Having an insulated garage provides protection from the elements for your workshop, automobiles and items stored in your garage. Many people in the South think they don’t need to worry about cold weather, but that’s not the case. Freezing temperatures can affect your garage wherever you live.
If a garage gets too cold it can not only damage vehicles, but anything you are storing inside your garage. If you have a boat, riding lawn-mower, pressure washer, or other power equipment in the garage your batteries can take a big hit from cold weather, not to mention liquids like solvents, cleaners, paint and other chemicals you may have stored in your garage. Extreme temperature swings can wreak havoc on garage contents. Fuel can gel up and cause serious problems when you attempt to fire up equipment in the spring months.
Freezing temperatures are hard on garages. Making sure your garage is winterized for harsh conditions is important and you don’t want to have to wait until the damage is done. There are several things you can do to ensure your garage and contents aren’t a victim of cold weather.
Garage weather stripping is one of the first things you can inspect for the winter months. Weatherstripping and seals can become brittle and cracked over time. When this occurs you can get cracks and leaks in the seals allowing cold weather to drift into your garage. The draft can allow your garage to rapidly drop temperatures causing damage. If you close your garage door and feel air coming inside it’s time to address the seals and weather stripping. Weather seals are located on the sides, and bottom of your garage door.
An insulated garage door is the best protection against cold weather. There are several options from installing a new door, to having your existing door insulated by a garage door professional. If your garage is not attached to your home it’s even more important to consider an insulated door. Attached garages pull heat and insulation from the house, but detached garages are really on their own when it comes to the elements.
The best thing you can do to make sure your garage is properly winterized is to contact a professional garage door service company and have them inspect your current situation. They will examine your current door, weatherstripping and even check the insulation in the structure upon your request. Garage door professionals will make recommendations based upon an onsite inspection and no guesswork.
Access Garage Door has been serving the Upstate of South Carolina for over 20 years and our professional staff can help provide peace of mind and a strong line of defense from winter weather. Contact us today to receive a free inspection and estimate. Don’t let “Old Man Winter” wreak havoc on your garage and everything inside.