Did Your Garage Survive the Winter?

Did Your Garage Survive the Winter?

The following contribution is from another author.

The garages of the home world have a lot to offer us: we can use them to store our cars, and then to store literally anything else we have no room in our houses for. We can convert them into new rooms, like a studio or an office, and we can mix and match both of those ideas to make a new mega-room with multiple functions.

But seeing as we’re now well into winter, and on our way to spring, how well did your garage hold up against the weather outside? There’s a good chance it was a lot colder in there than anywhere in the house, at least, and now it’s time to focus on problems like that. So read on if you want a quick checklist to run yourself through when it comes to garage care at the beginning of the year.

Is There Any Heat Pumping Through it?

As we said above, garages can be very cold. They’re units made to keep your car clean and dry, and seeing as your car has no skin receptors to feel the temperature, there’s usually little worry over whether the room is warm enough or not. So to make sure your garage has a much better chance of making it through the next month, let’s be sure there’s some heat pumping through it.

If you like to spend time in there, or you know the bricks and mortar are starting to freeze up with you inside them, then you’re going to want to get the interior insulated. Insulation can be quite cheap to do, and they’re a one time job that’s going to last you years and years. Of course, if you live somewhere very cold and wet, you’re going to want another method to back this up: something like hooking up a space heater to get some warm air flowing throughout the enclosed area. And that’s an easy installation too.

Is the Door Closing Properly?

One of the biggest potential heat and dry leaks in your garage is the main door in and out of it. And there’s a lot of ways a garage door can break down on you: maybe the cables have snapped and it doesn’t open or close properly anymore, maybe the hinges have rusted or frozen away, maybe the door doesn’t even fit properly. Well, it’s time to diagnose your door disaster.

Don’t worry, no matter what result you come up with, there’s always a garage door repair service out there. But if you fancy DIY-ing it, you’re going to want to mainly focus on the opener system here, seeing as those pieces are most likely to go first and have some serious ramifications. Check that the tracks on the ceiling are running properly, make sure they’re aligned, give them and any of the screws in both the opener and the door a clean, and then check to see if anything is loose.

Make sure you’ve fixed up the garage in time for next winter.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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