Today’s garage often serves as not only a parking place, but as a workshop, craft room, recreation room, storage space, and so much more. So, insulation is key. Insulated doors are no longer considered essential in only colder climates. They offer so many benefits for any home in any climate.
An insulated door is going to help create a much more comfortable environment in the garage itself and make it much cheaper to heat or cool that large room. Just a ten degree difference, warmer or cooler, can make your garage a place where you can work comfortably. In the winter, that ten degrees can mean the difference between being able to start up your car or not! But even if you only spend time in your garage walking to and from your car, insulation is a big money saver…
If your garage is attached to your home, an insulated and properly sealed door greatly reduces the transmission of heat into and out of your house. Whether you are trying to cool or heat your home, your garage door is a line of defense, and if it is not insulated, the air – and money – are leaking right out!
Some experts say that insulated garage doors make significantly less noise when they are raising and lowering. So, someone can leave the house early without everyone else waking up to hear them get the car out. Additionally, just like insulation keeps the heat in and the cold out (or vice versa), it also keeps noise out. If you live on a busy street or in a loud neighborhood, an insulated garage door is one step towards peace.
Insulation adds rigidity to the door panels, which helps them withstand certain impacts, as well as the stress of constant raising and lowering. So, an insulated garage door can be a longer lasting garage door which also saves money in the long run. Plus, you can feel more confident repeatedly throwing a baseball against it.
Okay! I’ll do it!… But How?
There are many ways to go about insulating your door and different types of insulation. Some are DIY, but of course, always feel free to call a professional. If you do decide to go it alone, here are some tips to keep in mind.
Get what is right for your door. Find something that is easy to install on your type of door and is most appropriate for your climate. For example, steel garage doors can accommodate almost any kind of insulation, but flat doors will likely want foam boards or reflective insulation.
Watch the weight. Adding insulation to a garage door adds weight, which usually isn’t a problem. It may, though strain larger doors requiring you to change the tension of your springs or replace them. That is a job best left for a professional.
Don’t forget the walls and ceiling. To get the most from your insulation, you may want to attend to your garage doors and ceiling, too. Every bit helps!