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Adding insulation to your garage door can add comfort and reduce costs

The garage door makes a valiant effort to protect your vehicles and home from the elements, including harsh winters, pounding rain, blistering sun, and the sights and sounds of a busy street. However, most standard garage doors can only do so much. Insulation is a relatively inexpensive way to reduce energy costs and muffle street noise.

According to Home Advisor, the garage is the largest uninsulated area in most homes. The loss of heat in the winter and cool air in the summer can put a significant burden on your climate control. Insulation also provides protection from unwanted moisture, which can contribute to mold, mildew, and other forms of water damage. Additionally, insulation provides another barrier between your home and all of the little critters that want to come inside.

The process of applying insulation to a garage door is fairly straightforward, but selecting the best insulation for your needs is important. Batt insulation is a popular choice because it is capable of insulating against both moisture and air. Foam board is another popular and convenient option. Reflective insulation is great for garages that must endure an overabundance of heat. The aluminum foil covering does a terrific job of reflecting that heat.

The installation process typically involves cutting pieces of insulation to fit in the frames that surround each individual door panel. Depending on the fit, fasteners, glue, or tape can be used to secure the insulation. If you have a flat garage door, you can secure foam board or reflective insulation to the surface of your garage door.

Most insulation application projects are fairly simple. However, with larger and heavier doors, adding extra insulation can add a significant amount of weight. The extra bulk can strain the opening mechanism of your door if it is not adjusted properly to the added weight. For this reason, consulting a professional is highly recommended. You don’t want to lower your energy bill only to find that you’ve irreparably damaged the opening mechanism of your overhead door.

If you are interested in learning more about insulating your garage door, contact us at Overhead Door Company of Portland. We can answer any questions that you may have about the benefits of garage door insulation and the process of applying insulation to your garage door.