Keep the draft out. Photo Credit: Elite
If staring out your windows at a howling cold winter day can send shivers down your spine, it might not be the weather - it may be a draft entering your home through your garage door.
Garages are notorious chasms of heat loss. Typically, a garage isn’t finished like the rest of your home, because, let’s face it - it’s really just a car and equipment shelter. As such, however, it usually is not well-insulated, doesn’t have finishes like drywall or carpet, and there’s often no HVAC duct work running heat to it. Adding insult to injury, most garage doors are poorly insulated, if at all.
This winter, perhaps your resolution should be to improve your home (and comfort) by having your garage door professionally insulated. When a contractor comes to insulate your garage door, he or she will most likely take several measures to ensure that the door provides a nice, insulated, air-tight seal to keep drafts and cold as far from your home’s interior as possible.
One aspect of insulating the garage door will be to keep drafts from coming in through the sides of the door, where the support rails typically stand. Those tracks must stay free and clear, or else the door won’t operate properly. A contractor may be able to build a small shell around the sides and back of the track, so that any draft that enters that spot can’t make it further into the garage. He or she may also install reflective insulation around the support rails.
Next on the list is to make sure that the garage door seals well with your floor. Over time, concrete slabs crack and shift at odd angles, allowing air to enter through a gap under your garage door. In order to solve this problem, a contractor will need to install a threshold in the garage that properly meets the door.
If winter has you feeling hollow inside, just think how your garage door must feel. It really is hollow inside each of those panels. When a contractor comes to insulate your garage door, they will also cut down reflective or foam sheathing insulation to fill in each hollow panel. This adds depth and substance to your door, making it harder for the cold to permeate your garage, and ultimately your home.
To further keep less-than-ideal air conditions outside, have your contractor also install a well-insulated door between the two compartments of your house. A solid wood door, for example, is much better at keeping heat loss at bay than a hollow core door. Also, have him or her check to make sure that door is properly sealed to keep drafts from entering in around it. And lastly, adding more insulation to the shared wall between your home and garage will ensure a cozier den for hibernating the winter through.
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