Keeping your house warm and temperature controlled is the goal of any homeowner, but you may have a big problem: your garage. The amount of air that escapes through your garage can be outrageous, and there are many reasons for this as any garage door repair company in Hollywood will be more than happy to tell you. Some of the most common reasons include:
Lack of Insulation – Because so many people spend very little time in their garage, they believe that insulation is a moot point. In some cases, they are right, but this assumption can lead to air leakage that will serve to drive your energy bill up and your happiness down.
Weather Stripping Issues – If you have not dealt directly with garage door issues you may not be familiar with weather stripping. This is an important part of your garage door whether you realize it or not and there are far too many homeowners who use lower quality strips. In the next few paragraphs, we’re going to talk about weather stripping and why it is an essential component of your garage door.
Hollywood Garage Door Repair: The Dangers of Cheap Weather Stripping
When you first install your garage door, there is a very strong chance that someone may try to rope you into using lower quality weather stripping. That person may be yourself. Yes, it will save you money on installation costs, but in the long run, it isn’t going to save you money on your heating bill,and it will not give you the peace of mind that should come with having a garage door on your home. A good garage door installation or repair company in Hollywood will use TPE based weather seal, which stands for Thermal Plastic Elastomer. This solution remains flexible, unlike others that begin to harden and eventually crack over time. You have no doubt seen garage doors where the weather strip has not only cracked but has somehow managed to become detached and is dangling every single time the door opens. Don’t be one of those homeowners that leave the weather strip hanging for years on end hoping that it will fix itself.
While the climate in Florida remains relatively stable year-round a good TPE seal will stay flexible regardless. For example, most of these strips maintain their flexibility down to 52°F, making it an optimal choice for an area like Orlando and Hollywood where we don’t see sub-freezing temperatures. In colder climates, however,some companies use double-lipped weatherstripping on the outside of the door to protect it from temperatures that go down to ‑15˚F. At the end of the day, there are plenty of ways to protect your weather stripping and by extension, your garage door.
Call on the Professionals to Get the Job Done
If you want to keep your garage door protected and ready to face the upcoming season here in Hollywood, the best thing you can do is call for professional help. Garage door repair experts not only complete the installation but also ensure that it is done properly. Obtaining the weather stripping is no problem as it is normally sold by the yard at nearly any home improvement store, but the trick is making sure it is attached properly and that it will stand the test of time.
Here at Garage FL, we have been in the business for many years and are more than capable of making sure that the installation not only goes well but that it will last. At the end of the day you are looking for solid, high-quality materials that will make a huge difference in the way your garage door handles the climate, and weather stripping is only a small part of that. Insulating your garage, insulating the door itself, and taking other measures to seal the heat in will go a long way toward ensuring that you are not only comfortable when you stand in your garage, but that you are comfortable when you receive your energy bill. Want to know more? Join us next time when we’ll have some seasonal garage door tips for you to keep that money-saving momentum going into next month, and beyond.