Your garage might be the place where you park your car, or store your unused Christmas decorations, but it has the potential to be so much more.
We’ve written about several garage organization ideas in the past. The garage can be a place to host cookouts, your new work-from-home office or the classic den/man cave. But before any of that happens, you need to transform your garage into a place where you want to hang out.
This time of year, that means winterizing your garage. Here are some tips to get you started:
Keeping the space insulated is key. Start by insulating your garage door and walls. Garage insulation is typically less costly than the insulation you’d purchase for other parts of your home, especially if you can handle the job by yourself.
2. Weather stripping
After you’ve insulated the doors and walls, check the weather stripping around the windows and on the door leading to your home.
Weather stripping can become cracked or brittle as time goes by, creating drafts in your home. If you feel air slipping into the garage, remove the old weather stripping and use a scraper or putty knife to scrape away any remaining sealant.
If you make sure the surface is as clean as possible, you’ll have an easier time installing new weather stripping, and get a much more effective seal.
Whether you’ll be using your garage as a home office or a home-away-from-home, you probably don’t want to spend much time on a concrete floor.
Consider installing new flooring, whether that means attractive floor boards or tile, or simply a warm colorful area rug.
4. Pest proofing
When winter comes, there will be a lot of outdoor critters looking for an indoor space to hibernate. Let them know your garage is off limits by screening over any entry points.
5. Wrap your pipes
If your garage has water pipes, wrap them up to prevent freezing. You can use polyethylene insulation tubes, PVC pipe wrap, heat tape or simply just newspaper secured with duct tape.
Try to keep temperatures in your home above 55 degrees. Make sure you’ve cut off the water to supply to your outdoor hose, and cover your air conditioning unit to prevent drafts.
6. Keep your floors clean
Keep mats or rugs near the doors to keep people from tracking in wintry sludge: snow, dirt, mud, ice or road salt. If there are steps leading from the house to the garage, consider installing a runner to keep people from slipping.
Make sure the path to your garage will remain clear by stockpiling rock salt or other de-icing material, and by keeping a snow shovel handy.
7. Light up your garage
There’s not a lot of daylight to work with during the winter, so make sure you increase the lighting in your garage so that work benches and laundry areas are well lit, and things in cabinets are easy to find.
Once you’ve tackled all these garage winterizing steps, it’s time to think about implementing your garage organization ideas. Closet City can help. We are an authorized Carolina Garage Company dealer, offering hundreds of cabinet design options and nearly a dozen premium-stylized, powder-coat finishes.
Contact us today, and we will get started on helping you make your garage a place you’ll want to spend time this winter.