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The short answer to this question is that it makes a world of difference to the price, in terms of what you initially pay for the garage door and how much you’ll save on heating and cooling costs.
Many people ignore the fact that one of the first things their friends and family see is the garage door. It (the garage door) offers curb appeal in addition to making it the best way to enter your home.
When it comes to insulation, there are Several Options, including DIY insulation. You can buy a kit and insulate your currently uninsulated garage door.
However, you can also have it done by a professional, which improves the home’s energy efficiency and makes your home more comfortable.
You will also want to learn a little bit about the R-value of insulation since it makes a difference between choosing polyurethane and polystyrene, both of which are very common garage door insulation materials.
So, what difference does having an insulated garage door make? We’ll examine a couple of big ones in this article.
Improves Energy Efficiency
An insulated garage door does an excellent job of keeping heat from escaping from the garage and will prevent hot air from getting into the garage during the summer.
Moderate temperatures in the garage will reduce the amount of energy needed to cool or heat your home. All of that translates to a reduced cost of heating and cooling, which more than pays for the cost of insulation many times over in many homes.
Homeowners with an attached garage will benefit most from an insulated garage door since it will prevent the hot or cold air from escaping from the home.
However, we also strongly advise that you minimize the use of the garage during this time so that the door does not have to open and close multiple times.
Quieter On Average
On average, we’d say that insulated garage doors are quieter compared to their non-insulated counterparts. The insulation helps to add strength to the door, thus reducing instances of creaks and rattles.
Even though an insulated garage door can absorb a great deal of sound and vibration generated by its operation, you need to have a quiet track mechanism. In addition, get the tracks and related items inspected to ensure the garage door operates smoothly.
In our experience, insulated garage doors are stronger compared to their non-insulated counterparts.
The garage doors can stand up against the constant closing and opening. It is also much more dent-resistant, especially if a vehicle collides with it.
Insulated garage doors are also rust-resistant, something that plagues non-insulated garage doors.
Usually, insulated garage doors are made from steel which is then filled with insulation in between the frame. The approach ensures a long-lasting door, which can withstand sun, heat, and violent weather.
Makes Your Home More Comfortable
One of the best features of an insulated garage door and why many people choose it over others is that it makes your home environment more comfortable.
The garage, especially in the hottest parts of the United States or the colder parts, can become usable during extreme weather conditions. Insulated garage doors ensure that the garage can be used throughout the season.
Furthermore, insulation is comparatively cheap regardless of how you look at it. The amount of money you save on heating and cooling alone is enough to justify the cost, even if you’re buying a pre-insulated brand new garage door.
Insulated garage doors can also protect your vehicle. Not many people may know this, but extreme weather conditions like sub-zero temperatures and high degrees of heat can cause wear and tear to a vehicle in the garage.
If you’re able to control the temperature in the garage cost-effectively, you’re essentially also saving on vehicle repairs.
We often get asked if investing in an insulated garage door is worth it. Many people who ask this question are often on the fence about insulated garage doors because they can cost significantly more.
However, we often advise clients and anyone else that asks to buy an insulated garage door. Not only does it offer an excellent return on investment, but it lasts a very long time too. On average, a well-maintained insulated garage door can last 45% to 75% longer than a non-insulated type.
Homeowners will also save in the long term with a much higher return on investment when choosing an insulated garage door versus a non-insulated type.
That’s why there is no longer a need for you to be on the fence and choose to buy an insulated garage door!
Ran Kroynish is an experienced handyman who’s been working for Elite Garage Door & Gate Repair for 10 years. When he’s not fixing garage doors, he likes to share his repair ideas and knowledge with others.