Installing a garage door weather stripping is able to give you a set for your garage door to prevent the air outside from entering your garage.
This keeps you away from the ever-changing weather outside which can expose the inside of your garage which can affect the temperature and environment.
It allows you to have a more comfortable environment inside your garage which also keeps any dust and debris from entering the garage. It gives you a safer place to store your things inside your garage aside from your car.
Here we’re going to show you a quick step-by-step guide on applying a garage door weather seal to keep the inside of your garage in perfect condition.
Steps to Installing a Garage Door Weather Stripping
To properly install your garage weather stripping, you should follow these steps in order to prevent the temperature outside your garage from entering. To do this you’ll need the following materials such as:
- Hack Saw
- A Sharp Knife
- Calk Gun
- Drill (Optional)
Unplug the Door Opener and then place the door under manual operation by pulling a release. The area where the release is located will depend on the type of garage door you have so either check the manual or check each side of the garage door to find it.
Use a vice grip to clamp the garage door in place. Make sure that you’re clamping both sides of the door to ensure the safety of your operation as accidents may come as fatal when avoiding safety procedures.
Measure the width of the door opening where you’re going to nail the seal for the weather stripping.
To easily get the right length for your seal, you can temporarily nail one end of the seal in place and continue to add more temporary nails to where you’re going to cut it. It’s going to be a bit difficult to take time to properly get the exact length of the seal so make sure to take your time to get the exact measurement.
Use a hacksaw to properly cut the PVC and use a sharp knife to cut the vinyl flap as the same length of the PVC portion of the weather seal. Make sure to get the exact measurements in order to get the right fit when installing your weather seal.
Temporarily nail the top seal of the weather stripping to the jamb of the garage door. Make sure that the inner PVC portion of the seal is even and place a good amount of nails to properly hold the seals on the jamb.
Measure the side pieces where it’s able to properly set inside the edge of the PVC alongside the inside of the door jamb.
Cut the side pieces to its proper measurements and do the same thing in step 6 where you temporarily nail the pieces in place.
Remove the clamps that you placed in the door during step 2. Fully shut the door and clamp back the door to ensure that it doesn’t move upon the installation of the seals.
Put the weather seal in place. Make sure that the PVC portion of the seal isn’t going to touch the garage door and only the vinyl part will contact it. Make sure that the vinyl is in a “J” shaped form to fully seal the garage door.
Proceed to temporarily nail the vinyl seal in place to check if it’s placed in the proper position.
Remove the clamps of the door and open and close it for a few times to see if the seal isn’t too close to the door that it’s going to rub against each other. Once you’ve seen that the seals are properly placed, close the clamp doors and proceed to nail it in place.
Place the nails into the PVC without the use of a drill. You can proceed with this step without the use of a drill unless the end of the PVC reaches more than 4 inches.
Use a good-quality colored chalk to properly seal the area where the PVC meets the jamb of the garage door. This is in order to prevent any air from entering the inner part of the door seal to properly insulate the room. It’s also a good idea to run the chalk where the top area meets the side and the bottom portion of the garage seal area.
Check the vinyl flaps every few weeks to see if it’s properly placed to make sure that your weatherstripping is properly sealed. You can do this every time you close the flaps to see if it hasn’t moved.
Make sure that your garage door is closed for a few days in order for the vinyl flaps to properly set inside the garage door. It needs to settle in in order to seal the garage properly and avoid any damage that may occur after installation.
Once you’re done with all of the steps, you can reattach the door opener back and plug it in to turn your garage door back on again.
Benefits of Having a Garage Door Weather Stripping
Having a garage door weather stripping allows you to have a warmer garage and will constantly be in the right condition. This type of insulation allows you to have a garage to be in the best condition no matter what the climate outside is.
Having a controlled environment allows you to have a garage in the best condition that can help you properly store your belongings in place.
Having an insulated garage allows you to properly store your things inside the room without worrying about the changes in temperature. This lets you have a more comfortable environment where you can properly store your things in place.