Most homeowners are always looking for new ways to reduce their energy usage and save money. Your garage door can let hot or cold air into the building. If you want to make it more energy efficient, here are a few ideas.
The seals and weatherstripping on a garage door help to protect the door from impacts. They also help to prevent unwanted air exchange between the garage and the outdoors, which is why it is important to check the seals for damage and replace them as needed.
The Types of Seals and Weatherstripping for Your Garage Door
Garage doors are sealed on all four sides in order to protect the door from impacts and vibrations. The seals also function to stop dirt, dust, wind and air from damaging the items that are stored inside of your garage. During your next garage installation in Las Vegas, make sure that the seals and weatherstripping are included on your new garage door.
Weatherstripping is also known as a weather seal. It is installed on all four sides of your garage door. Its purpose is to keep out the wind and moisture. It also functions to prevent unwanted air exchange with the outdoors. A tightly fitting weather seal can also help to keep insects and other critters out of your garage.
PVC Stop Molding
PVC stop molding is installed onto wooden garage doors. It is nailed right into the wood in order to form a seal on the sides and top of the garage door. The flexible plastic helps to protect the edges of the wood from vibration and impacts. It also seals the edges against moisture and insect damage. When your garage door is closed, the PVC stop molding ensures that the sides and top of the door are flush with the door’s frame.
There are several types of bottom seals that you can consider for the bottom of the garage door. One type is a simple bottom rubberized seal that helps the door to sit flush with the concrete floor of the garage. Bottom seal retainers can also be installed onto your garage door. These retainers allow you to swap out different materials such as vinyl, rubber and brush style of seals. These various types of seals are used during different seasons of the year to protect your garage.
When your garage gets cold during the winter, the rest of your house gets cold too. Here’s how to keep your garage warmer this winter.
How to Make Your Garage More Energy Efficient This Winter
When the temperature outside starts to drop, it’s important that you keep your garage warm. If your garage is cold, it keeps the rest of your house cold. In turn, this makes your HVAC system work overtime. Before looking for garage door repair in Henderson, there are a few things that you may do yourself to keep your garage a bit warmer.
Insulate Your Garage Door
The first step to keeping your garage warmer is insulating the door. This is a task that you can typically do yourself, but you can also hire a professional to get the job done quicker. Some garage doors come with insulation already installed. If your garage door didn’t, you can buy insulation that can be easily stuck to the inside of the garage door. This will help keep the heat inside your garage door and the cold air out. This also works in reverse during the warmer seasons.
Mind the Gaps
It doesn’t matter how great the insulation is on your garage door. If you have gaps, it’s all for not. Gaps typically occur between the base of the garage door and the floor of the garage. This is a matter that you can easily fix by hiring a professional. He can adjust the garage door to ensure that it reaches the floor, preventing the flow of air. You will also need to check the sides of the garage door because the weather stripping can wear out over time.
Keep Your Garage Door Shut
While gaps will let heat escape in small amounts, opening the door lets nearly all of the heat out of the garage. It then takes time for the garage to warm back up. Whenever possible, keep your garage door shut during the winter. The more that your garage door is shut, the lower your energy bill will be.
The pros of having a garage are numerous. Living in Las Vegas, I’m sure you know how it is to step out of your house on a 90+ degree day, just to go start your car. And if you have leather…forget about it! After running the engine for five minutes or so, the car is usually cool enough for you to stomach getting into, let alone driving to your destination.
For those of you that maintain your car on a do it yourself basis, you probably know what the inconvenience of working on it outside is like, especially when you have to slide under it and you get burnt due to the hot sidewalk. A garage can change all that as well as provide you with the following benefits:
The Storage Potential
A garage opens up an enormous amount of additional storage space. If you own it; you can store it. Besides storing the obvious (your car) a garage provides ample space for storing landscaping equipment, tools, bikes, annual decorations and everything in between. When you run out of floor space, make sure to look up at the walls and ceiling for more storage space.
The Property Value
Adding a garage is a reasonably good investment according to remodeling magazine’s 2015 “Cost vs. Value Report.” If you invest $52,382, which is the national average, on this addition you can expect to recoup 64.8 percent or $33,938 of your investment at resale – or refinance. Already have a garage that you want to replace the door on?
Midrange garage door replacements, which on average cost $1,595, can net you 88.4 percent or $1,410 of your initial investment at time of resale. This a 5.9 percent higher rate than an upgrade garage door replacement. Whichever of the three options you choose, you can feel confident knowing that you’re making a good decision, economically speaking.
Who said a garage had to be boring? Garages are like a blank canvas. Their usability options are endless. With the space they provide you can turn them into workshops, gyms, home offices, day cares and the list goes on. Want to liven them up? Try painting the walls a cheerful color. And don’t forget the floors. Many options for garage flooring exist today including epoxy flooring.
Residents in Las Vegas are fortunate to enjoy a fairly temperate climate, however, temps can still get pretty low during the winter. Cold weather can have adverse effects on your garage door so winterizing your garage can help keep your door operating and running smoothly, as well as help keep your home warm.
Most of us store items in our garage that can freeze so keeping the cold out is essential. One of the main features of your garage door that helps keep the cold out is the weather stripping. Over time, weather stripping has a tendency to wear out and tear or crack. Cold air can seep through the cracks so it’s important to replace worn out weather stripping.
Another good idea is to insulate your garage. Garage insulation kits are readily available at most home improvement stores. The kits generally consist of soft material that attaches to the panels of your garage door. Note that most insulation kits come with rating depending on the climate that you live in. Insulation not only helps with keeping heat in but will also help keep your garage cooler in the summer.
There are areas such as around pipes, electrical sockets, windows, vents and other openings that are often uninsulated. By sealing these areas up tight with caulking or expanding foam insulation you can help keep warm air in and cold air out.
For those that live in extremely cold climates, you may just want to replace your door with a weather proof door. The doors are pre-insulated and come with between-section sealing to prevent cold air infiltration. These doors will also help keep your garage cool in the summer.
If you have any questions about winterizing your garage, please call the experts at Precision Garage of Las Vegas.