How to Seal Your Garage Roller Door in 5 Simple Steps
Looking to revamp your garage? A roller door is the way to go. Not only are roller doors the most popular garage door style, but they’re also convenient, user-friendly and reasonably priced.
A freestanding roller door can replace an old fence or gate, or it can close off & secure your open driveway. The result? Peace of mind as you deter intruders and enjoy that extra bit of privacy on your property.
Sealing is essential to ensure your electric roller door functions optimally. It’s also easier than you think. Read on to find out why you should seal your roller doors, the different types of garage roller door seals and the five-step process on how to do it at home.
Why Should I Seal My Garage Roller Door?
Your garage roller door must keep the unwanted things out your garage and protect the valuable items inside. Sealing roller garage doors can prevent the following from entering:
- Rodents & pests
- Unwanted trespassers
All garage doors include a bottom seal to avoid this but general wear and tear causes garage door bottom seals to deteriorate over time. Sometimes the actual driveway apron or concrete floor underneath the door cracks, settles or shifts, and standard seals aren’t able to cover the resulting large gaps.
As soon as you see daylight below the bottom of your closed garage door, it’s time to seal it. By weather-sealing roller doors you’ll seal these gaps, plus feel safer and even increase the lifespan of your garage door.
5 Main Types of Garage Roller Door Seals
Garage Door Bottom Seal
A garage door bottom seal is a long rubber or vinyl strip you attach to the bottom edge of your garage roller door. It’s flexible enough to compress when your garage door closes and seals the gap between the door & floor.
Garage Door Panel Weather Stripping Seal
Garage door panel weather stripping is V-shaped and seals the gaps between the separate panels of your garage door. It’s ideal for an older wooden door with flat-edged panels. The self-adhesive stripping sticks easily to the bottom or top of each panel, effectively sealing your closed garage door.
Garage Door Stop Weather Stripping Seal
A garage door stop weather stripping seal is either rubber or vinyl. Install it onto your wooden garage door stop moulding by attaching it to the door jamb until it almost touches the front face of your garage door.
Garage Door Threshold Seal
A garage door threshold seal attaches to the floor instead of the door. Use this either independently or with a door seal. If your driveway slopes downwards toward your garage, a threshold seal helps keep surface water out and fill any gaps underneath your door.
Garage Door Vinyl Door Stop With A Weather Strip Seal
Got a damaged, old or rotten garage door? Door stops with weather stripping are excellent options then. It’s generally a one-piece vinyl with a moulding strip and weather-seal “lip”.
How to Seal Your Garage Roller Door
Seal your roller garage doors either through adding or replacing the bottom door seal and the weather stripping on the stop moulding on the top & sides of your garage door. You might also need to add thin weather stripping between your garage door panels to make the door airtight.
Before sealing your garage roller door, measure its length precisely. You’ll attach your garage door bottom seal on the inside of your garage roller door.
Fit garage roller doors with a bottom seal in these five simple steps:
- The garage door bottom seal normally includes pre-drilled holes in its aluminium carrier. Pick the best position to attach the seal in line with the bottom inside edge of your garage door until the rubber seal drapes over. If necessary, pre-drill holes into the aluminium seal carrier.
- Use clamps or tape to hold the aluminium carrier into place. Tip: ask an extra pair of hands for help.
- If you’re satisfied with the position, mark the pre-drilled holes using a pencil. Drill through the pre-drilled holes with a 2.5mm bit into the door while it’s still clamped.
- Attach the included self-tapping screws with a cordless drill or screwdriver and remove any clamps.
- Check to see your door shuts properly and trim the ends of the seal if they’re too long.
Now that you know how to seal your garage roller door, pick out the perfect electric roller door to seal the deal! Trust an experienced team to guide you to help you get one most suited to your home and personal style.
Dandenong Garage Doors offers a wide range of commercial and residential roller doors in various designs to accommodate different garage structures. Regardless of the type of garage door installation Melbourne residents need, we customise specific solutions just for you. Request a quote by calling us on 03 9791 4933 today.