When cold weather hits, most people take all the necessary precautions to winterize their home so the warm air stays in and the cold air stays out. However, what about your garage? The garage is often forgotten space, but if you don’t winterize this space as well, it can impact the temperature of your home dramatically.
Below are 10 ways to winterize your garage from the effects of winter.
- Insulate your Garage
Garages aren’t built to keep the heat in and this can cause problems for some people during the winter. Some garage temperatures can even get as cold as the outdoor temperatures and this isn’t good if you store things in your garage. One way to keep the heat in your garage when it’s freezing cold outside is to insulate its walls and doors.
- Fix or Replace Weather-stripping
The job of weather-stripping is to create a seal between your garage door opening and your garage door. But, weather-stripping can become cracked and brittle over time which allows air to seep in between the frame and door creating cold drafts. Remove old weather-stripping and scrape the remaining off using a putty knife or scraper. The smoother and cleaner you make it, the simpler it will be to add new weather-stripping, and you’ll create a better seal.
- Cover Exposed Pipes
You may end up with additional unwanted problems inside and outside your house if you have a water pipe burst. Wrap your exposed pipes with foam or plastic pipe wrap to insulate them. Save a little money by wrapping them up with old towels or newspapers instead and securing them with duct tape. Shut off pipes that travel from inside or outdoor water lines and purge them before the temperatures outdoors get below freezing.
- Check for Debris in your Garage Door Track
Get rid of any grease, debris, or dirt buildup from your garage door track. You may want to check things like the handles, hinges and latches for rust build up or loose screws.
- Install a Heater
Although a costly item, you can regulate your garage’s temperature by installing a heater. It’s a good investment if you store temperature-sensitive items in your garage or you work in your garage often.
- Waterproof the Floor of your Garage
The minute you see flurries falling from the sky this winter, you’re just around the corner of dragging in snow, sludge, and salt into your garage. Consider waterproofing your garage floor before this happens to protect it.
- Caulk around the Door of your Garage
Although it may seem intimidating to you if you haven’t done it before, caulking around your garage door is pretty much the same as caulking your windows.
- Install a Weather Seal
Consider installing a seal at the threshold where the ground and your garage door meet. Not only will you keep the cold out of your garage, but you’ll keep out all the insects, rain and any other thing that can make its way underneath your garage door.
- Installing a Garage Exhaust Fan
A garage is a common place for many home improvement projects. Therefore, you should protect your hard work by installing a garage exhaust fan. This fan will provide the proper ventilation your garage needs for those upcoming winter snow storms that will likely leave your garage filled with gasoline odors from your snow blower.
- Get Organized
To alleviate stress later, get organized now. Put away your summer and spring gear and get your cold-winter supplies ready. Take out your snow blower and shovel. Do you have that bag of salt ready? Being organized can really help get you ready for the upcoming winter months.