Garage WeatherproofingDecember 14, 2004
Weather Stripping is most commonly installed around walk-in doors and windows, but there is an area often overlooked that causes a major impact around your home; especially during the winter months.
Garage doors should be weather stripped especially if the garage is under bedrooms or living space. Cold winds blowing in and around garage doors can cause discomfort especially on the floors, by cooling the hot air furnace ducts running within the floor joists.
Using garage door weather stripping around the perimeter of the door on the wood frame, and convex rubber door stripping on the bottom of the door will give you the weatherproofing required.
After weather stripping the garage door, it is most important to vent the cavity of the garage, as moisture will need to get out by means of proper ventilation. Simply install an 8 x 8 wall vent in two sides (front and back) of the garage allowing the moisture to evaporate and exit through the passive wall vents.
Wood or single skinned steel garage doors can be insulated using an aluminum foil type insulation, keeping your garage cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Properly weatherproofing your home will help you keep the warm air in, saving you money on your utility bills with the added benefit of having a more comfortable home.
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