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Garage Door Problems: Learn to Recognize Them

If your garage door squeaks, you might think it's nothing to worry about. However, a squeaky garage door can be dangerous, especially if it falls. A year ago, my garage door began to squeak whenever I opened and closed it. I ignored the problem and continued to use the door. One day, the door collapsed on my car as I backed out of my garage. Although my car sustained a lot of damage, I was very thankful to be alive. I contacted a garage door specialist the same day. The contractor informed me that my door's springs had given out. After the repairs, the contractor offered sound advice on how to recognize problems in my garage door and what to do about them. I started this blog to help other homeowners stay safe as well. Please, don't ignore your garage's problem, even if it's small.


Insulate Your Garage Door To Control The Temperature

If your garage is too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer, one problem that could be contributing to the discomfort is the lack of insulation in your garage door. Fortunately, you can insulate the garage door fairly easily. Here's how.

Supply List

  • Measuring tape
  • Permanent marker
  • Polystyrene foam board or reflective foil insulation
  • Utility knife
  • Double-sided tape

Purchase the Materials

Before you head out to buy what you need, measure the garage door. This will give you the square footage so that you can purchase enough insulation to get the job done without wasting money buying too much.

You'll have two main types of insulation to choose from:

  • Polystyrene foam board (blue board) – Comes in 4x8 foot sheets. You want the 1.5" thick blue board for this project.
  • Reflective foil insulation – Comes in rolls which makes it easier to haul if you don't have a truck.

Measure and Cut

Once you've purchased all of the materials and gathered the supplies, it's time to get working. Measure each panel of the garage door being very careful to measure accurately. Now, take those measurements and measure and cut the insulation.

Tip: To keep your cuts straight, lay a board across the insulation to use as a guide.

Hang the Insulation

Apply double-sided tape around the edges of the garage door panel. Add a few extra strips of the tape to the centers to give the insulation a little more support.

Position the insulation over the first panel of the garage door. Open and close the door to ensure that the insulation doesn't hang out and rub when the door is opened. Trim any overhang with the razor knife and move on to the next panel.

If you don't feel confident that the double-sided tape will maintain its hold, you can get some aluminum foil tape to trim the edges. This will not only help to keep the insulation in place but will also seal up the last little bit of gap to keep air from coming in around the insulation.

If your garage door is old, isn't really in the greatest shape or you just don't think that this fix is the solution for maintaining a comfortable temperature in your garage, talk with your local garage door expert about your options. You may be pleasantly surprised at the options that you'll be provided in new garage doors and the efficiency that they offer.

For more information, contact your local garage door repair company.