How to Choose Weather Seals12/13/2014 Back To Blog
This is the age we all give special notice to home energy efficiency. We do it to avoid energy loss and as a personal effort to protect the environment. When energy is saved the planet will be saved, too! It's also important for our pockets and the conditions within the house. Garage doors need extra attention. Since there are tiny gaps around the door, we'll be losing incredible amounts of energy when we forget to install weather seals. Don't forget that due to the large size of the door, the low or high temperatures of your garage will instantly move into the rest of the house, too. So, the installation of weather strips to your overhead door is a necessary step.
Get good quality seals for energy efficiency
Weather seals are important for all parts around the door. If you don't cover the side and top parts, you won't only lose energy but will also deal with rain coming in. During garage door installation you will notice a tiny gap on each side of the door. This gap between the jamb and the door is sealed with weather strips. When you see sunlight coming in from the sides or bottom part of the door, the side or bottom seal has been worn and must be replaced.
There are soft and hard weather seal materials. Obviously, the harder ones last longer but the soft ones are usually more inexpensive and gentler to the door. Don't forget that the seals also protect the edges of your aluminum overhead doors and that's one more of their benefits. The bottom seal won't only help you save energy but also keep insects and rain from entering the garage.
In many occasions, steel doors would have a metal rail at their bottom part where you can slide in the weather seal. In a different case, the best way to seal the bottom part of the door is to get seals, which are attached on the door with staples or nails. There are also seals, which can adhere on the floor. Although these ones are easier to install, they are not the best solution. You will have trouble sweeping the floor or getting waters from the garage out. They will also get dirty and worn much easier. So, it's better to stick to regular ones but remember to replace them as soon as they are worn.