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One of the goals, alright the entire #garagemakeover was based on this- to make the garage a comfortable space to work. By comfortable, we mean, not ninety plus degrees inside the garage in the summer!
A couple of projects that made the biggest difference in comfort level was the replacement of the garage seal. The old weather seal allowed hot air in and any cool air out, as well as bugs and a snake at one point.
The second project was the installation of insulation on the backside of the door. With these two, along with a shade on the window, and four fans, we're seeing about an 8 to 10 degree difference between the inside and outside temperature. That might not seem like much, but in Steph's garage, the inside temperature was ALWAYS higher than the outside temperature.
Take a look at the video to see how it all came together or read on for all the details.
Because of the age of this seal, it was hard to find an exact replacement. We shopped our local Home Depot store but came away empty handed. We checked at homedepot.com and found what we thought would work. We ordered it and it was delivered right to my door. We did a test fit and it looked like it was going to work.
Again, the instructions for adding the new seal were limited. It was suggested to put the seal into soapy water, insert the "T" into the channel and pull it across! Ha, we wish it had been that easy! We tried that method for about 30 minutes but only succeeded in getting it pulled into place for about 12" before it would slip out of place. You can't tell it, but it was so hot when we tried this. Our patience was really wearing thin. Finally, I suggested we just try to force it into place with a slotted screw driver. It took some coordination between the two of us but we were successful!
Next, we moved onto install the insulation. It was super simple- although really messy. We are using a product specifically designed for garage doors. It's flexible on one side and has a tough plastic like coating on the front side. It's flexible so you can get it into tight places on the back of the garage door.
These two upgrades made such a difference in the comfort level of the garage. With the new seal in place, we no longer get bugs and leaves from outside and it keeps hot air out and cool air in.
The panels are helping to keep the garage at tolerable temperatures and look good too! The inside door just looks a lot cleaner now. Plus, with the panels in place, the mud daubers can no longer make their home in the garage door!
Big thanks to Home Depot for providing the product we used in this project!
FYI: We are not professionals, and we don’t claim to be. This is what we found worked for our project. Yours may need a little different approach. Safety first!
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