Many people consider their garage door as a functional piece of their home’s décor. They spend time deciding on the color of the door and the style of the door. Another feature often discussed is the security of the door: what safety features does the door offer the homeowner? One of the most overlooked features is the addition of garage door insulation.
Your home’s insulation helps to regulate the temperature of the house. Insulating a garage door may seem unimportant, until you realize that it can affect the climate of the living spaces above and beside the garage. Keeping the temperature inside the garage as controlled as possible allows you to better regulate the temperature of your home. In addition, it allows you to utilize the space inside your garage more effectively.
Uninsulated garage doors can cost the homeowner money, allowing heat from the home to escape, raising electric bills. They can also fail to keep heat out of the home, increasing the cost of cooling.
Garage door insulation is rated on an R-value. R-value is a measure of heat flow to thermal resistance. The higher the R-value, the more effective the level of insulation. R-values range from R2 to R32. The values are based on the chemical properties of the insulation, as well as the thickness of the insulation.
There are a variety of insulation methods available for your garage door. Your decision may be based on the climate where you live, the needs you have for your garage and the type of door that you have on your garage.
Polyurethane is at the high end of garage door insulation, both in performance and cost. With high R-values (ratings range from 10 – 17.5), doors insulated with polyurethane offer increased stability and strength. This form of insulation is bonded directly to the door, reducing shaking and vibrations during opening and closing, as well as providing excellent weather resistance.
A less expensive option for garage door insulation is polystyrene. Cut into sheets, this form of insulation is easy to install and provides a good value for consumers. Available in a variety of thicknesses, homeowners who are concerned about spacing and who need every inch to fit their car inside the garage can choose an insulation with less thickness.
Similar to the insulation used in attics, these panels are covered in glossy vinyl. In most cases, the panels fit into the garage door with hooks, making installation quick and easy. Cost effective, the fiberglass panels add a moderate amount of insulation to garage doors.
Solid panels are installed in each section of the garage door, which are injected with spray foam. The foam adheres to both the interior and exterior of the door. The installation process is complicated, making this one of the least used methods of insulation, but it remains one of the most effective.
Depending on the insulation method that you choose, the cost can vary. Many homeowners attempt to do this home improvement project as a DIY, while others hire a contractor to handle the job. Homeowners who are installing a new garage door may elect to have their door insulated during the installation process. For budget-conscious homeowners, having insulation added to an existing garage door by professional garage door installers is the smartest option.
To determine the cost effectiveness of an insulated garage door, it is important to weigh the initial costs of the insulation against the potential long-term cost savings. Added insulation will reduce your future energy bills, which will more than cover the cost of the insulation. In garages that are used for more than storage, the added comfort level will be worth the investment.
Insulation can add stability and strength to garage doors. An insulated door can reduce outside noise, as well as add temperature control to your garage. It can reduce electricity costs, minimize heat or air loss and create a comfortable environment inside the garage.
Have questions about your garage door insulation, need a new door opener or are you in the market for a new garage door? A Garage Door Service is happy to help. We’ll answer any questions you may have and ensure that you get the right door, insulation, and service to meet your needs and budget.
Replacing a garage door can be a major expense. Contact A Garage Door Service at (940) 343-7537 today to find out our cost-saving options to insulate your current door, rather than replacing it with a new one. The experts at A Garage Door Service will evaluate your needs and provide you with an estimate based on your insulation requirements.