Garage doors come in a variety of available construction materials including vinyl, wood, and metal. However, did you know there are several types of insulated metal garage doors to choose from as well? Learn more from this introduction to metal doors from Neighborhood Garage Door Service of St. Louis, MO.
Why You Need An Insulated Metal Garage Door
There are two main reasons you’ll want to have an insulated metal garage door rather than one without insulation. First, the insulation adds a layer of soundproofing to your garage space. If you spend a lot of time in your garage, especially if you live on a busy street, this will help a lot.
Second and more importantly, an insulated garage door will do wonders for helping to regulate the temperature in your garage. This will make the space considerably more versatile as a living space if you wish to convert it as such. In addition, it will help insulate your entire house which will save you money on heating and cooling.
Metal garage doors come in one of three-layer configurations: single, double, or triple layered. The basic single-layer construction features thicker sheet metal but has no insulation whatsoever. This makes it the cheapest, but least efficient configuration to purchase.
Double-layered doors consist of the outer sheet metal backed by foam-core insulation. Triple-layered doors are composed of two layers of sheet metal sandwiched around one of two types of insulation discussed below. Obviously, the more layers your door has, the soundproofing and insulation protection the door offers. In addition, more layers means more rigidity and durability.
Garage door insulation come in one of two types: polystyrene or polyurethane. Polystyrene, aka Styrofoam, is a commonly used material that you’ll find in everything from coffee cups to packing peanuts. It comes as a light-weight board that can be cut to fit the panels of a double or triple-layered door.
Because of their double-sided nature, triple-layered doors can use both polystyrene and polyurethane. Polyurethane is a composite material that is made by combining two chemicals that expand to fill a space and then harden. Different levels of density produce differing R-factor ratings of insulation.
Is An Insulated Metal Garage Door Right For You?
The decision to get an insulated door comes down to what general purpose you have for your garage space. If you mainly use it to store items not affected by extreme temperatures, then you may not need insulation. However, if you tend to spend a lot of time in your garage, or keep sensitive items or pets in there, you probably should insulate.
Contact Us To Get Your New Door
Neighborhood Garage Door Service of St. Louis, Missouri is here for you when you decide to upgrade to an insulated metal garage door. Give us a call today and we can help you choose the very best door for your needs. We’ll set up an appointment that’s convenient for you to get you started on the process.