As the cold weather approaches, there are numerous things that need to be done around the house in order to prepare it for the upcoming cold and damp season. It is no surprise, then, that a lot of people forget about the garage until the winter has actually set. This is often inconvenient because if you’re like most Americans, you use your garage for storage much more than you use it to park your car. However, during the colder months, it is useful to have your car indoors, at least during the night. So, what are some of the ways you can get your garage ready for the winter? Well, you can follow some of these tips.
Check the Insulation
Like the rest of your house, your garage is insulated to keep the warmth in. However, since it is usually not as well maintained as the rest of your home, chances are that the insulation is not as good. Make sure that the insulation is good on both your garage walls and the door. Different climates require different insulation materials, as well as the thickness of the insulation. For more tips about insulation and keeping your garage warm during the winter, consult this article
Exchange Summer Gear for Winter Gear
Where is your snow shovel? Most people will tell you that it’s in the garage somewhere. You may be thinking that you don’t need to worry about that just yet, but if you don’t strategize, you may end up with a huge clutter in your garage with little hope of ever finding what you need. Once the outdoor season is over, you will want to store your gardening equipment in there as well. Things like the rakes, the garden hoses, patio furniture and so on. All of that takes up a lot of space and will most probably obstruct your access to the things you may need. Lubricate Your Garage Door When it gets cold, the lubricant you have on your garage door can freeze or thicken, making opening the door difficult. However, there are lubricants which work just fine even in cold weather. Just keep in mind that you need to lubricate the metal bits, while plastic parts should be protected from the lubricant. When real winter sets in, don’t forget to clear away any ice or snow which may build up on or around your door if you want it to function well.Inspect the Weather stripping This is the part which connects your garage door with the garage door opening mechanism. Its main function is to create a seal between the two ensuring that no wind or cold air get in. However, over time this part of the garage door can become brittle and stop serving its function. If you have this problem, you will be able to tell in the winter when your garage becomes cold and drafty. On the other hand, you could prevent this problem right now and inspect the weather stripping for damage. If you notice extensive damage to it, you should replace it before the cold really starts. Simply pry it off and clean any sealant with a putty knife or a similar tool. When you’ve removed the old one, simply put in the new one. Just make sure that you measure it when the garage door is closed, so you can properly install it. Don’t forget about your garage when winter comes because your life will be much simpler with a warm, clean and organized garage.
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