Get a Heated Garage
Nobody likes to enter a cold garage on a winter morning — or at any other time. Even in Lakeland, Florida, it can get cold during our shortened winter season.
But can you get a heated garage door here in Lakeland?
Sure. Keeping your garage warm during the cold months isn’t difficult if you follow these three steps.
1. First, stop the airflow in your garage
Before looking at heating your garage, you’ll want to make sure that neither the structure nor the garage door is letting in excess cold air. If there are warps or other compromises in the garage door, get them fixed. Replace the gasket along the bottom of the door, if necessary.
Holes in the garage walls should be repaired. Caulking around windows will make a difference in how well the garage retains heat and blocks cold, as will shrink film insulation applied to the window glass. Side or top gaps between the garage door and its frame can be blocked or have gaps in weather-stripping.
2. Insulate the walls and ceiling
After you take care of any open areas where cold air can get into the garage, the next step is to properly insulate the walls and ceiling if this hasn’t already been done. No matter what kind of garage heating system you use, no garage will stay warm if your walls and ceiling are bare.
Fiberglass batt insulation is ideal for this purpose and fairly easy for the average person to install. When the insulation is in place, finish the surfaces with drywall and then paint according to your tastes.
Depending on the level of heat you want inside your garage during the winter, the above two steps may be all the action you need to take. These steps definitely will prevent the majority of cold air from getting into the garage. If you want your garage to be even more comfortable, you can install a heating unit.
3. Add a heater to your garage
Now that the structure is well-sealed and insulated, any type of heating system you bring in will make a positive difference. However, based on the square footage of the garage, a small electric heater may not be sufficient.
Several space heaters are an option if one isn’t enough. But if going around and turning heaters on and off isn’t something that excites you, consider a ceiling-mount forced-air heating unit.
Your local home center (Lowes, Home Depot, Ace) should carry several models of heaters that are attached to the ceiling of the garage. These appliances come in different sizes and BTU outputs and run on electricity, so they’re completely self-contained. They’re often available with remote controls and thermostats, so you can keep your garage exactly as warm as you want it all the time.
Garage Door Repair
Garage doors often are the main culprits when the outside air is flowing at will into your garage. If you’re not familiar with garage door repair and the various parts and components included in a garage door system, it’s a smart move to have a professional take a look at the door as part of your garage-heating project.
Safe Way Garage Door Repair & Service of Lakeland, FL, can help with all types of garage door issues. We offer expert spring repair and replacement, car-impact repair, opener repair and replacement, and roller, track, and cable repair. For all garage door repairs, call Safe Way first at (863) 701–9779.
We also service homes across Polk County and Eastern Hillsborough County.
Polk County Garage Door Repair: Lakeland, Mulberry, Bartow, Fort Meade, Auburndale, Polk City, Bartow, Winter Haven, Haines City, Davenport, Lake Wales, Frostproof.
Eastern Hillsborough County Garage Door Repair: Plant City, Lithia, Valrico, Brandon, Seffner, Crystal Springs, Zephyrhills.