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Prepare Your Garage Door for the Winter

While Bristol is often known for its rather amenable summer climate, the winters here can be quite harsh. This is further confounded when we consider the fact that the city is quite close to the sea. Harsh salt breezes can damage some exterior structures. With the cold weather just around the corner, what are some top tips that will help you to protect your garage door against the elements?

A Fresh Coat of Paint

There is perhaps nothing which protects an exterior door like a fresh coat of paint. Paint will provide a waterproof barrier against the elements while adding a touch of class to any home. However, not all paints are alike. Only choose quality brand names and make certain that the mixture is intended for EXTERIOR use. Finishes such as satin, gloss or semi-gloss work the best. For added durability, the paint should be oil-based and two coats must be applied. Be sure to scrape away any loose areas and make certain that the garage door is dry before painting. Finally, never apply a coat when the temperatures are at or below freezing.

Filling Holes and Gaps

Any imperfections within a garage door will allow water and ice to enter. This can cause extensive interior damage; particularly if the door is made of wood. Check all corners and borders to spot any cracks. Fill these with a caulk that is designed for exterior use. Should you not wish to subsequently paint the door, most hardware stores offer colourised caulk that is able to closely match the existing tone.

Protective Skirting

It is always wise to check the rubber borders around the bottom and sides of the garage door. These are meant to provide extra protection while preventing water from entering. If the rubber is cracked or broken (especially around the bottom lip), it is best to replace it before the colder weather sets in. Do-it-yourself kits can be found at most home repair stores and the skirts can be installed in only minutes.

There is no doubt that Bristol is known for its inclement winters. All of these tips and tricks are easy to complete within no time at all and they require little effort. It is said that an ounce of prevention goes a long way in terms of the exterior of any home. Be certain to follow these steps to fully protect any garage door.

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