The short answer? YES. The REAL question is how.
The garage door: One of the easiest ways to get large items into your home. Also one of the best places to park your car. That leads to it being one of the most commonly used entrances in most homes. So what happens if you have an uninsulated garage door? If your internal walls are not as insulated as they could be, this could be severely impacting the energy efficiency of your home, and of your utility bills.
Other concerns include garage-installed water heaters, water softeners, solar-pre-heaters, or well pressure tanks and other exposed water-based piping. If the temperature drops below freezing outside, an insulated door could mean the difference between cold and freezing inside. Something that could lead to thousands of dollars in very costly repairs.
Let us look at some of the benefits of installing an insulated garage door.
Insulated garage doors are one of the best ways to reduce heat loss. It will also be easier to heat the garage back to its normal temperature after the door has been opened and closed. Keeping the outside temperatures out and the inside temperatures in can drastically help your HVAC system do its job since cold air isn’t being mixed with outdoor humidity in the summer and hot air isn’t leaking out in the winter.
Insulated garage doors can provide a temperature differential of around ten degrees, sometimes more, depending on how the garage itself is insulated. While ten degrees does not sound like much, it can be the difference between cold air temperatures, and freezing air temperatures which are a danger to uninsulated water pipes which can be found in many garages. Burst pipes can cause severe water damage to walls, basements, or even increase your water bill or electric bill in the case of wells.
Single layer, insulation-free garage doors tend to rattle when in operation. They also tend to dent which also leads to rust. Objects striking the door, such as a basketball, will make a loud noise which can be disturbing within the house. A three-layer construction door will not be as loud-leaving most impacts only having a dull thud. The extra layers give the door more strength which in turn makes it more resistant to dents and rust. The general operation of the door is also much quieter.
There are three common types of garage door constructions. One, two, and three-layer. As one would guess, the more layers, the more efficient the garage door will be. And the more costly, obviously since there is more material to consider. However, don’t let the extra cost deter you—we often spend just a little more money to get much higher quality equipment. The difference in savings between the doors can be quite monumental in the long run, making choosing the right garage door a great investment.
If you need more information regarding the differences, feel free to contact AGS – A Garage Door Service at (940) 343-7537. We would be more than happy to help you choose the perfect insulated garage door for your home.
1-Layer Construction : A single layer of steel with no insulation whatsoever. The cheapest type, but also the least efficient, least durable, and loudest.
2-Layer Construction : A single layer of steel, a layer of polyurethane insulation, then a layer of vinyl to secure the insulation. – A middle-ground construction that balances cheaper construction with some of the benefits of a 3-Layer door.
3-Layer Construction : A layer of polystyrene insulation sandwiched between two sheets of steel – Best for thermal efficiency, durability, and sound deadening.
Polystyrene: Polystyrene is a synthetic hydrocarbon polymer which can be solid or foamed and usually used to make styrofoam coolers. It has a low-cost resin per unit weight and is readily available in any size at most home improvement stores.
Polyurethane: Polyurethane is a lightweight polymer with superior insulating properties. They conserve energy better than polystyrene with the cost only being marginally higher..
Polyurethane is sprayed into the panels creating a perfect “glove-like” fit, unlike polystyrene sheets which are just blocks of foam that have gaps and air pockets. Comparing the two at equivalent thicknesses, polyurethane has a higher thermal insulation factor at R‑16 polystyrene. Also, since polyurethane is sprayed into the panels, it strongly adheres to surfaces providing up to twice as much resistance to flexion as polystyrene in a similar installation configuration.
Garage doors are classified by their insulation rating, or R-Value. The higher the number, the better its resistance to heat transfer. Garage doors typical range from R-8 on the low quality side, to R-32 at the high quality side. The most commonly purchased doors range around R-16, which is close to the home’s usual R-Value. While shopping for garage doors, you will see different numbers which measure the garage door’s effectiveness at mitigating energy loss.
Here is a list of the differences between the two most commonly used values for differentiating insulation efficiency.
R-Value: The R-value of a garage door is its ability to slow the transmission of heat. The higher the R-value the slower heat transfers through it. That means less heat getting in during the summer, and less cold getting in during the winter. Both things we all want.
U-Factor: U-factor, while not used as frequently as R-Value, is yet another number one may see when shopping for a garage door. U-Factor is the flow of heat through a material. So the lower the better. Most companies will focus on the R-Value as the U-Factor is not used across all manufacturing companies.