If you’ve noticed dirt or water coming into your garage then it might be time to upgrade the sealant on your garage door. Many people also add extra seals around their doors to make them weatherproof if they’re turning their garage into a workspace. Neighborhood Garage Door Repair put together this guide to help you see what the best sealants are.
Garage Door Weather Stripping
This vinyl stripping is placed around the edge of your garage door. It’s a small piece of material yet can have a dramatic effect on the temperature inside your garage. It can keep your garage at least 10 degrees warmer or cooler than the outside temperature.
This can, in turn, affect the temperature of your house and lower your cooling and heating bills. If you’re going to convert your garage into a workspace or an office, this weatherstripping is a must-have item.
These types of seals go on your garage floor. When the garage door is closed, it creates a tight seal with the weather seal that’s on the bottom of your door. If you live in a cold climate that experiences cold winters, this type of seal would be a good addition to your garage.
This is a good option if there’s a gap between your door and the ground when it’s closed or if you have a driveway that slopes toward your door. This type of seal can help keep water from coming into your garage. It’s important to note, though, that it also keeps water in your garage. If you like to hose out your garage then this might be a problem for you.
Sealant on Bottom of Door
The weather seal comes with nearly all garage doors that have been manufactured in the last several decades. This black piece of vinyl is placed on the bottom of your door to create a seal when your door is closed. They come in several different types such as:
- Bulb seal
- Beaded seal
- Insulated seal
Most garage doors come with bulb seals. However, you might need a different seal, such as an insulated seal, depending on your needs.
Panel Weather Seals
This type of weatherstripping is placed between the panels. This is used more commonly in older doors that have a small gap between panels. When used in conjunction with the weather stripping around the door, it can nearly eliminate any airflow coming through the door.
Newer garage doors typically have interlocking panels that eliminate the need for the panel weather seals. If you have an older door, this weather seal comes in rolls with adhesive on one side. To install it, you simply stick it between your door panels.
Call Our Team
Neighborhood Garage Door Repair can help you see which type of sealant you need for your garage door. Our team can also help replace your sealant if it’s become worn down or damaged. Call our friendly, knowledgeable staff today so we can help you out!