How To Get Your Garage Winter Ready

Fall is approaching, which means it’s time to start thinking about getting your home ready for the winter. Before we know it, temperatures will drop and the weather will become more unpredictable, leaving your garage susceptible to the elements. At Garage Interiors, we recommend planning for the winter weather early so you can maximize your garage space during the cold months. Here are a few ways you can get your garage winter ready in Southeast Wisconsin and Northern Illinois:

Resurface Your Garage Floor

If you have grandiose plans for your garage this fall, you need to have a solid foundation that you can build your improvements on. Fall is a great time to do your semi-annual garage cleaning, and it all starts with the garage floor. While the weather is still nice, take a day to move everything inside or out into the yard, then call up your local garage floor coating professionals and have them apply a fresh coat of polyaspartic flooring to your garage concrete. The great thing about polyaspartic floor coatings is that the installation process only takes one to two days with a 24-hour cure time, so you can get it done in a fraction of the time other garage floor finishes take. Compared to epoxy garage flooring, this garage floor resurfacing material is four times stronger, more durable, and produces a more aesthetically pleasing result. Not only that, but it is stain-resistant and does not peel in the sun or under hot tires. Investing in a polyaspartic garage floor coating sets your garage up for other improvements in time for winter!

Install Insulation

It’s no secret that the winters can be pretty brutal in Franklin, Waukesha, and the surrounding areas. Cold air can seep into your garage if it isn’t insulated, resulting in a freezing cold garage in the winter. Installing insulation in the walls and around the garage door is a smart move if you want to spend any time in your garage this winter, not to mention that you’ll save lots of money on energy costs if your home is properly insulated. Do yourself a favor and check for cracks in your garage walls, then fill them in with caulk before covering them up with insulation. You’ll also want to insulate any windows in your garage, as cold air can seep through these cracks as well.

Replace Weather Stripping

Another way to insulate your garage is to make sure your weather stripping isn’t falling apart. Weather stripping is only meant to last a few years at most, so it’s a good idea to replace it often. Plus, it’s cheap, so there’s really no reason not to do it. Sometime this fall, set aside some time to make a trip to the hardware store and pick up some weather stripping to install around your garage door, using a putty knife to scrape off residual weather stripping from previous years. When done right, your weather stripping should be tight to the door with the rubber flap flattening against it to allow the door to close all the way.

Lubricate The Garage Door

Don’t forget about the moving parts that help your garage door open and close — these parts can get worn out over time, making them more susceptible to breaking. You want your springs, rollers, and hinges to move smoothly during the winter so the frigid cold doesn’t cause them to jam up, so pick up some WD-40 and give them a thorough spray sometime this fall. It is important to note that bearings should be left alone, however, as they already have grease inside that helps them move. To properly lubricate your garage door, wipe all the parts clean with a towel, apply the lubricant, and remove any excess with a clean cloth so it doesn’t create a mess.

Cover Your Pipes

Pipes are prone to freezing and bursting in the winter, which is a problem you definitely don’t want to deal with. There’s a reason why it is recommended that you keep your home at approximately 70 degrees Farenheit in the winter — you want to keep your house at a comfortable temperature so you don’t experience plumbing issues. The same goes for your garage, especially if it is uninsulated. If you have any exposed piping, wrap it with foam or insulation to prevent the water from freezing inside.

Install A Garage Storage System

It is easy for residential garages to become a dumping ground in the winter, but it doesn’t have to be this way. You want a clean space to park your car so you don’t have to waste time scraping it off every time you leave the house, and you certainly don’t want to be tripping over discarded snow boots, snow shovels, and other miscellaneous items left on the floor. Before the weather takes a turn for the worse, consider what type of garage storage system would work best for your space. If your garage doubles as a storage space for random things you rarely use, you might want to invest in overhead garage storage. Garage shelving and garage cabinets are also great if you have lots of items in your garage that you need to access throughout the year. If you aren’t sure where to start, don’t hesitate to reach out to your local garage storage suppliers — we’d be happy to take a look at your garage and determine which garage storage system will maximize your space.

Contact Us For Garage Storage Solutions & Garage Floor Coatings

Garage Interiors is your go-to for all things garage flooring and garage storage. When it comes to residential and commercial garages, we’ve seen it all, and we have confidence that we can tackle any size project. Whether you need a fresh coat of garage floor sealer or you’re in the market for a new garage organization system, we can help you get your garage floor winter ready. Contact us today with additional questions about winterizing your garage, and be sure to take advantage of our garage floor coating services and garage storage installations before the winter rolls around. We offer free estimates and are willing to travel to Pleasant Prairie, Franklin, Brookfield, Waukesha, Menomonee Falls, WI, as well as Grayslake, IL.