Winter weather can turn your garage into an uncomfortable, inhospitable environment. With a few preventative steps, however, you can turn your garage into a usable workspace that stays warm all year. You can also save yourself from a host of inconvenient headaches and costly repairs.
Winterizing Your Garage
Even if you don’t plan to spend much time in your garage this winter, you should still take time to winterize. Preventative maintenance can go a long way toward protecting valuable assets and your home itself. To ensure that your garage is ready for frighteningly low temperatures, go through the following checklist:
• Inspect Weather-stripping: Prevent tearing and cracking by cleaning and lubricating the weather-stripping on your garage door. Use a noncorrosive household cleaner and a thin coat of silicone-based lubricant.
• Insulate: Poorly insulated garage walls can leave interior rooms feeling colder than they should. By insulating garage walls, you can lower home heating costs and make your home much more comfortable.
• Install a heater: If you plan to use your garage as a work area throughout the winter, consider installing a gas or electric unit heater. If this seems too pricey, you can try using one or two inexpensive space heaters to keep things toasty while you’re working.
• Address the Door: Wall insulation won’t do much good if your garage door is allowing cold air to enter. Fortunately, you can purchase garage door insulation kits to help seal this troublesome area. Consisting of reflective barriers, foam boards and/or fiberglass batt insulation, these kits require some modifications, including cutting, filling and adhesive placement. If it all sounds like too much, consider upgrading your door to a modern, insulated design.
Winterizing Your Assets
Part of winterizing your garage includes protecting the assets within it. This means checking your vehicle’s battery, changing the oil and adding the right antifreeze. You should also focus on equipment to prevent unexpected damage. If you have a power washer, make sure it doesn’t have any water in the lines or pump. If you have cans of paint in your garage, take them indoors to prevent them from separating due to cold temperatures. Take the time to carefully assess each item to determine if it could be damaged by freezing temperatures. If there’s even a chance, move the item inside, or you could be purchasing a replacement this spring.