It's easy to tell when your home needs some extra protection against the weather - there's a chilly draft somewhere. When your garage isn't completely sealed from the outdoors, however, it can be a little more difficult to determine. Many people, after all, expect their garages to be drafty. Garages typically are not heated, and there's less insulation.
Your garage door is probably the largest door on your entire home. Yet no matter how big it is, it can still be as good as gone if it's not properly leveled. That's because if your garage door is uneven, it means there can be gaps between it and the floor of your garage. Thus, even when your garage door is closed, it's actually not. Believe it or not, a gap of less than an inch can provide an easy entranceway for many of the things you don't want getting into your garage.
There are a lot of famous teams in history known for providing protection: Batman and Robin, the Lone Ranger and Tonto, Starsky and Hutch. Those duos have shown us that teamwork is the best way to protect what we care about. The same principle should apply to keeping our garages safe from outside threats.
If you live in the Southeastern United States — including Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, etc. — you know there’s no offseason for pests. Insects, mice, rabbits and snakes have their run of the outdoors all year, thanks to the warmer climate.
If there’s one thing Washington, Oregon and other Pacific Northwest states are known for, it’s rain. The wet climate of the region results in some of the greenest forests anywhere in the world, but it also can result in severe damage to your garage. Even though your garage is technically considered “indoors,” that doesn’t mean it’s as dry as sitting in your living room.
Most garages collect clutter like a kid’s closet or that drawer next to the one with the silverware. That’s why you should build some clutter-correcting shelves for your garage. Below are instructions and materials lists for two shelving projects that a do-it-yourselfer can complete in no time.
Compared to the rest of the house, your garage does a lot of work without getting a lot of attention. In addition to protecting your car from the elements, your garage serves as a catch-all storage space for all of those items you can’t find room for in your house or don’t want to store in your regular living space (unless you happen to be one of those people who doesn’t mind the scent of motor oil in your dining room). Since the garage is the place for all those items we need but don’t want to see all of the time, that means we often take an “out of sight, out of mind” approach. As a result, we typically don’t spend as much time thinking about the “feng shui” of our garages the way we do our living rooms and kitchens.
Your garage door is constructed to withstand a lot of abuse, especially from harsh winter weather. Yet your garage door can’t do its job all by itself. No matter how strong and durable a garage door is, it can and will break down over time, if left to face the elements on its own. This can become a big problem for you and your home, because the garage door often is the first and last line of defense your garage has from rain, snow, outside debris and vermin. It’s up to you to make sure your garage door is kept in the best possible condition so it can continue to protect your garage and your home for as long as possible before it needs to be replaced. If you’re interested in learning how to winterize your garage, these tips will help you ensure your garage door is ready for whatever the season throws at it.