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While your garage door may be effective at deterring intruders from accessing your garage, it is not so effective at keeping the weather out. If the gap at the bottom part of your door is left open, it can allow unwanted weather elements such as rain and snow to creep in and cause some serious damage to the door.
If your garage door has weather-stripping at the bottom, ensuring the seal is in good shape at all times is vital to keeping destructive weather elements outside your garage. As garage door weather seals are bound to give in to the wear and tear of normal use over time, it is important to keep an eye out for signs that your garage door's weather seal needed to be replaced.
Here are some telltale signs your garage door's replaceable weather seal may be damaged and needs to be changed.
Rusty metal track
A majority of garage doors with bottom weather-stripping feature a metal track that holds the weather seal in place. If the track starts to get rusty, then it means that the seal is no longer effective at keeping moisture and water out, thus allowing the elements to come in contact with the metal component. To fix the problem, you will need to remove the old seal completely, clean the rust off the track and then install a new seal.
If the first thing you see when you open your garage door is puddles of water right under your garage door bottom seal, it means rainwater from the previous night's rains somehow seeped into your garage. The water is a safety hazard, as it can cause you or a member of your household to slip and fall. In addition, it can encourage mould growth, become the perfect breeding site for mosquitoes and even ruin your garage floor over time. Inspect your garage door bottom seal for damage if you start seeing ponds of water near or around your garage door after it rains.
A garage door bottom seal is designed to make your garage watertight and also airtight. If the wind blows right into your garage through the gaps at the bottom part of your garage door, you may have to pay extra in order to efficiently moderate temperatures within your garage. If you can feel the wind blowing through bottom part of the garage door, your door seal may need a replacement.
Contact a garage door repair specialist for more information.