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Old 10-30-2007, 02:56 PM   #1
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Default Best way to seal gaps around garage doors

Now with the weather getting chillier it has become very clear that my garage doors have huge air gaps around the sides that needs to be fixed. I bought the house in May and until this week it wasn't an issue. I would like to replace the doors next years with new insulated aluminum doors and better openers but that is not in my budget today.

I tightened up all the screws that hold it to the panels in place which had no effect. It seems like the gaps are bigger now than they were when it was warmer outside for some reason. I was thinking that the rubber seal that is tacked on the bottom might work around the sides but I am concerned with it catching the door on the way down. Any ideas?

Here are a few pictures of what I mean.

http://lh3.google.com/Studio757/RyeL...JPG?imgmax=512

http://lh5.google.com/Studio757/RyeL...JPG?imgmax=512

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Old 10-30-2007, 03:20 PM   #2
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Default Re: Best way to seal gaps around garage doors

It doesn't appear to have the usual vinyl side seals - they're available at most building supply houses, with the vinyl lip seal pre-attached to a wood molding. Photo below shows a close view of mine, with the vinyl lip seal running vertically in the center of the photo; the door is on the left, frame on the right.

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Old 10-30-2007, 07:08 PM   #3
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Default Re: Best way to seal gaps around garage doors

You can undo the bolts that hold the track to the wall and push the track closer to the wall, then tighten the bolts -- that will narrow the gap.

Then get some weatherstripping for garagedoors (usually available for 8' or 16' doors) and install.

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Old 10-30-2007, 07:22 PM   #4
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Default Re: Best way to seal gaps around garage doors

Just get some vinyl stop molding from the Depot or Lowes. It is hard to find ask someone that works there to point you to it.
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Old 10-30-2007, 08:41 PM   #5
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Default Re: Best way to seal gaps around garage doors

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You can undo the bolts that hold the track to the wall and push the track closer to the wall, then tighten the bolts -- that will narrow the gap.
Bingo.

Also, if you move the vertical track, you'll need to adjust the top (horizontal) track as well. Finally, the top most roller may have an adjustable mount, so that the top can be pushed closer to the wall.

I just installed two brand new Clopay doors, and made sure that they were all the way against the wall/seal.
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Old 10-30-2007, 09:59 PM   #6
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Anyone ever try brush seals? Here's an example:
http://www.genuinehotrod.com/PartDetail.asp?PartId=6550
They are available from a number of sources.
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Old 10-31-2007, 07:26 AM   #7
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I use the nylon brush seals...they are a very nice product and they trim out the door rather nicely. www.sealeze.com The Nylon brushes last forever, are forgiving on the door, and would work any nearly any climate. GenuineHotRod (aka: Summit) is a good place to get them. I also use those nice big bulb seals on the bottom of the door like what you can find in the GenuineHotRod catalog. Works great!

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Old 10-31-2007, 12:04 PM   #8
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Default Re: Best way to seal gaps around garage doors

Thanks for all the great reply's. I will be going to HD and Lowes over the weekend to look and see what they have in stock. I like the brush seal idea and will probably go that route though, pretty great product if you read the website info. From the outside it looks flush and tight, sure not on the inside.
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Old 11-01-2007, 10:39 PM   #9
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My door over the years has just worn the trim wood down and created a gap too. I was just going to tear the wood off and reinstall a new piece. I also was going to install the vinyl piece of weather guard. I will take a photo tomorrow of mine. I will look at my friends doors since he just go a new one put on recently. I will post photos of his too.

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Old 11-02-2007, 03:25 AM   #10
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Yea please post the pictures when you can. Now I am having trouble with the opener getting stuck and can't decide whether it wants to go up or down.
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Old 02-20-2008, 04:22 PM   #11
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Default Re: Best way to seal gaps around garage doors

do brush seals just come in a roll, so that you can fit them to any size door? they only seem to sell them as kits to fit 2 door sizes on summit. I have 10x12's on my shop that i want to seal up better to keep the heat in & humidity out.

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