We tend to think of garage door maintenance come Fall when “Winterizing” is on our minds, but weatherizing your garage doors will protect your home from pests, insects, leaves,water, dirt and extreme temperatures any time of the year.
Is the above photo shocking?
This is the bottom weatherstrip on my garage door. It’s shifted, been chewed and/or frozen to the ground and ripped, it was full of sawdust and water and clearly completely ineffective in sealing out anything that wanted to come hibernate in my garage.
What’s worse is I had no idea.
When the garage door is down you don’t see this, and I’ve never looked up when the garage door is up. Thirteen years and I’ve never once thought to check the seals around my garage doors.
It was the peeling paint and rot at the bottom of my garage door frame that finally made me aware that winterizing the garage doors was in order. (That and the mouse poop all around my empty bag of bird seed)
In case you are/were in the dark (like me), your weatherstripping should NOT look like this:
Bent, ripped, chewed and nowhere near the ground – this old weatherstripping (garage door seal) wasn’t keeping anything out. If you’re thinking “yeah, but you work in your garage, I don’t need to worry” – you’d be wrong. This is only partially about keeping my She-shop warm in winter, but more importantly, it’s about keeping critters from making a home in your garage and eventually moving all of their kids, grandkids and great grandkids into your house. (One mouse ‘couple’ can have 40 babies in one year!)
I contacted my friends at M-D Building Products and begged for their help to tell me what products I needed for winterizing the garage doors.
*This post is sponsored by M-D Building Products. I was provided with the weatherization materials necessary to protect my home in exchange for detailing my process.
My garage didn’t look too bad from a distance,
but up close you could see the damage to the weatherstripping, the bottom seal, the rotted wood and where the critters (in this case bumblebees) had decided to make a nest.
I started winterizing the garage doors by removing all the old weatherstripping from around the top and sides, and then sliding the old garage door threshold out of its track.
I sanded the garage door frame down to remove any loose and peeling paint and filled in any gaps (and bee holes) with an outdoor appropriate silicone.
Did you know that your garage door frame isn’t supposed to sit directly on the concrete? I thought my wood had rotted away, but my friend corrected me and told me that there is supposed to be a small gap so that the wood doesn’t sit in accumulated water and soak it up like a sponge.
Something learned every day!
I washed everything clean with water – garage doors and frame – and let dry in the sun.
Next up came the painting. I went with Benjamin Moore’s Cromwell Gray HC-103 for the garage doors and Hush AF-95 for the garage frame.