Now the winter is well and truly here, your concrete garage needs to be protected to ensure that it stays well insulated. This is key if you want to make sure your garage space is warm even when the outside temperature isn’t. This not only has its benefits if you spend a lot of time in your concrete garage, but also can help save you money and a lot of hassle later on.
Not many people know that if your concrete garage gets too cold on a regular basis it can actually begin to damage equipment that is stored in there, including any expensive vehicles. This will mainly effect items that use water, which will naturally freeze in colder environments, which can damage items such as water jets, indoor taps, hose pipes and watering cans if water is left in there.
So what can you do to ensure that your concrete garage is well insulated this winter?
Ensure weather stripping seals are maintained and replaced
The majority of modern day garages will have weather stripping installed between the garage door and the door opening. It is this seal that will keep garages insulated and warm, however over time, this can deteriorate and can crack which will allow air into your garage. If you feel like this is the case, then you will need to remove the weather stripping and replace it. Luckily, we’ve created some quick tips to help you along the way:
- Using a pry bar or a flat scraper, begin to carefully remove the old weather stripping seal from your garage door
- Ensure that the surface is clean and smooth
- Measure your garage door to ensure that you apply the same sized seal
- Make sure you close the garage door to align the stripping before you re-apply, ideally you want the rubber flap to flatten slightly when the door is closed
- Now reapply the weather stripping
Insulate the walls
If your concrete garage is quite old, there may be a possibility that it doesn’t have insulated walls. The best product to insulate your garage with is fibreglass, which is used in most modern homes to keep them warm. However, we recommend that you call in a professional to properly install the insulation, as any mistakes could lead to a hefty bill in the long term.
Buy an indoor heater
There aren’t many people who have their central heating running into their garages, and that’s because most of us just use it for storage space. However, with concrete garage conversions becoming more and more popular over recent years, one solution to keeping it warm during the winter is to buy or install a heater in your garage. Although the above options will do the basics to keep your concrete garage warm, it isn’t going to make your garage cosy like the rest of your house that has central heating. Indoor heaters are a great option to heat up small spaces, however we do recommend you only use this when needed, as they can increase electricity bills.
These are just a few of the options available to homeowners looking to protect their concrete garages this winter. However, if you don’t have the time, or simply can’t afford all of the above, do not worry. Every little helps when keeping a garage warm, so start with the weather proofing seal and work your way up throughout the year.