With winter just around the corner, there are several things to do to get your property ready for the cold snap. Often, people neglect the garage, perhaps because it is a low use area. However, the garage can be responsible for significant heat loss in your home if not prepared properly. A neglected garage can also cause damage to pipes and present issues during cold snaps and heavy snowfall.
To keep your garage in good condition and your home safe during the cold winter months, follow these tips for prepping your garage for winter.
Check Your Garage Door
An inefficient garage door can cost you money, time, and frustration during winter. Prepare it by checking that the weather-stripping isn't cracked or loose, and add insulation if needed. Check and lubricate the door tracks and any moving parts; you'll be thankful when the big freeze arrives. Consider replacing your garage door if it's broken or faulty, or looking into garage door repair if you notice anything that’s not functioning as it should be; not doing so could cost you more money in the long run.
Store Seasonal Appliances
Throughout the winter, your garage will get used frequently, and severe weather in the form
of heavy snow and freezing temperatures mean your property will require regular maintenance. Don't get caught searching your garage for a snowblower or power tools when you need them urgently.
Decide what you will need this winter and prep the appliances in your garage by rotating summer tools like your lawnmower to less-used storage space and putting your winter tools where they’ll be easy to access.
Seal the Garage Floor
Your garage floor may take some severe punishment in the winter, particularly if you park your vehicle in there. Salt from the wheels can cause extensive damage to the concrete floor if not properly maintained. Use a professional sealant to protect the concrete floor and wash it regularly to prolong its life. If you want to go a step further, consider epoxy flooring. This provides excellent protection to your floor, but must be properly applied.
Insulate Your Walls
Insulating your garage walls is an excellent way to lower your utility bills and create a comfortable workspace throughout the colder months. Effective insulation also helps protect pipes from freezing and bursting. There are different types of insulation to choose from, including foam and loose-fill. The type you decide on will depend on your garage and budget. Since most heat is lost through the walls and roof insulating, your garage will allow you to make efficient use of space heaters when working there.
Protect Your Pipes
Before the first freeze of the season, ensure your pipes are well protected with insulated covers. Damage to pipes in t
he winter can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your property, so it's worth spending
some time prepping them before the cold weather hits. Another tip to prevent freezing pipes is to let the faucet in the garage run slightly through the winter.
Before the temperature drops, it's worth paying attention to your garage and prepping it with these best-practice tips. Doing this can save you time, effort, and money in the dead of winter when the last thing you want to do is repair broken pipes or search a freezing garage for tools.