Insulated Garage Doors or Non-Insulated Doors?08/01/2015 Back To Blog
What garage door manufacturers try to do is puzzle us more! They recently talk about insulated doors and their great effects and then go ahead and confuse us again with r-value effectiveness and different insulation materials. We end up with a headache and come back empty handed when are out there searching for a new aluminum overhead door. The only way to make our life easier and take the right decisions is to get a good professional opinion at Garage Door Repair San Pablo before having the final say. No one knows better than you about your own needs and what's left in your pocket.
Confused about insulated door effects?
Insulated garage door installation doesn't come cheap. The final cost will depend on the size of the door and its material but also by the insulation material you choose, r-value and the installation work. Is it worth the while? Despite the confusion and disagreements, insulated doors do not seem to be such a bad idea after all. As long as you have a garage attached to your house, it might be a great idea. For those spending time playing chess in the garage, insulated doors will change their life. No more need to drag a blanket with you during the cold winter nights when you want to escape from the kids! No more sweating in the summer when the kids insist on you fixing their bikes now!
The benefits of insulated doors
Time to clear our heads! Let's find out what the benefits of having an insulated overhead door are! They certainly make a great difference to the indoor temperatures (why should get them if they wouldn't in the first place!). If it's cold, your house will be protected by these chilly drafts that make your bones aching. If it's hot, you will finally breathe and won't have the summer heat pressing against your chest. If you are using air conditioning, you might not need it anymore or at least you won't have it turned on for long. That brings us to the next advantage of insulated garage doors which is related to your pocket. You might pay something extra to get the door now, but the bills will go down (when we say energy efficient doors, we mean it). Another benefit is their durability. Since the insulation foam is injected between sheets of metal, the sandwiched panels will be extra strong (good for break-in avoidance and strong winds, too).
Get the right insulation materials
When it comes to r-value and different foams, there is still confusion. Many manufacturers use polystyrene insulation, but plenty argue that polyurethane is much better. Basically, it will depend on your needs. The benefit of polyurethane is that it is injected in the door's cavity and is spread at all parts. So, the insulation results are better let alone that the r-value can be higher. Although r-value should be around 10-12, don't make the mistake to believe that r-16 doors will offer double energy efficiency than r-8 doors. It will be higher but no double! At bottom line what matters is that regardless of your choice, your new sectional doors will have plenty to offer!