Regardless of the season, there are a few things that can be done in order to better seal the house against external elements and minimize energy consumption. Most homeowners, however, are not aware that garage door weather stripping can actually help insulate a home with an attached garage or keep out wind, snow, and rain.
There are numerous choices of weather stripping in the market, with nothing going beyond a few dollars and a little time to install.
Garage door weather stripping is usually applied in all edges of the door. When closed, there should be no gaps around the sides, top or bottom but this is usually not the case. However, the gaps between the door and frame can be closed with a PVC stop molding. A flap top seal can be used to get rid of the gap along the top edge of the garage door.
If your floor is uneven, the best solution for eliminating gaps is by applying a brush seal. This type of seal substantially reduces the amount of air that gets in through the bottom part of the garage door. It also prevents water and dirt from getting through.
If you reside in a place with strong winds and storms, then it makes sense to have garage door weather stripping. If wind cannot get through, there will be less activity on the mechanisms of the door which means less wear and fewer chances of sustaining damage.
Regardless of the type of garage door you have, weather stripping is a practical and cost-effective way of lengthening the lifespan and functionality of your doors. It also keeps your garage insulated which means less time to warm up the vehicle. It ideally allows you to spend less on utility bills as the insulation allows for a constant and desirable temperature in the house, regardless of the season.