to your walls. They achieve this without too much additional weight, and they come in a growing variety of styles and colors.
The more you can do ahead of time to get your garage ready for winter, the better. Contact us at Advanced Garage Solutions today if you have bent panels, a crooked door, or a door that isn’t as insulated as you would like.