Learning how to replace a garage door seal saves you expensive callout costs in an emergency. In this article, the Raynor Garage Doors team goes over garage door seal replacement in a few easy steps.
Tools for a Garage Door Seal Replacement
Before you get started, gather the following tools:
- Measuring tape
- Door seal
- Phillips head and flathead screwdrivers
- A brush to sweep away dust
- Silicone spray, wax, or soap
- A utility knife
- A willing assistant, where possible
- Soapy water
Add the following if you have a wood garage door:
- Wood sealer
- Nails if there is no track
How to Replace the Garage Door Bottom Seal
Once you have the necessary supplies, follow these five steps to learn how to replace a garage door seal.
1. Start with the Correct Seal
Measure twice and cut once is a good motto when learning how to replace a garage door bottom seal. Measure the dimensions of your garage door, so you choose the correct size of rubber seal to match. If you live in a colder region, consider silicone or vinyl seals, as they react better to extreme temperatures.
Measure the length, height, and width and record the measurements for reference later.
2. Remove the Existing Seal
Your next step is to detach the existing seal, which won’t take long. If there is a track, try and slide the seal out. If screws hold the seal in place, remove the screws.
Be sure to remove all traces of the old seal and wash the area with soapy water.
3. Get Everything Ready for Installation
Fill in any holes in the door itself and clean it well if there is a track. Sweep the garage floor and clear it of obstacles. Then lower the garage door to a level that makes it easy to reach the seal and see what you’re doing.
4. Place the New Seal
Your next step in replacing garage door weather stripping is to line up the seal with the door and install it. If you have no track, ensure it’s flush with the concrete floor and nail it.
If you have a track:
- Fold the seal in half.
- Line the T-sections of the seal up to the grooves in the track.
- Slide it into place using one hand to fold the seal and the other to guide it. This task is much easier with a friend.
- Lubricate the seal with silicone spray, wax, or soap to make this task easier.
- You may need to straighten the track with the screwdriver.
5. Trim the Excess
Trim away any excess rubber with a utility knife. Keep it flush with the door’s edge or the track opening.
That’s how simple replacing garage door weather stripping is!
Call the Experts
Fortunately, learning how to replace a garage door seal is relatively easy. However, you may want to call in an expert for trickier designs or assess the doors’ overall condition.