Common Garage Door Seal Issues (Video)

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When it comes to maintaining the functionality and efficiency of your garage door, paying attention to the seals is essential. These small but critical components ensure that your garage door is secure, and they help to protect your garage from external elements and pests. In this video and blog post, we will delve into the details about bottom seals and perimeter seals on garage doors, signs of their failure, and their types.

Bottom Garage Door Seals

The bottom seal is located at the base of your garage door, providing a snug fit against the concrete floor when the door is closed. It helps to keep out pests, water, and drafts.

Common Signs of Bottom Seal Failure:

Seal Doesn’t Reach the End of the Door: This creates a sizable gap, allowing mice and other rodents to enter your garage.

  • Hardened Rubber: Over time, the rubber can harden, preventing it from properly sealing against the concrete. If you notice light peeking through under your garage door, this could be the issue. Test the seal by pinching the rubber to see if it’s flexible or hard.
  • Absent Bottom Seal: In some cases, you might find a door without a bottom seal at all, a clear invitation for various problems.
  • Seal Out of Channel: Sometimes the seal may slip out of its designated channel, rendering it ineffective.

Types of Bottom Seals

Different manufacturers produce different types of bottom seals, and it’s crucial to choose the right one for your garage door. Sometimes, a universal seal can be used if a specific seal is unavailable or no longer in production.

Perimeter Garage Door Seals

Perimeter seals run around the edges of your garage door, shielding it from the elements and preventing drafts and water ingress.

Common Signs of Perimeter Seal Failure:

  • Rubber Dry Rotting: The most common issue with perimeter seals. Dry rotting rubber will easily break, chip, and often show cracks along the edges.
  • PVC/Plastic Dry Rotting: The plastic components of the perimeter seals can also deteriorate, leading to breaking and chipping.

Questions about your garage door seals?

Examining your garage door seals regularly for any signs of failure is essential for maintaining the longevity and efficiency of your garage door. If you notice any issues or just want a professional to check them out, don’t hesitate to give Garage Door Guy a call. We’re here to ensure your garage door stays in optimal condition, protecting your space from pests, weather, and more.

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