Choosing the right garage door weatherstripping can be a tedious and complicated project. Hardware stores have shelves lined with choices, so it’s difficult to determine which is right for your garage door. In this article, we will examine a few different types. We will suggest long-lasting applications to ensure your garage stays resistant to the weather outside and keeps the moisture and critters out of your stored boxes.
Using a Threshold as Part of Your Garage Door Weatherstripping System
Some may wonder if a threshold is necessary. A threshold under your door as a part of your garage door weatherstripping system may not be required. If the entryway is flush with the surface and you have a good weatherstrip on the bottom of the door, don’t add the expense of a threshold. The cost of a threshold can be as much as $150, not counting installation. However, if you can see outside under the door when it’s shut, consider adding a quality threshold to close the gap and keep the vermin and weather out.
FoamGarage Door Weatherstripping
Foam weatherstripping is perhaps the least expensive and easiest to install. Just about any do-it-yourselfer (DIY) can apply foam weatherstripping, because it has an adhesive on one side. This weatherstripping comes in various thicknesses and widths. You just measure and cut it to fit, then run it from corner to corner to seal the gap between the door and the frame. For added staying power, you can even staple it after you finish putting it in place. Thicker foam is good to use when the space you need to fill is not uniform. However, it only lasts a year or two, at best.You can cut foam weatherstripping with scissors or a utility knife.
Consider adding felt as your new garage door weatherstripping.It is longer-lasting and keeps out the wind drafts better than foam. Like foam, it is very quick to install. It may cost a bit more, but it will last longer. Felt weatherstripping usually comes with a thin metal strip and should be screwed or tacked in place from corner to corner. Additionally, you may use a powerful stapler. You can cut it with tin snips or a utility knife.
Rubber or Silicone
Unlike foam or felt, rubber and silicone weatherstripping are comparatively more complicated and expensive. These fillers come attached to a wooden or metal mounting strip and could require a hacksaw or fine-toothed handsaw to cut. Just peel the backing, stick it in place, and use the fastening screws to ensure it stays in place for years, to protect your belongings and lower heating bill.