Deciding which new garage door to get can be very difficult, as there are many different options to choose from, each one with different benefits and downsides. There are also all sorts of factors that need to be considered, like weight, material, design and more. What should not be considered is whether to get an insulated garage door not. We say that this should not be a consideration because the answer is yes, unequivocally. Regardless of whether you live somewhere where winter seems to last 90% of the year or where the gods of summer have made their domain, an insulated door will be a great investment.
The Main Benefits
A properly insulated door, which means one that has a high R-value, will help you keep outside elements from affecting the inside of your garage, and subsequently your home. It will help reduce heat transfer, which translates directly into energy efficiency. In the long run, that means saving money on extra-long heating or cooling efforts, as well as on the damage resulting from additional wear and tear the HVAC unit and the air ducts will gradually incur. The only downside of an insulated door is the initial slightly higher price range, but if you consider the money that you'll be saving in the long run, that figure starts to seem minuscule and will be made up for rather quickly.
What You Can Do
You will actually have better results if you make sure the door is well sealed all around and not just insulated via its panels. Most doors today have good frames with retainers and you must make sure the door is sealed properly on all four sides. The bottom seal will require a little more attention, as it tends to wear out quicker than the rest. Weatherstripping your garage door will help you keep the indoor environment more insulated and it will also protect your stored belongings from all sorts of rough weather conditions like rain, snow, and hail.
Need Some Help?
Just give our team at Garage Door Repair Friendswood a call and we'll be more than happy to assist you with all your insulation and weatherproofing needs. Our experts can make sure your door can adequately protect your indoor environment and help you maintain your desired temperature more easily.