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4 Tips to Prepare Your Garage for Winter
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4 Tips to Prepare Your Garage for Winter

You’ve invested in a custom garage and you’re totally love in with the space, but, without proper seasonal prep, that investment could suffer damage during the winter season. Like the remainder of your home, your garage must be winterized each year to protect against moisture intrusion, heat loss, and other forms of weather-related damage. This process only requires a few hours of your time, but it’ll pay off handsomely in the long run.

What should you do to get your custom garage ready for winter? Read on to find out.

Weatherize Your Garage Door

Over time, the weatherstripping along the bottom of your garage door can dry out, become brittle, shrink, and crack. When that happens, you can lose a considerable amount of heat through your garage, which can drive up your winter energy bills.

To control heat loss and keep your heating costs reasonable, double-check your door’s weatherstripping and replace it if it’s looking haggard. It may also behoove you to apply a little silicone-based lubricant along the weatherstrip to prevent it from sticking to the ground when temperatures really start to drop.

After handling the weatherstripping, check the garage door tracks, cables, and rollers for signs of wear and tear. Freezing and sub-freezing temperatures can be tough on your garage door components, so be sure to clean and lubricate all of them before freezing temps hit.

For more ways to protect your investment, check out our tips for weather-proofing your garage.

Seal Any Small Openings You Can Find

Even if your custom garage was constructed by the best garage builders in the business (aka Sussel Garages), time wears all things, and that’s true of your garage, too. Over time, caulking can deteriorate, which will allow small amounts of freezing air inside your garage if you don’t reapply new sealant.

To ensure your garage holds as much heat as possible throughout winter, take some time to examine the space for any small air leaks. Be sure to look closely around:

●        Electrical outlets

●        Windows

●        Doors

●        Plumbing or exhaust pipes that penetrate the walls

If you’re unsure where air leaks might exist, you can perform a simple test using a match to detect them. Simply light the match, move it slowly over the areas where any leaks may be, and if the flame flickers considerably in any area, it’s safe to assume there may be a small amount of air leaking in through that space.

Apply caulking wherever you suspect cold air may be able to seep into the garage, and be sure to use a fire-rated caulk when sealing up areas around electrical work.

Add Insulation

If you have an unfinished garage, adding insulation to the walls can make a huge difference in the amount of heat loss your garage experiences throughout winter. And even if you have a completely finished custom garage, it may need more insulation than it currently has. If you’ve noticed your garage has been exceedingly cold in recent years, it may be in your best interest to consult with a qualified garage builder about augmenting the insulation you currently have.

Cover Your Water Heater

Is your water heater in your garage? If so, did you know it can lose a considerable amount of heat when temperatures really start dropping? But it’s possible to combat that heat loss and effectively reduce your monthly energy bills simply by draping your water heater with a blanket — a water heater blanket, that is.

According to the Department of Energy, using a water heater blanket throughout winter can reduce heat loss by 25%–45%, which will save you approximately 7%–16% on the cost to run your water heater. It’s definitely a worthwhile investment, considering you can pick up a pre-cut water heater blanket for around 20 bucks.

Contact Sussel Garages

Could your garage use some updates to improve its weather resistance? Are you ready to totally overhaul the space? Then don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team at Sussel Garages for help! Since 1915, we’ve helped over 50,000 Twin Cities residents with their garage building needs, and your total satisfaction is always our number one concern.

For more information or to speak with a garage building expert about your project, feel free to call us at 651-645-0331 (St. Paul) or 612-379-0949 (Minneapolis). You can also request a free project estimate online, and we’ll get in touch!

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