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Old 01-25-2011, 12:37 PM   #1
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How do I deal with the frost on the inside of my garage door, and windows

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Ayuh,... Wait for the weather to warm up.....

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You have not mentioned as to weather or not the door is insulated. If it is not then I would insulate the door. You can get kits to do a retro insulation of the door.If it is then probably your best bet would be to heat the garage with a baseboard heater, make sure the space around it is not cluttered or any flammables nearby.
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There is excessive moisture in the garage. Find and eliminate the source.
Maybe dryer vent? Bath vent?
Any openings in the walls and /or ceilings? Close them up.
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Buy Ron lunch. Moisture on the garage door, with the interior of the garage, being warmer than the outside temps, will cause the moisture to reach it's "dew point". At this dew point, the moisture in the air will start to condense on any surface which is colder than the interior temp. This is why my sister and hubby run an pedestal type, oscillating fan on the inside of their twelve-foot (12 ft.) wide garage door in the colder winter months. Just this little $20 fan will move enough air to prevent this from happening. At least for them.
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I am running into this issue as well. New house in August, insulated garage, ceiling and walls as well as the door and there is some frost at the bottom of the door (I don't think the door is sealed well enough--have an email into the contractor right now). We have one aluminum window the is double-pane low e efficient but gets a major amount of ice on it as the temperature dips.

What can be done to correct this? Do we add a heater to the garage? Would a fan blowing around air really alleviate this? The contractor suggested putting a coating on the metal .. http://www.dxengineering.com/Parts.a...No=PLD-11609-6

Hoping you smarties out there have an easy solution
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new house with aluminum windows
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I am running into this issue as well. New house in August, insulated garage, ceiling and walls as well as the door and there is some frost at the bottom of the door (I don't think the door is sealed well enough--have an email into the contractor right now). We have one aluminum window the is double-pane low e efficient but gets a major amount of ice on it as the temperature dips.

What can be done to correct this? Do we add a heater to the garage? Would a fan blowing around air really alleviate this? The contractor suggested putting a coating on the metal .. http://www.dxengineering.com/Parts.a...No=PLD-11609-6

Hoping you smarties out there have an easy solution
Thanks,
Heather J
Did you look for air leaks from the house into the garage?
Are the windows in the garage door?
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There isn't any real leaks into the garage besides the metal service door. Yes, there is a 2 ft x 8 ft aluminum double panel, low e window located 6 feet off the floor that lets a ton of light in.


***The service door goes into the house and can't be accessed from the outside--forgot to add that****

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the garage is going to be wet. you are driving slush covered vehicles inside.

poorly insulated garage doors and windows will be cold spots. you can either waste lots of money insulating and heating your garage more or you can live with it.

or you can keep you garage colder and better vented so the humidity doesn't build up.

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There isn't any real leaks into the garage besides the metal service door. Yes, there is a 2 ft x 8 ft aluminum double panel, low e window located 6 feet off the floor that lets a ton of light in.
Post some photos of the wall and ceiling sufaces.
What sort on insulation do you have in the walls and ceiling?
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Hi Ron,
I've been trying to post some pictures but to no avail. I just tried to send a private message with a photo to you but I got a message that I haven't posted enough so I don't have enough privileges...ugh

The insulation in the garage is the two walls that touch the interior are spray foamed and the two "exterior" walls are R-19 as well as the ceiling. We did that ourselves. The ceiling is only 16 inches deep because it's a flat roof so basically TJIs. We've had some garage door issues with it not being tight up against the frame so they've come back some to fix that but not perfect yet. The frost, or should I say ice, that formed on the window at the bottom during our cold spells is like an inch thick.
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Forrseth--thanks for the reply. I understand that it will be wet and messy in the garage, my concern lies in the consistent ice on the window and then as the temp goes up 5 or 10 degrees, the drywall edge because all water as well as the surrounding drywall. Eventually this is going to turn to mush and I would assume, we would have a mold issue. I am wishing now we would have had radiant tubes put in the floor to heat the garage a little (we have it in our house) but the GC was going to charge us 3k...we have found out since that the radiant heat guy was only charging 1500......
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Seems to me that these are your issues, water on the floors from vehicle, moisture on the inside of the framing around the bottom and sides of the garage door as well as the window. So in order to correct your situation, you will need to either stop the moisture from entering your garage ( sealing all around your garage door, and possibly your window as well) and/or removing the moisture within by either heating or a combination of heat and air movement. I did have a moisture problem in my double garage, but have since installed new seals on the bottom of both doors, as well as add seals to the exterior of the doors ( got them from Home Depot, the good ones) Since I use my garage as a work shop I do not drive wet vehicles in my garage, so that lessons my moisture chances entering. I have also added a heater to my garage ( shop) and now have No problems. Oh yeah I have also insulated the ceiling with blown in insulation and venting as there is no living space above my garage. I have found that I do not have to have the heat on much to raise the temperature to a comfortable level to work in. You might also look to make sure the seal on the man door is good as well. I had to make sure my seals on my garage doors were good as they are located on the south facing side of my house where the wind tends to blow mainly towards my doors. Another cheap fix on your window would be a window film kit that shrinks the film tight, it might be that your window is letting in excessive wind and moisture.
I think I have covered most things I can think of, hope this helps
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well, you are right to worry about the drywall. its probably shot already.

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