If you have an older door or if it’s time to upgrade your door, you might be wondering if you need to get an insulated door. Our team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair put together this guide to show you how an insulated door can save you money.
Benefits of Insulated Doors
There are many benefits of insulating your garage door. Here are a few things to consider.
1. Lower Your Energy Bills
Having an insulated garage door will keep your garage at a more consistent temperature even when it’s cold or hot outside. What many don’t realize is that an insulated garage door will also affect the temperature inside your home. An insulated garage door will keep your garage about 10-20 degrees colder or warmer than a door that’s not insulated.
Your garage acts as a buffer zone to the rest of your home. When you’re better able to regulate the temperature in your garage then you’ll spend less money heating or cooling those rooms that are adjacent to your garage.
2. They Are Stronger
Newer doors are constructed with different grades of insulation in between the frame panels. Whereas older doors are just a frame with thin sheets of steel attached or sometimes thin sheets of wood. You can see how an insulated door is more resistant to dents or damage.
If you live in a high wind prone area, then you’ll also want a reinforced door which has even more insulation. These doors are able to hold up under the pressure of high winds and protect your home from flying projectiles.
3. Blocks Out Noise
Insulated doors are constructed with a tighter design which means less movement and vibration from the door panels. Also, an insulated door is going to be more effective at blocking out the noise coming from outside your garage. If you plan to convert your garage to a workspace or an office, then installing an insulated door is a must to cut down on the noise level.
4. Greater Protection
If you live in a colder climate then insulating your door will protect your car and the things you store in your garage. Extremes in cold can harm your car and cause problems such as loss of air in tires and shorter battery life. An insulated door will also keep your garage warmer to protect paints, chemicals, and tools that you store in your garage.
An insulated door also makes it so you don’t have to walk out into the freezing cold to get to your car. This also means the inside of your car will be warmer and you won’t have to let it warm up for 10 minutes before you can drive anywhere.
R-Values Determine How Insulated Your Door Is
Most garage door manufacturers use R-values to describe the level of insulation in the door. Doors are measured in the center of the panel where the insulation is thickest and come in the following R-values:
- R-8: 90% reduction
- R-12: 93% reduction
- R-16: 95% reduction
- R-20: 96% reduction
- R-32: 97% reduction
These values measure the reduction in heat flow. We can help you pick out the right insulation level for your garage door needs.
Call Us Today for Help
If you’re converting your garage to a workspace or if you’ve decided to make the change to a more energy-efficient door then we can help you out. Our team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair would be happy to see which insulation grade will work best for your needs. We can also help you see which doors have the insulation you need so give us a call!