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  1. #1
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    Default Methods for keeping garage door from freezing to the ground?

    Hey folks. Hope someone has some ideas here. My wife and I purchased a new house this last spring, so we're headed into our first winter here. I've got a garage that I'm keeping heated just above freezing to allow for the cars to melt off. With the drop in temps over the past week, I've noticed the doors are sticking to the floors when going to open them (mainly in the morning). Anyone have any ideas on how to keep them from sticking? I assume that the combination of cold on the outside with warmth inside is creating just enough moisture, for the rubber seal on the bottom of the doors to stick to the concrete. Don't want that seal to rip off, and certainly don't want to strain the garage door openers to much. Any feedback would be appreciated.

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    Does the water from the cars go into a drain or is the garage sloped so the water runs towards the door? You might have a bigger issue if it runs to the door.

    I would try some armour-all or silicone spray on the rubber on the door - I usue it on mine and it seems help. My garage drains out the door but is not heated.

    I also put some sno-melt by the door. I use the non-toxic stuff as I have 2 dogs.

    Hope this helps a little.

    MD

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    kitty litter works!!

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    Have you tried spraying the seal with pam or silicone spray?

  5. #5
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    RV anti-freeze in a "Hudson" sprayer. Spray a little (very little) on the floor every couple weeks.

    Not sure about all brands but most of it is non-toxic.

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    Thanks for the feedback. THere's no issue with water coming off the vehicles running to the door. The garage has 2 drains, and is sloped appropriately to keep water from running out the garage. I'll try a couple of your suggestions, and see where that goes.

  7. #7
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    Default Sticky garage door.

    I'm trying parafin wax, or candle wax on the concrete. Rubbed it in until there was a good "shine" on the floor. I like the silicone on the gasket idea also. The theory that more is better has to apply here. Last year my door stuck and it tore the center section off the door. Good luck, it's a never ending battle.

  8. #8
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    Just above freezing is as good as nothing. You could just as well have no heat in your garage. Crank it up to 50 and leave it there. Your vehicles will be happy and your door seals will be happy.

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    May not help with the ice on the door too much but I highly suggest a ceiling fan in a heated garage. I keep mine at 45 with the fan on high, the floor is always dry and with my ceiling height (15') it keeps the temps much more constant. Great in the summer too.

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