Garage Door Weather Stripping in Seattle
Weather stripping your garage door is one of those things you never hear much about but you certainly feel it if it is not done properly. This is where the garage door in Seattle is sealed to ensure that your garage is kept warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. By preventing the cold air from coming in, you will also be able to reduce your energy bill, and who doesn’t need to reduce their energy bill! The weather stripping at the bottom of the door, beside forming a tight seal for the door, also acts as a cushion for the garage door when it closes, reducing noise as well as wear on both the door and the garage floor.
Weather stripping is done by filling up all the gaps around your garage door, including the garage door bottom, seals for the sides of the garage door and also for the top of the garage door. If necessary you can also add weather stripping between the door panels. Tightly sealed garage doors will help to keep out weather elements such as rain, snow and the cold air.
Weather stripping your Seattle garage door would also help to keep out bugs and other pests such as rodents. An added benefit of weather stripping is a reduction in noise, once the door is properly sealed noise within the garage is softer from the outside as well as noise from the outside is less intrusive on the inside.
Over time the seals on your garage door will need to be changed, as they may become cracked with constant use or may have become worn out or damaged by the weather or by dogs or other animals scratching at it. You may also find that if the door has become sagging with age or damage, you would also need to get the weather stripping redone.
It is necessary for you to check the seals on your garage door regularly to ensure that they are working properly. Once you notice that cold air is coming into the garage when the door is closed, it is time to have your seals checked and replaced.
There are several different types of garage door seals that can be used in weather stripping:
The vinyl or PVC door stop is one of the most common types of seals. This is used along the sides and top of the garage door, and is nailed into the wood trim or door frame making an airtight seal along the entire length of the door.
Bottom seals are used at the bottom of the garage door. Most garage doors have a channel, also called a retainer, running under the entire length of the door. And the bottom seal fits into this channel. Some doors have a single channel, while others have a double channel. Depending on the type of channel, different seals that can be used.
There are several other seals that can be used such as the popular bulb seal. This is a long round tubing that is used with doors that have a single channel. Then there’s the beaded seal. This one is used in doors with double channels. The sides of the seal are bent and fit into the two spaces in the retainer. Another type of bottom seal is the T-style seal. This seal is U-shaped with a T shape at each end. The T ends fit into the retainer.
We Meet All Weather Stripping Needs
Having some knowledge of your garage door weather stripping and how the various items are used, should help you to determine if they are working as they should. You should be aware of the type of seals you will need for your garage door to ensure you get the best value for your money.
At Fidelity Garage Door of Seattle, we not only have the best quality equipment, but our technicians are also able to advise you on which seals would be best for your needs. Always be sure to check the seals on your door, especially nearing the colder months. If you are still not sure what you need, give us a call. We will let you know what’s best for your garage door and for your budget.