What is garage door seal? Garage door seals, also known as weather-stripping and perimeter seal are found on each side of a garage door along the edges. Why do we need a seal on our garage doors? A sectional overhead door must be level through all points of movement, but sometimes the concrete floor is slightly out of level or uneven. A bottom (or astragal) seal can help to keep out rain, leaves, and grass. It also helps to keep out bugs, and tiny critters. There are several different kinds and options available and the type you need may depend on the manufacturer and model of door you have, although in most cases we can retrofit with a universal seal retainer.
Garage Door Weather Seal Installation
What we install on most steel garage doors is a garage door bottom seal. We will use mostly aluminum retainers but in some cases we can use a plastic one. Either of these will screw into the bottom of the door and will have a track on it that will hold the seal in place. The standard size of a bottom rubber seal is 3-4” wide unless you are trying to fill a larger gap. It is important to measure the thickness of the garage door first before purchasing retainer or call a pro to be sure you get it done correctly.
When to Change Your Garage Door Weather Seal
Most seals will be U-shaped when installed, with each edge having a T-shaped profile that slides into an aluminum retainer that is fixed to the bottom edge of the door. This should allow you to replace the seal if and when it becomes dry and inflexible, or is torn. It is important to know the thickness of your T-shaped retainer channels, as different manufacturers make different sizes, and not all will match. Some manufacturers will use different sized dovetail extrusions instead of using a T-shape. In cases where a particular manufacturer or model’s parts are not readily available, the best option may be to install a universal retainer and seal to match.
Advantages in Using A Garage Door Weather Seal
There is also vinyl-stop perimeter seal for jambs and header, which will make your door look nice, but it will also help to cut the energy bill a bit. It will seal off gaps and help to extend the life of the garage door. The seals on the top and sides of your garage door are flexible weather strips and they are usually applied with nails. Again, these will help to keep out dirt and debris.
It is good to check your garage door weather seal on a regular basis and replace it if you notice rips or tears. If you want to have it replaced then call a pro at Hutchins Garage Doors. We will be sure to get the right bottom seal or perimeter seal for your door.
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