4 Reasons Why Insulated Garage Doors Are Better for Your Home
At some point in the life of your home, your garage door is going to need a replacement. Why not replace it with a door that will help insulate and even increase the value of your home? It is an easy way to update your property, and studies show that homeowners recoup an average of 70 percent of the cost of a new garage door upon selling the house.
Here are the main reasons why an insulated garage door makes sense.
Energy Efficiency Means Money Savings
Most people don’t think that a garage door can be energy efficient because many older homes have a garage separate from the house.
Today, the majority of homes have some sort of attached garage, and so is therefore a part of the home. Since garages are not considered living space, insulation is often overlooked, thereby allowing frigidly cold air or sweltering hot air into the adjoining rooms.
Having an insulated door acts as a buffer between the outside and the rest of your house. It will trap the heat, keeping the cold outside, (or vice versa, depending on the season) while increasing the efficiency of the entire home.
Durability of Insulated Garage Doors
Garage doors that are insulated are not constructed like single layer doors. Solid-core insulation is used inside the frame and most commonly surrounded by dual steel panels. Insulated doors can be double or triple layered, with a vinyl or polyurethane foam inner layer.
This ensures an energy-efficient door that is also lightweight and less likely to get damaged. Single panel doors are much more prone to damage by cars and other heavy equipment stored in the garage.
The added durability increases the lifespan of your garage door, as it’s also better protected by weather related damage from the outside.
Have a look at one of the doors we sell from Northwest Door. Their Therma Classic Door is an insulated garage door.
Noise Reduction from the Inside and the Outside
Nobody likes excessive noise from the outside filtering into their house. Having an insulated garage door as opposed to an uninsulated one can aid in that, as it tends to block out most noise, just as a modern front door does. Also, an insulated garage doors dampen the vibration noise as it opens and closes.
Garage doors themselves will make some noise as you open and close them, and rooms directly above or next to the garage will notice it most. Regularly inspect the track mechanism, and check for loose chains, worn down rollers and unlubricated hinges or springs.
These can all contribute to a noisy garage door. Your garage door’s track system should be lubricated twice a year.
Warmer When You Need it and Cooler When it Counts
An insulated garage door can allow you to turn your garage into another room in your house, if you so choose. Whether it is to add a bedroom, or to use as a workshop, office or studio space, if the garage is insulated, it can be heated inside, just as any other room.
In addition to an insulated garage door, garage walls in general are not insulated. Identify the areas that are losing the most heat in your garage. Caulk any gaps between the foundation and the frame of the house, and add rolled insulation to exposed-frame walls, or blow foam insulation to walls that are already finished.
Think you’re ready for an insulated door? A quick phone call to Ex-Cello Door can help you make your decision. We can help you pick the door model that will suit your home.
Have a look at our residential garage doors on our website.