Winter weather can present a problem for your garage. When it gets cold and damp it can be the perfect conditions to cause wear and even damage to the exterior – then once that damage has occurred, the contents of the garage can be at risk too. Here is how to prepare your garage for the dropping temperatures this winter.
Identify any problem areas
The first thing you need to do is to identify any aspects of your garage that could become a problem over winter. The best way to do this is to have a thorough clear out and clean of the garage. This may reveal issues such a damp or other things to be concerned about. You’ll then have the chance to fix them before the onset of real winter to reduce the risk of damage or other problems.
Insulate the walls
Have some insulation placed on your garage walls to ensure that it stays warmer during the winter months. Low temperatures are not only unpleasant for any time that you spend in the garage but can also lead to damp conditions that can bring about rust. Of course, insulating your garage will cost money but it will also save you money both in terms of avoiding damage and protecting the items in the garage but also through your heating bills if you have a garage that is attached to your home.
Seal any holes or gaps
Take the time to inspect your garage thoroughly and check whether they are any holes or gaps that have appeared anywhere in or around the door, in the walls or in the roof. These are the biggest issues that you can face during the winter as any open passageways can allow cold air and moisture into your garage. Seal up any holes or gaps that you find to ensure that there will be no further problems as the weather worsens.
Invest in a new door
Of course, by far the most important protection that your garage has against the cold is the door. If you have an older garage door that may be somewhat past its best, it could be time to think about making that investment and purchasing a new door.
This has a number of advantages – chiefly that modern garage doors are designed with insulated designs that help keep you garage safe and secure from the cold weather. There has also been an increased emphasis on aesthetic choices and you can choose from a huge range of styles and materials for the garage door that’s perfect for your home.