Now that you’ve locked down the right type of garage door bottom seal for your unique application, it’s time to get down to replacement. As with most improvement projects, preparation is everything.
No matter what kind of replacement garage door seal you’re installing, always make sure to clean the area really well to get the best fit for your new seal. With thresholds, pay special attention to your garage floor, making sure it’s free of grease, dust, or other debris that could interfere with the adhesion process.
For replacing the bottom seal on steel garage doors, you can follow a pretty straightforward process:
- Raise the garage door to a comfortable level but usually not all the way so that you have room to work.
- Untuck one end of the old garage seal and remove by sliding it out of the track to one side. If the seal or retainers are damaged, this process is a bit more difficult and you may need pliers.
- Put the new rubber seal onto the outside of the track by placing the t-tabs into their respective retainers and slowly working into place along the track.
- Once in place, give the seal a little tug to make sure it holds tight. It should never pop out if you have the right size and a high-quality garage door bottom seal.
When installed correctly, your new garage door bottom seal should provide many years of useful life.