Recognizing Garage Door Issues

Insulating Your Garage Door: What You Can Do

by Billy Olson

Your garage is not exactly living space, but it can get pretty cold inside if you don't have it insulated. Not to mention if you have gaps in the doors you could be inviting pests to come inside, as well as cold air. Adding weather stripping can help keep pests and the cold air out. Adding insulation panels can also keep the cold air out of your garage. See below for more information, including tips and instructions to insulate your door.

Add Weather Stripping

Add weather stripping to the bottom of your garage door. If your door has cracked, broken or missing weather stripping it should be replaced. You can find new weather stripping at your local hardware store. Simply remove the old weather stripping and install the new stripping using the manufacturer's instructions.

Weather stripping around the door opening will also help keep cold air, snow and rain out. Adding this weather stripping doesn't take too long. Start at the bottom of one side and begin nailing it into place all the way up the side of the door. Move your way up to the top and then down the other side of the door. Repeat on your other door (if you have more than one).

Install A Threshold Seal

Install a threshold seal on the floor of your garage where your door meets the floor. The seal helps add an extra seal to prevent cold air, weather and pests from getting inside. Add glue to the garage floor and then lay down the seal pressing it into place. Cut off any excess.

Add Insulation

Add insulation panels to the inside of your garage door. You can use foam insulation board cut to size and then glued to the inside panels of your door. Clean the doors first with a deep cleaner such as TSP so the glue will adhere properly. You can also use a roll of radiant barrier to serve as insulation as well, or you can purchase actual garage door insulation panels.

Insulating your garage door can help save you money on heating bills as you are keeping the cold air out of your garage and out of your home as well. If your doors are not insulated, you could have a lot of cold air seeping into your home from your garage doors. Keep an eye on your weather stripping, seals and insulation, and look for gaps in any of these areas where you could have a cold air leak.