Garage door seals are an essential piece of equipment to keep your garage top notch. Garage door seals are usually inexpensive and easy to install, so there’s no real excuse not to get one on your garage door.
In this article, I will be sharing with you what I’ve found to be the best garage door seals for each type of garage, at various price points. Firstly, let’s look at the main benefits of using a garage door seal.
Why use a Garage Door Seal?
I’ve already given a couple hints, but if you’re not already convinced, take a look at the next few points.
Keep your garage clean and dry: Garage door weatherproofing sealing strips can keep water, wind-driven rain, snow, dust, dirt and leaves from entering your garage. It will protect your garage and improve the overall look by preventing erosion from mother nature herself.
Amazing Durability: Garage door seals will be able to withstand extreme temperatures, it won’t crack, dry out, or be affected by getting wet. Therefore, investing in a good garage door seal will last you years. Garage door seals are also very versatile, they will work on concrete (the most common garage floor material), asphalt, wood, and any painted or treated surfaces.
Easy to Install: Installation will take you a matter of minutes, you may need to trim the seal to fit your garage but attaching it to your garage floor and door will be a quick and easy process that you can do yourself.
So the benefits are very clear, even if you live in a geographically boring area, it is worth the investment. With that said, let’s look at the best garage door seals.
Top Garage Door Seals
1. Universal Garage Door Threshold Seal Strip, Bottom Weather-Stripping Replacement Rubber Waterproof 20 FT Length. This garage door seal is exactly what a good garage door seal should do. It can withstand temperatures from -40 degrees to 284 degrees Fahrenheit (don’t ask me how they tested it). The garage door seal is 20 feet long and comes with a yellow safety strip for better visibility. Ready to be installed quickly onto any surface, and coming with a year long warranty, if you don’t want to read the rest of this post and just get this one, I’d understand.
2. Universal- Grey 5/16″ T-end 20′ Garage Door Bottom Weather Seal Strip. This garage door seal, made by the same company is a more basic option with slightly less flexibility, but still a good range of temperatures for durability. This one is again easy to install, comes with a 2-year warranty, and is easy to cut to fit your garage door as it is 20 feet long as well. This is a better option if you’re looking for basic weatherproofing for your garage door perhaps if you live in a temperate climate.
3. Garage Door Bottom Weather Seal. This seal comes in many options for thickness and lengths, from 10 foot to 20 foot and ¼ inch thickness to 3/8-inch thickness. This innovative design combines a U shape with an O ring with heavy-duty weatherproofing parts to offer great protection for your garage. East to cut, easy to fit, no screws or nails needed, and it will protect your garage from extreme weather, what more could you ask for? Oh, and it also acts as an insulator to keep the warm air in and cold air out, great for the winter, and great for making your garage more energy efficient.
4. Garage Door Weather Seal – Bottom Seal Bead Type. If you’re looking for a garage door seal that is more designed to keep your garage clean as well as protected, this one is for you. This black, easy to fit garage door seal comes in at 16 feet long and a very good half inch thickness. This thickness will form a tight seal with the door for a cleaner, drier, and quieter garage. This is the easiest one to install out of the whole list, so if you’re looking for convenience, this is the garage door seal for you.
5. UASAM Garage Door Bottom Seal 8 feet Garage Weather Seal. Now this fifth and final garage door seal is simply no joke. Designed for bigger garages, perhaps commercial/industrial, or if you want the maximum weatherproofing money can buy, this one is for you. You’re going to get what you’ve paid for with this one, it offers protection against all kinds of materials and weather. This garage door seal is made from marine grade, flexible Eco-friendly PVC with an integrated yellow safety strip. This seal is the toughest on the market, coming with anti-slip ridges for increased safety as well. Finally, it is supplied with black adhesive for your convenience. I’ve saved the best until last here, this option is the best for maximum protection.
How to get the most out of your Garage Door Seal
Garage door seals are great, but you need to use them in conjunction with other types of weatherproofing or insulation to get the most out of them. For instance, using a garage door insulation kit is a good idea if you want maximum protection against the elements. I have a post on the best garage door insulation kits here if you want to check them out.
The installation of a garage door seal is unbelievably simple. Just use adhesive, it will usually come with the seal, and make sure you’ve trimmed it to fit your garage door. Most seals come in the size of 16 feet or 20 feet, so assuming you won’t need all of that, I’d suggest cutting it to fit your garage and saving the rest for when you might need to replace the seal.
Finally, there isn’t much to garage door seals, however, I’d personally suggest buying a seal with the yellow safety strip or adding one yourself especially if you’re planning to use/be in your garage when it’s dark and/or if you have children running about. Tripping on a hard, usually concrete floor is something I definitely try to avoid, garage door seals shouldn’t be the reason for an injury, make sure you securely attach it to the floor and be mindful, so you don’t trip and fall.
You may have found that there’s more to garage door seals than previously thought, what I’ve found over the years is that you really get what you pay for. I’ve had short and long lasting ones, I’ve been sure to find the highest quality ones in this list for your garage.
With that being said, there are many other things to consider for you garage door, such as garage door insulation, painting your garage door, or keeping your garage door secure, each of which are important in my opinion.
I hope you’ve realised how good garage door seals are for your garage and I hope you’ve found one that you like. Please share this post if you found it useful and have fun in your weatherproofed garage.