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When planning for colder months, you should start thinking about how to keep your garage warm through Iowa winter weather. Use this checklist to prepare your garage for colder months, keep it warm, and protect it against seasonal damage. 

Organize Your Garage

Spring cleaning isn’t just for springtime. A cluttered garage is a pain in any season, but especially in winter, it can be rough. Stepping over tools, toys, and storage containers when you’re cold or wet from the snow is both annoying and can lead to slipping and causing injury.

A clean garage will help you accomplish the rest of this list and you’ll be able to get to your winter items with ease when you need them most. 

Create an Area for Wet Shoes and Clothing

Winter weather can make a mess of your garage and home. Water, salt, slush, and dirt cling to shoes and clothing and then get tracked into your home. 

Create a space in your garage that can be a “drop zone” for wet boots, shoes, coats, and other items. This way, your family can keep the winter mess out of the house and in a designated spot. 

Insulate Your Garage 

Insulate your garage’s walls and windows to prevent cold air from seeping in. Use draft blockers or even towels and old blankets around the base of your garage doors and windows to block any drafts. You can take it a step further by hiring an insulation company to spray insulation behind the walls and above ceilings. Another option is to use window sealing kits to cover windows for more protection.

Seal Any Cracks and Holes

Even tiny cracks in your exterior garage walls and small openings around windows and electrical outlets can let cold air into your garage. The cold air will lower your garage’s temperature, which can damage your stored items or make it an uncomfortable space for working in. 

Use an exterior seal to fill cracks on your garage’s outer walls and apply caulking around the interior of your window panes. Remove outlet covers and/or light switch covers. Run a thin bead of caulk where the box meets the drywall. While the caulk is still tacky, apply foam seals purchased from your local hardware store. Press firmly so they connect with the caulk. Put the outlet/switch cover back on.

Invest In A Space Heater

If you spend a lot of time in your garage for hobbies or other uses, insulation alone won’t keep you very warm during harsh Iowa winters. A space heater is a great investment to keep the temperature in your garage at a more comfortable level. Just be sure to follow all safety precautions. 

Seal Your Garage Floor

During winter weather, salt from the roads clings to your car and can get on your garage floor. The salt can eat away at your floor’s finish and damage its appearance.

Apply sealant to your garage floor to protect it from salt damage through harsh weather this season. Make sure to clean the flooring after application to prolong the sealant’s life. 

Have Your Garage Door and Opener Inspected

We depend on our garage door and opener every day—and even more so when the weather is cold and wet. The last thing you want is to have your car trapped outside in a snowstorm because your garage door won’t open

Contact Amega to inspect your garage door and opener before winter starts. We can assess if your garage door requires repair, and check to ensure your garage door opener is in good working order. 

Call Amega to Replace Aging Garage Doors

If you find that your garage door needs to be replaced after an inspection, Amega has you covered. We know you want to be ready for Des Moines winter when it comes, so we’ll make sure your garage door is installed professionally and ready to block out the cold. 

Give us a call today to set up an inspection, a repair, or an appointment for a brand-new installation with Amega before winter gets into full swing!