Metal expands and contracts based on temperature, which is why weather changes and drops in temperature can cause your metal garage door springs to contract. This means cold air in winter can affect the tension in your door and may lead to breakages. You can protect your garage door spring this winter by installing weather stripping around your garage door opening. Doing this can prevent cold air from leaking into your garage and thus will control the temperature in your garage. This project can be completed as a DIY project if you have the proper materials.
Step 1: Purchase your weather stripping and gather your materials.
Measure the size of your garage door opening so you'll know how much weather stripping to install. You can purchase your garage door weather stripping from a hardware store.
If you're not sure which brand of weather stripping is best for your door, try calling your garage door repair company to find out what brand they recommend for you. Once you've purchased weather stripping, it will be time to gather your materials. You'll need measuring tape, nails, a hammer, scissors and a ladder.
Step 2: Cut the weather stripping to lengths that can match your garage door opening.
Measure each side of the opening of your garage door. Cut the weather stripping to lengths that are slightly longer than each side of the garage door. It's better to cut the weather stripping to slightly longer than necessary than to lengths that are slightly shorter than necessary.
Step 3: Nail the weather stripping to the outside of the garage door.
Nail each length of weather stripping to the outside of the garage door. The weather stripping will be folded length-wise down the strip. The short side of the weather stripping will be nailed to the garage door frame, so the long side of the stripping will lightly touch the garage door.
Step 4: Cut down the stripping to fit the door.
Once the weather stripping has been attached to the area around the garage door, it's time to cut down the stripping to fit the door more exactly. Use your scissors to cut the short side of the stripping so it fits the frame of the garage door. Cut the long side of the weather stripping so it's just long enough to overlap at the corners of the garage door.
With this done, you should be able to control the temperature of your garage and protect your garage door springs from extreme temperatures this winter. For more information about how you can protect your garage door springs this winter, contact a reputable garage door repair person in your area or visit websites like http://www.doordoctorinc.com/.