Most service requirements for garage door systems involve moving parts. This is not always the case though. Your garage door bottom and perimeter weather seals can wear out, get torn or damaged, suffer from rodent damage, or otherwise become ineffective. Don’t put up with a poor seal – in most cases we can easily replace these items and keep the weather outside where it belongs.
Steps to Replace Your Garage Door Weather Seal
At Overhead Door Co. of Central Jersey, we feel there are several steps you can take to help us be as efficient as possible when you place a service order for weather seal replacement. These steps are necessary as there are many different profiles and installation methods for the garage door bottom seal. Let’s go through some of the ways you can assist in identifying the correct replacement part.
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1. Photos: since most of us carry a smartphone one of the most helpful things you can do is take several pictures of the bottom seal. Some types of bottom seals attach directly to the door, while others have a separate retainer strip that accepts the weather seal. Try to provide photos that clearly show the profile of the weatherstrip as well as the retainer if possible.
2. Garage Door Manufacturer: this is not always easy to determine. Some manufacturers will put an obvious identifying mark on the garage door, others will not. Some of the places you can look include the inside of the panels or sections, the edges of the sections, the track assembly, and sometimes, the springs. Look for stickers, stampings, tags on the springs, etc. If there is not any evidence that allows you to identify the manufacturer provide us with photos of the inside and outside of the door sections – we may be able to identify your door product from this.
3. Thickness of Your Garage Door: there are cases where the same weather seal profile is used on different door thicknesses. In these cases, a picture will make the profile clear but not necessarily make the thickness clear. Providing the thickness of the door gives us one more clue about the correct replacement seal.
4. Width of Your Garage Door: since some weather seal products require complete replacement including the retainer this is important to know.
5. Door Height If the Perimeter Seal (stop molding) Is to Be Replaced: provide door height and tell us if the corners of the opening are square or angled. The angled corners are 45 degrees and are often referred to as colonial or “Dutch” corners.
With the above information in most cases, we will be able to arrive with the correct items and renew your weather seal in one trip.
Weather Seal Replacement Due to Rodent Damage
If the weather seal needs replacement due to rodent damage let us know.
At Overhead Door Co. of Central Jersey, we always do our best to address the underlying problem that led to a service call. We have several products that will deter rodents from damaging the lower corners of the perimeter seal and the ends of the bottom seal on your garage door.
Garage Door Repairs
Since we will be visiting to replace the weather seal please report any other issue with your garage door and opener system at the same time, no matter how minor it may seem. We can investigate on-site and hopefully save the need for a future service call.
Some of the things that you might want to consider would be battery replacement in your keypad and/or handheld remote control transmitters, general service and lubrication of the door system, and a review of the safety systems on the opener system, and so on.
If your garage door weather seal needs attention give us a call today! We’ll be glad to help keep the weather outside.