A poorly sealed garage door will cause problems.
Wind and rain can easily leak through, dirt can blow under the door and vermin can find their way into your garage if you fail to get it properly sealed.
Sealing your garage door will also help soundproof your garage which can be handy if you plan to use it as a music room, gym or anywhere you plan to make noise in.
To seal a garage door you will need:
Most standard fit garage doors are not properly sealed, if your garage door is draughty and your garage is full of dust and mouse droppings then follow the steps below to get it sealed up:
When it is sunny outside go into your garage, turn all the lights off and check if any light can be seen coming in under your garage door.
If you can see light then you need to get your door bottom properly sealed. There are few ways you can do this:
A garage door floor seal is the easiest way to seal the gap.
They require very little work to install and are extremely effective at blocking weather, dirt, rodents and sound.
Garage door threshold seals are similar to acoustic thresholds that you may use on normal domestic doors, they are made from rubber and have a raised lip which the door closes against thus creating a seal.
To install your garage door seal follow these steps:
There you go - all done.
Be aware that floor seals do have some drawbacks:
Brush strip seals are ideal for anyone who doesn’t want to make it harder to brush dirt out of their garage or for water to run out of the garage.
They consist of a strip with brush type fibers fixed to the inside of your garage door. When the door closes they brush the ground making contact with your floor and sealing it from the elements.
To install a brush strip seal on your garage door follow these steps:
A garage door bottom seal is a 'U' shaped seal which clips in place onto the bottom of your garage door, no glue or screws are required.
Simply measure your door, cut the seal to size and push it into place.
The seal traps a small amount of air inside it allowing it to compress when the door is closed creating a tight seal with the floor.
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The sides of a garage door are the second biggest culprit when it comes to noise, air, dirt, insects and rodents getting in.
Side gaps can be caused by a poor fitting frame or wear and tear to the frame over the years.
Weatherstripping is a great tool for sealing any door. To seal your garage door using weatherstripping follow these steps:
If you want to do a comprehensive job you can’t ignore the top of your garage door.
A garage door top seal is a rubber strip which presses into your ceiling when the door is closed.
One big benefit of installing a top seal is that they make a significant difference to the temperature of our garage. Heat rises to the top of your room and can escape through any gaps above the door, installing a top seal keeps the heat in helping to keep your garage warmer.
To install your door top seal follow these steps:
We hope these tips help you transform your garage door from a liability into an impenetrable air-tight, weather-tight, rodent-tight, insect tight and soundproof garage door!