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In early 2018 a severe cold snap affected most of Europe with unprecedented low temperatures that even led to buildings being damaged. What’s more America has seen some of the strongest hurricanes in history in the last few months that have had catastrophic effects.
Such weather events can wreak havoc on our domestic and commercial garages, particularly those lacking any effective countermeasures. So, here’s what you need to know to get your garage up to scratch and weatherproof before the worst of the weather returns.
Inspect for Cracks
Cracks in the walls and facades of your garage can let moisture in and be a sign that your foundations have been compromised. Wind and rain will only make these worse, so you should try to patch these and for any deeper fissures call in professional help to repair the structural integrity of your garage.
Clear the Drainage
Heavy rainfall or melting snow can overwhelm any drainage that isn’t effectively cleared leading to potential flooding. What you need to do is scoop out any blockages and install additional guttering along roof edges that includes downpipes into the nearest drainage outlet. This will help avoid surface water from pooling on or around your garage.
Fit Effective Seals
Your garage doors and windows might not be as effectively sealed as the equivalents on your home, but you can invest in weather seals and draught excluders that stop moisture and the wind from getting in.
Brace your Garage Doors
These seals aren’t effective against very strong winds though, so you can also buy bracing kits designed specifically for garage doors. These fit smartly across the door in a grid formation and stop it from buckling or bending when it’s being pummelled by gales or storms.
Secure the Interiors
It’s not just about the outside of your garage, if the wind and rain get in it could damage the items and equipment you have inside. What you can do is secure any larger tool chests or work benches to the external walls to stop them shifting. Also, you might want to invest in more sturdy and protective storage for your tools and equipment to keep them extra secure.
While no one can predict extreme weather with the above in place you’ll at least be a little more at ease that your garage is protected. So, if you have any concerns all you need to do is get your tools out and get to work.