How to Replace a Garage Door Weatherstrip – Garages are usually an area in the house homeowners transform into a storage space.
From power tools to work out equipment and unused household items to maintenance tools, garages hold different types of things.
That said, it is important to ensure that the garage is a space safe from unwanted particles.
The last thing anybody would want is their items getting damaged from the rain, the changing weather, or any debris flying around.
The garage door’s weatherstrip is what keeps the most unwanted elements out of the garage.
If the weatherstrip of your garage door looks cracked and torn, perhaps it is time to replace this section of your garage door.
Read through this article to learn the step-to-step process of replacing your garage door weatherstrip.
Measure your garage door
Before doing the actual work, start with measuring the height, width, and thickness of your door.
These measurements are important for when you look for a weatherstrip to replace your old one with.
Additionally, measuring these beforehand saves you the extra work of measuring them during.
It also ensures a smoother workflow.
Prepare the necessary materials
To replace your old weatherstrips, you need to purchase new ones.
Head on over to your local hardware store.
While shopping for your weatherstrip, feel free to pick up any items or tools you will need to repair your garage door weatherstrips.
For wooden garage doors, a wood sealer is a necessity.
Some other items you will need for a safe and effective weatherstrip replacement would be a tape measure, a utility knife, gloves, and dish soap.
Unplug the door opener
Once you have your new weatherstrips, begin the replacement process by unplugging the garage door opener.
Pull the release so that the garage door is now in manual operation.
Lift the door to about six feet high, and clamp it in place using vice grips on either side of the door.
Securing the garage door from accidentally closing on you helps prevent any unwanted accidents while working.
Remove the old garage door weatherstrip
With the door lifted, tear up the old and torn weatherstrips at the top of the garage door, the bottom, and on the left and right sides.
You may use a screwdriver to pry open the seals, or scissors to cut them.
For those with wooden garage doors, be cautious of the nails from the old weatherstrip
This prevents a person from stabbing one’s self.
Clean the tracks
Once you have removed the old weatherstrips, clean the tracks for any dirt and debris stuck before you proceed with installing the new seals.
This can be done with a stiff brush or a rag paired with a household cleaner.
Be careful with your fingers as you do this.
Cut the new weatherstrips
With the dimensions you gathered from measuring the garage door, cut your new weatherstrips to the appropriate size.
You may use a sharp utility knife to do so.
Feel free to use a pencil to mark the parts you will be cutting off of the weatherstrip.
Install the weatherstrip
Slide the weatherstrips across the designated areas in the door.
Feel free to lubricate the weatherstrips with dish-washing liquid to make this process easier for you.
Do note that this could take some time.
It will consist of a lot of pushing and pulling, even with somebody else’s help.
For wooden garage doors, use the wood sealer to seal the weatherstrips.
Wait for the sealer to dry.
Push the garage door with your hand, simulating strong wind.
If any gaps are visible when doing so, adjust the weatherstrip.
Check again, and if there are still gaps, simply readjust your weatherstrips.
If there are none, open and close the garage door several times to ensure that the weatherstrips do not obstruct the door’s path.
Replacing the garage door weatherstrip may seem like a difficult task but, with the right tools on hand, this can be accomplished within the hour or so.
Garage Door Repairs FAQ
How do I fix a garage door the keeps reopening?
A garage door is programmed to travel a certain distance before it closes. If it closes before that distance has been traveled, it thinks something is wrong — and it reopens to help prevent any damage or safety risk. In cases such as this, most likely your garage door settings simply need to be adjusted.
One garage spring broke. I have 2, should I replace both?
Garage door springs should be replaced as a set. The reason is once one spring breaks, the other one is probably not far behind, especially considering how springs weaken over time. Combining a new spring with an older one will likely cause an imbalance in your garage door's operation. If you own 2 separate garage doors and only one spring has broken, it's strongly recommended to replace the springs on each door if their springs are around the same age. Depending on your door's position, when a spring breaks it can cause serious injury as well as damage your opener.
How do you fix a stuck open garage door?
First, check the track for obstructions. The area around the tracks needs to be completely clear. Second, check the remote; it could be a simple battery issue. If you still face an issue, manually unlock and gently try to close the door. If you still can’t find the problem, try giving us a call.
Can I manually open my garage door?
If your garage door does not open smoothly after pulling the releasing the cord, this could mean the door is off of its track, or the springs are broken. In either case, you should avoid trying to force the door open; doing so will only cause more damage.
How hard is it really to replace a garage door?
Installing a garage door isn't as simple as installing a regular door. More so, installing it incorrectly can be dangerous.