Installing Garage Door Weather Strips08/12/2013 Back To Blog
Weather strips are generally insulating materials that are used to cover gaps, especially in between the garage door tracks and frame. They are designed to keep the garage insulated, mainly to prevent cold temperatures from affecting the indoor environment. This is particularly important during snowy winters but sealing the door is equally important for warm regions since they can keep the inner parts of the house unaffected by the heat. Gaps can affect the performance of air conditioners and that's why they must be sealed properly.
How to install weather seals
Putting the weather strips is quite easy. You just have to get some sheets of the stripping material and super glue. Of course, you will also need some basic tools like a tape measure, scissors, some nails and a hammer. The strips need to be cut into the desired lengths and sizes before they can be used. You have to determine the dimensions you need by measuring the overhead door. Cut the strips into lengths that are just long and wide enough to cover the gaps, preferably from one corner to the other, even if the gap does not extend to the full side of the door.
Attaching the strips requires technique and you need to give special attention to the bottom seal making sure it is installed properly since it is worn faster. The best way to do it is to use a nail to fixedly attach one end and to be able to pull the strip to the other side without pulling it off. Most strips are already self-adhesive. If you got strips without adhesive surfaces, you will need to apply some super glue. Make sure that the strips adequately cover the gaps, especially those near the garage door hinges. Cut off the parts that dangle.
When applying the strips, you just have to make sure that they don't affect the operation of the garage door opener. Also make sure that they don't cover the sensors if you are having an automatic opener. Moreover, if you use the strips to cover a gap between the panels, make sure that they don't stick together. They can overlap or get tightly positioned next to each other but they should not get stuck together.