March 10, 2015 · Garage Doors · (No comments)

Submitted by: Johnny Dorset

A garage door is important for so many reasons. First of all, it protects your garage, and anything in it, from the elements. This allows you to park your valuable vehicles in your garage without having to worry that they will be affected by the weather. Garage doors also help to keep your garage insulated. Ask someone who has a bad garage door how they feel about it and they will quickly tell you all about how they either freeze, or get really hot, in their garage. One of the most important parts of a garage door that helps to keep it insulated and perfect is the weather stripping. But weather stripping can break down and deteriorate over time. If yours does, it is actually very easy to fix it.

In order to fix your weather-stripping, you first need to get rid of the old weather-stripping. It is a good idea to replace all of the stripping you have at the same time, so that you don’t have to constantly keep redoing it. Use a flat head screw driver in order to take out any staples, or to raise the nails by prying up on the heads of them. Make sure that you use your screw driver to get rid of all the nails or staples that are keeping your weather stripping down. If your screw driver doesn’t seem to be working, try the claw end of your hammer, as that tends to work very well, too.

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Next, head to your local hardware store and purchase a weather-stripping kit. They’re relatively inexpensive and can be found in almost all hardware stores. The kit will include a long solid piece of rubber weather stripping as well as the nails or staples to hold it in place.

Once you’ve gotten rid of the weather stripping, make sure that what is left behind is clear and smooth. Use a piece of sand paper that has a low grit to it in order to sand down the bottom edge of your garage door. Then use a stiff brush in order to make sure that you’ve gotten rid of all of the debris. You want to ensure that everything on the bottom of your garage door is clean before you apply the new weather stripping, or it may just come off.

Once you’ve done this, you can attach the new weather-stripping. Make sure that you position it so that there is about a quarter of an inch of overhang left, and make sure as well that the weather stripping lines up on the outside of the garage door. Simply hold one end with one hand while stretching it just a bit, and use the other hand to staple down the weather stripping. Once you’ve got the whole thing stapled down, you can go back with your roofing nails and can secure it in place permanently. This easy-to-do project can be finished in just a few hours and can truly add insulation to your garage door to make the garage temperature comfortable during all seasons.

About the Author: Johnny Dorset works for Denver’s Choice Overhead Door Co.

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