During the winter, garages are one of the largest sources of heat loss given the large size of the garage door. Therefore, if you are concerned with how energy-efficient your business is, you will need to use weatherstripping to make sure that your garage door is as energy-efficient as possible by preventing hot air from escaping.
1. Replace Damaged Weatherstripping
If you notice any cracked, brittle, or missing weatherstripping, you should have the weatherstripping replaced with something else. Fortunately, weatherstripping is easy to replace. Purchase the weather stripping and cut it to size so that it fits in the spot where the weatherstripping is missing. Then, insert the weatherstripping into the grooves using a flange. Top and side weatherstripping are used to close the gap between the door and door jamb. The bottom strip seals the gap between the bottom of the garage door and the concrete. If you are only replacing some of the weatherstripping, you should use the same material as the weatherstripping for the rest of your garage. However, if you intend to replace all of the weatherstripping, PVC stop molding is one of the best because it is very durable.
2. Add Insulation
Insulating your garage will also reduce the amount of heat that escapes. If you have a steel door, you can use any type of insulation. However, the best option is to use batt insulation, which is made out of fiberglass and has a foil or paper backing. If you have a wood frame panel, you may want to use rigid insulation. However, if you have a flat garage door, you will want to use a foam board. A foam board can be attached to your garage door. However, it is recommended that you have the board attached by an expert because your garage door springs will need to be adjusted to account for the added weight. Usually, you can have up to two layers of insulation installed.
3. Check Your Door For Openings
Inspect your garage door regularly to make sure there are no openings. Your garage door might be letting cold air in simply because it has a crack or is damaged in some other way. One way to identify an opening is to stand in the garage with the lights out during the day. If you can see light, you may need to replace a vinyl seal or you may need to add more insulation.
If you don't feel up to the task yourself, contact Lipe Brothers Garage Doors or other garage door professionals in your area.