What to Know about Winterising Timber Shed Garage Doors

Posted on: 12 October 2016

When you purchased your home, it may have come with a timber shed fit with timber garage doors. These doors are common on sheds that house lawnmowers or have the ability to double as a tool shed and vehicle storage garage. You may already know a few ways to maintain these particular types of timber sheds and garage doors, but what you may not know is how to properly winterise them. Here are a few steps that will help you along.

Insulate Around the Doors

Often times standalone garages are already insulated, but the doors themselves may not be. In these cases, your first step would be to insulate around the garage door itself. You can do this with weatherstripping that is made either for doors or specifically for garage doors. This weatherstripping can be cut to fit the area and usually has an adhesive strip on one side that attaches directly to the door frames. If you do not like the idea of traditional foam weatherstripping, you can have your doors fitted for rubber or silicone weatherstrips by a professional.

Weatherseal the Doors

If you are not sure how long it has been since the timber garage doors were weathersealed, then you may want to consider weathersealing as part of your winterising routine. Weathersealing generally involves choosing between a clear coat water seal or a stain that adds a colour to your doors. Regardless of the type you choose, you will be painting or spraying on the weather seal directly to the doors. This will seal the door from water damage like mould, mildew and wood rot.

Check the Mechanics

The last thing you want are the springs, locks and other mechanics of your timber garage doors failing or rusting during the season. Ideally, part of your winterising should be checking these mechanisms and making sure there is no rust or issues that would cause breakdown in icy or cold weather. If you do find rust or weak joints, you will need to have these areas replaced. You should also consider replacement parts that are suitable for all weather conditions or sealing them with a winterising spray. You can find these types of spray products at most home improvement stores.

These are only three steps to winterising your timber shed or garage doors. If you are considering professional assistance with this routine, consider a pricing consultation with a local contractor skilled in winterising and dealing with timber weatherproofing.   

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