New Scientist has a new report which shows that the country door seal is not the biggest problem we have with our garage doors.
In fact, the report claims the country seal actually protects the garage door from moisture, dust and mildew.
But how does it work?
And how do you know if you’re getting the seal that is right for you?
We decided to do some research to find out.
The report looked at the seal in the UK and found that the UK garage door seals were actually quite good at keeping out moisture and mildews, and also contained bacteria.
“This makes it quite surprising that it’s the UK that has the biggest number of problems,” said Simon Loughton, from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), which funded the research.
“The UK has a reputation as a country that loves its garage doors, but there’s really been a lot of research in recent years that shows the door seal really does have a role in keeping out some of the worst things that could happen to a garage door,” he said.
So what’s the problem?
The problem is that the seal doesn’t work like a natural seal, says LoughTON.
“In fact, it’s a product of the factory,” he says.
“The factory, where it’s made, gets it from a different source than the consumer, which means that it is not manufactured in the same way as natural seal.”
“And what this means is that you’re looking at an inferior product and you’re buying into a product that’s inferior to natural seal,” he continued.
So does this mean the country-door seal is no longer needed?
Not necessarily, says the report.
“But if you really want a great seal you need to look at an alternative product,” LoughINGTON said.
“And that alternative product is not only better, it can actually be better than the product you’re currently using.”
But that’s not the only problem with the country, according to the report’s authors.
“There’s also the question of whether it’s going to protect the door from mould, fungus and mildeew,” said LoughTons.
“It also does not protect against water, and if you get it wet, it gets really watery.
And if you have a door seal that has water in it it’s very hard to remove it.”
In the UK, there are many different products available to buy that do both seal and keep out moisture, mildew and mould.
But Loughtons report also found that only one product was rated as a ‘good’ seal and a ‘bad’ seal.
This is the Country Door Seal.
The UK’s garage door is a very important part of our lifestyle, says Mark Haines, from RSPCA Scotland.
“Our garage doors are really important because we need to be able to drive on the grassy knoll in front of our house, and then go into our garage, and not have to go back and clean it, and just have our garage door ready to go,” he explained.
“We also need our garage to be clean and well ventilated, and it’s important that people don’t take it out in the rain, or on a hot day.”
“If you look at the products that people have come up with, it seems to be a really good product.
It seems to seal well, it works very well, and the factory is very good at it.”
But what’s not so good is the product that they’re selling,” he added.”
They’re advertising that it will protect against mildew, but it actually does the opposite.
And that’s what we need. “
We need to buy the seal we need from a factory that’s got a really high standard of manufacturing and quality, and we need good manufacturers to be around and have the capacity to make the products,” he concluded.
And that’s what we need.
So how do we know if our garage has a good or bad door seal?
We went to the UK’s National Institute of Standards and Technology to ask.
It turns out that our garage seal does actually protect the garage from mildew – and that it works quite well.
“I can’t think of any garage door that is more effective in keeping moisture out than our country door,” says Dr Andrew Fournier, from NIST.
But is it good?
It’s the product’s rating that tells us.
“It’s the quality of the seal itself that makes a difference,” says Fourniers.
“If it’s good, then you’ll be able take it off and not need to worry about it getting wet, and you’ll probably have a really nice, seal that’s going through the car, and will keep out mildew,” he continues.
“If it isn’t good, you’ll want to replace it.”
And that seal won’t last forever, either.