For many families, the garage is a useful and often necessary bit of storage real estate. But in some cases, dropping temperatures can pose a problem with things like door jams and unfamiliar noises. We’ve already talked about smart ways to organize your garage for winter storage. Now, we’d like to look at one of the most essential garage winter storage tips: temperature control.

The type and level of insulation that’s padding your garage, and the garage door and windows, directly affects how well your garage can keep temperatures consistent. If your garage and garage door insulation and temperature control is less than ideal, the items you store in your garage can be adversely affected.

Your Vehicle

If it’s parked inside the garage, it’s fine, right? Not always. This is the most obvious but often overlooked item impacted by a frigid garage. The battery, fluid lines, and air pressure in your tires can be impaired if your garage is running too cool. If you live in an extreme climate, an insulated garage door with an R-value between 11 and 16 can help keep your garage at an optimal temperature for better vehicle performance—10 degrees Celsius is ideal.

TIP: A tightly fitted bottom seal on the garage door and intact weather stripping that’s not peeling or cracking can help keep snow out and insulation performing at its best.

Motorized Equipment and Tools

Just like your vehicle, snow blowers and power tools have motors that need to warm up before use—revving them up stone cold could cause stress or even take them out of commission. If you have a heated garage and an insulated garage door with an R-value of 11 or higher, these devices could be good to go with less warm-up time. But it’s still good practice to bring power tools inside for a couple of hours before use. Also, metal hand tools are not off the hook here—these can become brittle and break in extreme cold, and fluctuating temperatures could cause them to rust.

Sporting Gear

Winter sports equipment is made for cold and damp climates, so storing skis and poles, skates, hockey sticks, and sleds in the garage is fine as far as temperature goes. Be a champ and make the most of your space with smart garage organization tips for winter. But, those summer golf clubs? Bring those inside. Exposure to cold could cause the grips to harden or crack, and condensation could lead to rust.

The Cold Truth

Fact is, nearly everything stored in the garage over cold winter months is better off in a stable ambient temperature that good insulation with a decent R-Value can help provide. Without this, chilly temperatures and fluctuations can wreak havoc. Condensation in stored electronics can cause damage or corrosion, paint can degrade, household cleaners can lose their effectiveness, and canned foods can freeze, diminishing their quality. If you live with cold winters, and your garage insulation is iffy, it’s best to bring these items inside.

We can help winterize your garage with a door that’s fit for the job. Request a free quote today from any of our eight locations across Western Canada.