How to Install a Rubber Water Stop in Front of a Garage Door

A poorly sealed garage door can allow moisture, insects and debris to enter your garage.
Install a rubber water stop in front of a garage door to keep snow and rain outside.Install a rubber water stop in front of a garage door to keep snow and rain outside.
Gaps under the door will also make it more difficult to maintain a comfortable temperature in the garage, leading to increased energy bills. To help alleviate these problems, you can install a rubber water stop in front of a garage door in just a few minutes. Rubber stops are available in a variety of styles and colors, and come in various lengths to fit any opening.

Step 1

Open the garage door. Lay the rubber water stop on the floor between the door tracks with the ramp-side of the stop facing into the garage. Use a straightedge and utility knife to cut the rubber stop to length, if necessary.

Step 2

Lower the garage door until it makes contact with the rubber stop. Align the rubber water stop so the raised edge is against the inside of the door for the entire length of the door. Mark the floor along the edges of the stop with a pencil.

Step 3

Scrub the area between the marks with a wire brush to make it easier for the adhesive to bond to the concrete. Sweep any debris and dust away from the marked area with a broom. Use a damp mop to remove any remaining dust, being careful not to remove the pencil marks.

Step 4

Apply the included adhesive to the doorstop or concrete, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Place the rubber water stop on the floor and align it with the pencil marks.

Step 5

Lower the door until it contacts the stop. Adjust the stop until it is in the correct position and lower the door all the way to hold the stop in place. Allow the adhesive to cure for 24 hours before raising the garage door.

Things You Will Need

  • Wire brush
  • Broom
  • Mop
  • Pencil
  • Utility knife
  • Straightedge

About the Author

David Young has written for the website for the Save Darfur Coalition and is currently writing articles for various other websites. Young holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Western Carolina University.