A winterized garage will allow you to use the space year-round. In addition to having some extra space while we’re all cooped up at home, winterizing your garage also protects the items you store inside it. Get a head start on enjoying your garage all year long by taking on these projects to winterize your garage today.
1. Repair or Replace Weatherstripping
No one wants to spend time in a drafty room, especially in the winter. The same can be said for your garage where worn-out weatherstripping can let cool air in. Weatherstripping is the material between the bottom of your garage door and the floor. Its main purpose is to create a seal between the door and the floor so that no outside air can get in. It also helps keep warm air inside, so it’s essential in keeping your energy bills steady. Over time and with daily opening and closing of your garage door, your weatherstripping will eventually wear down. The good news is that this is a relatively easy problem to correct and once done, it will make a big difference in your garage. Click here to get in touch with a pro, such as a handyman, to replace the weatherstripping in your garage.
2. Add Insulation
While weatherstripping will help with drafts, if your garage isn’t insulated you’re still going to feel cold. There are many kinds of insulation, each with its own benefits and best uses. Depending on the state of your garage, you may only need to add a little spray foam or you may need full batts. Either way, an insulation specialist will be able to tell you the best kind of insulation for your garage to help keep the warm air in.
3. Update Garage Door
If your garage door is looking worse for wear or is more than 20 years old, you should think about replacing it. Not only does a modern garage door look better and increase your curb appeal, but it will also help keep your garage warm. This is because modern garage doors are built with insulation between the layers. If you have an older aluminum or steel door, there is only the door material itself protecting the inside of your garage from the outside elements. Click here to connect with a garage door specialist to talk about the options for your garage.
If you plan on spending a lot of time working in your garage over the winter, then you may want to invest in an additional space heater for the room. While these updates will help protect your garage from the outside elements, they will not increase the heat inside. If you do add a space heater, then the above updates will help keep the warm air in and ensure your garage stays toasty. When you’re ready to winterize your garage, be sure to speak to a pro to get their expert opinion.