Garage doors don't fit very tightly in their doorways, probably because they're designed to slide into place along a track. For this to be possible, there must be a gap between the door and the opening. Garage door seals fit in that gap, to prevent moisture and wind from penetrating the structure inside. Garage door seals can help you save money and protect your garage door. Here's what you need to know.
What Is Your Garage Seal and What Does It Do?
Garage doors are sealed with weatherstripping around the sides and top as well as with a rubber gasket that attaches to the door along the bottom edge. Some garage doors also have a special threshold that attaches to the ground beneath the door.
The purpose of any garage door seal is to keep out the harsh outdoor weather and precipitation. Garage door seals make it easier to maintain a comfortable temperature inside your garage throughout the year. Seals also help protect your garage door from damage, especially if the door is made of wood. By protecting the edges of the door from moisture, garage door seals can prevent the door's paint or finish from cracking.
How Long Does Your Garage Door Seal Last?
Your garage door seal may last just one winter, or it may last for several years. Garage door seals can be made from different materials and some will last longer than others. Check the seal on your garage door periodically. Look for cracks in the rubber, or gaps around the door. When cracks and gaps start to develop, the seal needs to be replaced.
If You Need to Replace Your Seal, What Can You Do?
Some homeowners replace their own seal and weatherstripping. However, especially in the case of a seal that must be nailed to the siding around the door, it's easy to do damage to the house.
The best way to ensure that your garage door is properly protected is to have the work done professionally. Ask your repair specialist to replace the seal, whether it's the weatherstripping around the door or the gasket along the bottom edge. Have this done when he or she comes to give your automatic garage door opener a tuneup at the end of the year.
Contact Your Garage Door Repair Specialist
Protect your garage door with a properly installed, good quality seal. To make this happen, contact Overhead Door of Oklahoma City. We'll be happy to install proper weatherstripping and sealing along your garage door, to ensure that your garage door is kept in good condition.