Wide vinyl garage doorWe all would like to see the cost of heating and cooling our homes reduced, so we are always looking for ways to insulate our homes. The garage door is a huge element of your home that interacts with the weather every day. So, that is definitely a place to turn.

If you garage door is attached to your home, then it is likely that you use that door more often than your front door! In that case, having an insulated garage door is an excellent idea.

  • Any air in the garage can travel through the doorway to your living area, so the more you can keep the air in the garage at a reasonable temperature, the better!
  • It’s not just adjacent living areas. Air can travel through the ceiling of the garage into the floor of any rooms above. the garage. A stable temperature in the garage will reduce the fluctuation in other rooms.
  • If you use your garage as a workshop, your comfort will be a top priority. The garage will be a far more pleasant place to work if you aren’t overheating or freezing.
  • Most people may not consider that insulated doors are generally much quieter and have a more attractive interior than non-insulated doors. This can be an important a consideration, especially is the garage door is near spaces in your home where you frequently spend time.

I’m Sold… Now, What is this R-Value?

The R-value is a measure of the effectiveness of your insulation – the higher the value, the better the insulation. It is an important number to consider when purchasing a door, as you will want one that is most appropriate for both your climate and your home. For example, standard home walls have an R-value of about 11, so, you will want your garage door to have a value at least that high. To get the greatest effect, you garage door should meet or exceed the surrounding walls.

But When Would It Better to Get a Non-Insulated Door?

If your garage is not attached to your house – such as a shed – you may not need insulation. Also, if you only rarely use your garage and don’t store anything that needs to be climate controlled, you may not need insulation. Non-insulated doors are generally less expensive than insulated ones. So, if you are sure you won’t need it, it could be a good investment. Though, if you do think you need insulation, the benefits will be well worth any additional cost.

If you have any questions or want to talk about what will be best for your situation, we are always here to help!