The garage is often thought of as one of the less hospitable parts of the home, so it’s only natural that it doesn’t feel as comfortable and controlled as the rest. However, that doesn’t mean you should leave it to the mercy of the elements. If you keep your vehicle in there, or any tools, then moisture, wind, and rain can cause rust, leaks, and a host of other issues. Here are a few ways you can prevent that.
Seal your doors and windows
The entry point for a lot of moisture, as well as changes in temperature, is going to be the gaps in your doors and windows. Most windows can be sealed relatively easily using caulk. However, if you have older fixtures, you may need to replace them. This can include replacing the garage door, as well, or simply replacing the weatherstripping. To test whether or not there is an opening around your doors, windows, or garage door, hold a slip of paper to the crease during a windy day. If it is sucked flush to the crack or flutters, then there’s an air leak.
Insulating the walls
If you’re looking to keep out the treacherous winter chills, then beyond weatherstripping the garage, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re able to keep the heat inside. To that end, sites like Insulation Superstore can help you find the products that you need to give some heat efficiency to the walls. You will need to look up the instructions based on whether your garage has cavity walls, single breeze block walls, or external walls that you can insulate.
Mind the roof
When it rains, leaks are going to be your highest priority and most of them are going to come from the top of the garage. Most people do not pay a lot of mind to the roof of their home, so it’s only natural that the garage roof often goes ignored as well. However, replacements like ClassicLiquid Flat Roofs can help you create a strong, sealed roof over the garage in very little time, regardless of the surface area of the roof. Effective drainage is essential for stopping water from pooling on the roof, too.
Install a heater and dehumidifier
The right choice of appliances can make a big difference. If you need to warm the space up in the winter, then installing a heater, be it gas or electric, is going to be your best bet. If you have been having problems with moisture, dampness, and mould, however, then you’re going to need to look at the possibility of buying a dehumidifier for the space. Of course, you need to address where the moisture is coming from in the first place, whether it’s a leak, an air gap, or otherwise.
The practicality and worth of your garage as a workspace or storage space will depend largely on how much you put the effort into protecting it. Hopefully, the tips above give you some ideas of what you can do.