Thursday, October 19, 2017

Winterize Your Garage Early!

When it comes to winterizing at Toledo Door And Window, we often talk about replacing, repairing, inspecting, and upgrading, but there are also other measures and precautions you can take to keep the cold air out and the warm air in your home.

Keep in mind, often times the garage is a forgotten space that has a BIG impact on the temperature of the home. Here are a few tips to protect your garage and home from the temperature effects of winter.

Garages are not constructed to hold in heat, which may cause issues for some homes during the winter. In some instances, garage temperatures may even compare to the chilling outside temperatures, which isn’t ideal for you or the things stored in your garage. If you are not ready to replace your garage door or didn't purchase an insulated garage door - now is the time to insulate your garage door and walls. Insulation is one way to retain a bit of extra heat during the blistering cold months.

Aside from baby-proofing your home, many homeowners do not think much about covering their switches and outlets. This is why we suggest to take a few minutes this season to winter-proof your garage by covering any switches and outlets on an outside wall especially. This will help to keep some of the brisk air out!

Is your water heater housed in your garage (or perhaps in an unfinished basement in your home)? This one is really a great tip for you! Your water heater works very hard to keep your home’s water warm, but imagine how much harder it must work if the water heater is constantly cold on the outside. Invest in a water heater tank cover or blanket this season to alleviate the extra-added stress on your water heater, and more importantly YOUR wallet.

Once the flurries start this winter, you’ll be bringing all sorts of snow, salt and sludge into your garage. Before the winter comes upon you and this begins to happen, think about waterproofing your floor for protection. You’ll be glad you did come next spring!

Although this may be a bit of an extra investment or extreme for some, others may find that installing a garage heater is an investment they’re willing to make for the long term. Especially if you work in your garage during the winter months? Or if you store temperature-sensitive equipment or materials in your space? If you answered yes to either of these installing a heater may be the best investment for you!

Yes! Getting organized is the best way to winterize your garage! Start by putting away your spring and summer gear, tools and more! Gather and bring your cold weather supplies, tools and more to the most handy place. Especially your shovel or snow blower! Thinking about and considering these items ahead of time will alleviate a great deal of your stress later when winter comes upon you and your home!

Need more advice on where to start when it comes to your garage or home? We’ve got you covered at Toledo Door And Window! Call us at 419-475-3667 or check out our website at today!