When winter comes around it’s important to winterize your garage to avoid further increased utility bills or even injury.
As a local garage door dealer and installer, we spend enough time around garages to know the important and often overlooked ways to prepare your garage for winter.
How to winterize your garage
When people ask about winterizing their garage, they’re normally asking how to insulate a garage door. Click that hyperlinked text for a step-by-step guide on how to do so. However, you’ll also want to check the weatherstripping and replace any cracked or loose strips around all of your garage doors and windows.
This will not only provide you with a warmer garage to walk into, it’ll also help prevent freezing of any pipes in the garage, protect any stored items in the garage, and help prevent the cooling of adjoining rooms which would lead to higher energy bills.
Clean the garage
Neat freaks rejoice! Yes, tidying up your garage is an important step to winterize your garage.
Freezing precipitation during winter months leads to slippery conditions and the last thing you want to do is injure yourself because of tools, boxes, or something else was simply out of place. Not only that, but you may also come across something you’re storing in your garage that you shouldn’t.
Freezing and fluctuating temperatures and moisture levels can ruin many household and food items. So, do a little organizing while you’re preparing to winterize your garage.
Do you need a space heater?
If you’re spending much time in your garage other than simply parking your car, you may want a space heater. Further, if you store anything that needs to be at a certain temperature or if you worry about bursting pipes, it could be a good idea to invest in one.
Just make certain you turn it off and unplug it when you are not using it.
Designate a ‘wet area’
If you’ve got kids (or live with a kid at heart), you likely have experienced someone ditching all of their wet winter clothes upon entering your home. For some, this is the garage. As you might have already said to them, this could pose safety issues.
To try to avoid this, create a space ahead of time where they can slip out of all their wet clothes and leave them to dry.
Winterize your garage floor
Winter weather can wreak havoc on your garage’s floor and make it unsafe to walk across.
To winterize your garage floor, start by cleaning it well. Then, apply sealant to protect it from the salt road crews use to melt ice. The sealant container should have instructions to guarantee successful application.
To help avoid slips and falls, place mats along the floor where you walk to get inside your home from the garage.
Get help winterizing your garage from local pros
If you want another set of eyes to look over your garage before winter, Garage Door Guy is the last call you’ll have to make.
Whether your garage door is already making noises or if you just want to make sure you’re ready for winter, give us a call at 417-413-3813 or click book now at the top right of this page!