Installing or replacing a garage door is a good time to weatherize your garage. Due to the size of the door, it can be a major source of air getting in and out of your home. The result is often higher than expected energy costs. Here are some ways you can weatherize your garage.
Opt for an Insulated Garage Door
There are a range of features available on a garage door. One of those is insulation that is already layered inside the door's walls. Instead of having insulation applied to the door after it is installed, you can save a step and buy a door that is already insulated.
When you have to apply the insulation later, you can run into various problems, including the insulation being too snug and causing the door to jam. If the door is already insulated, you only have to ensure that the door fits the opening.
Install a Heater
You can further protect your home from air flooding into the home by installing a heater in the garage. The heater works in a similar manner as the one in your home. It helps to regulate the temperature in your garage and limit the amount of cold air getting into your home.
If you are considering a gas heater, you have to factor in the need for a vent. Carbon monoxide can buildup in the garage and flow into your home. You also have to ensure that there are gas lines running to the garage to power the heater. By contrast, an electric heater usually only requires plugging it into an outlet.
Apply a Sealant
Sealants help to not only keep out the cold air, but they keep out moisture from rain and snow. The sealant is applied along the area where the door meets the ground.
As an added measure, you can apply weather stripping to the bottom of the door. There is usually a small gap between the door and the ground. The gap can allow in air from outside of your home. Weather stripping kits are available in home improvement stores and are relatively easy to install. Measure your door before shopping for the kit to ensure you have enough materials to complete the job.
For other ways to weatherize your garage door during the installation, consult with your contractor. He or she can assess your door and the garage itself to find any areas that can be improved to help keep your energy costs down.