Your garage can be a sanctuary for all of your outdoor equipment required for all seasons, but it is incredibly important for protecting your gear during the harsh winter weather. To prepare your garage to survive this winter season, check out this list to be sure you have everything you need.
1. Garage Floor Mats
Safety in your garage is the number one way you will survive the winter, and having a non-slip garage floor mat is just the thing to save you from falls and protect your floor from deterioration. A proper floor mat will not only reduce damage to your concrete floor from road salts and melting ice, but will also prevent pools of fluids and water from accumulating which can be a slipping hazard.
First, consider your local weather to determine the best floor mat for your garage. If you live in a high snowfall area that often leaves your wheel wells caked with ice, salt, and debris, a containment mat designed to hold gallons of water is the best choice. For light snow and rain locations, consider a fabric or ribbed garage floor mat that offers protection without the capability of holding large quantities of water.
2. Snow Removal and Protection Gear
When flakes are in the forecast, snow removal gear is essential for keeping your driveway and walkways clear and hazard-free. Equipment that you may need to store in your garage for efficient snow removal is:
- Snow Shovel
- Snow Blower
- Winter Wear: Boots, Hat, Gloves, Coveralls
The concrete isn’t the only thing needing snow removal and protection. Your car may also require additional items during the winter months to keep it operating effectively:
- Windshield Scraper/Brush
- Jumper Cables
- Additional Washer Fluid
3. Shelving and Storage
With so many things necessary to protect your home and car from the cold and snowy temperatures, having an abundance of shelving and storage to keep your items is vital to keeping your garage organized and clutter-free.
Flow Wall has all the shelving, cupboards, and storage containers you need to accommodate your winter gear. Hard Bins can be used to store bags of salt and de-icer, cabinets for holding antifreeze, and their assortment of hooks and brackets are perfect for hanging snow shovels and even other winter toys like sleds and skis.
4. Secure Garage Door
If your garage is attached to your home, not having a secure and properly latched garage door can be costing you on your monthly heating bill. To be fully prepared for winter, you want to have a warm, well-insulated garage door that latches completely.
Replace and repair old weatherstripping; cold drafts could be sneaking in through cracked or missing weatherstripping. Adding insulation to your garage walls and even in recesses of your garage door can help protect your garage from the elements. Install a garage door latch with a locking mechanism to ward off potential burglaries when you’re away for the holidays.
5. Garage Heater
If you often spend time working in your garage or in the event of having to make car repairs in the dead of winter, you may want to invest in a garage heater. Electric heating units are easiest to install, but can be costly. Gas-fired heating units are usually cheaper, but much more difficult to install due to requiring a gas supply and exhaust venting.
Consider how often you will need to use heat which can help you determine if gas, electric, or a combination will be the best choice for your garage.
Don’t risk your safety this winter by ensuring you have a protective floor covering and enough space in your garage for all the snow season necessities.