The average home today is far more energy efficient than its predecessor of 40 years ago. Energy efficient lights, double and triple-pane vinyl windows, high efficiency furnaces and more have cut the amount of energy a typical house today uses by more than 60% over the average home from 1975. That’s pretty amazing. Yet one wasteful component of the typical home’s energy profile routinely gets overlooked, even in today’s energy efficient environment: the garage door.
The Importance of Insulated Garage Doors
Engineering studies have shown that replacing a non-insulated garage door with an insulated one can reduce heat loss through the garage by more than 70%. Even if your garage is unheated that could mean a garage that’s warmer by as much as 20 degrees Fahrenheit on the coldest Colorado nights. Some of the other benefits of insulated garage doors include:
- The Warm Domino Effect - The extra warmth in your garage can have an immediate domino effect on the adjoining spaces. The amount of energy needed to heat the room or rooms above the garage can be drastically reduced and heat loss through the walls and doorways of any rooms next to the garage on the first floor can be nearly eliminated.
- No More Dead Batteries - Often in the dead of winter a car that’s been sitting overnight in a garage without insulated doors will refuse to start. That’s because it doesn’t matter if your car is outside or inside; if the temperature is essentially the same you run the risk of having a dead battery in the morning. Raising the temperature in the garage by installing an insulated garage door can eliminate the dead battery problem once and for all.
- Reduced Noise - Steel garage doors whose panels are filled with polyurethane or polystyrene insulation are quieter than non-insulated doors. The insulation does more than just provide a buffer between the cold and your garage space, it also absorbs many of the rattling sounds a door will naturally make when it’s in motion and, on top of that, it absorbs far more noise coming from the street.
- Increased Possibilities - Having an insulated garage door allows you to consider things you might have ruled out before like setting up a shop in your garage for woodworking or other projects. Whereas before you may have dismissed the idea because the garage would be too cold all winter long it may now be useable; requiring only a small space heater to bring the temperature up to a comfortable level.
- Increased Strength - An uninsulated garage door is far more susceptible to dings and dents than an insulated one. That’s because the insulation within the panel will help the door absorb shocks from baseballs, basketballs, frisbees and the like without denting. Your door will not only be more energy efficient it will also stand up to normal wear and tear that comes from having kids who play in the driveway.
Non-Insulated - R0
Polystyrene - R10
Polyurethane - R17
If you decide to replace your leaky, inefficient non-insulated garage door with an insulated steel door from A Better Garage Door remember to have proper weather seals installed as well, particularly along the bottom of the door. It’s not uncommon for a garage door to sit less than perfectly against the ground. Proper weather sealing will fill any gaps, cracks or depressions where cold air can leak in and undermine your energy conservation efforts.
On a cautionary note: You may be tempted to take on the job yourself of retrofitting your existing door with insulation in order to save a few bucks. That, however, would be inadvisable and would likely only cost you much more down road. That’s because:
- Adding insulation to an existing door increases the weight of the door substantially. This means the that lifting mechanism currently in place will likely need to be replaced. And by that we mean the whole thing. Motor, springs, cables, the lot.
- Opening up the panels of your door to add insulation is asking for problems down the line. Unless you reassemble everything to factory standards, you’re likely to experience leaking insulation and an overall loss of structural integrity.
The simple fact is you’re far better off replacing your existing door with a new insulated door that’s properly installed by garage door professionals than you are trying to retrofit your old door.
A Better Garage Door in Brighton has the Right Insulated Garage Door for Your Home
At A Better Garage Door we offer insulated steel garage doors that utilize either polyurethane or polystyrene insulation. Both will significantly reduce heat loss from your garage and by extension help keep your entire house warmer and save you money. Our polyurethane and polystyrene insulated steel doors feature:
- R-values as high as 17.19.
- 1.5" or 2" thick door sections.
- Heavy-gauge galvanized steel construction.
- A wide array of color choices and decorative options.
- Advanced tongue and groove design for optimal weather sealing.
- The ability to customize with optional Appearance Packages and Accent Planks.
Upgrading your current leaky garage door with a new, fully insulated steel door from A Better Garage Door will pay for itself in energy savings alone in just a few years; a claim no uninsulated door could ever make. A professionally installed insulated garage door will also raise the curb appeal of your home and by extension its resale value. The argument against upgrading to an insulated door mainly comes down to not spending the money. But if you don’t spend it now you’ll spend a lot more later on higher energy bills.
Bring your garage into the energy saving fold by installing energy efficient insulated steel garage doors from A Better Garage Door. Every day we help homeowners in Brighton, Westminster and beyond win the battle against wasted energy by installing these beautiful, durable doors in their homes and we can do the same for you. Call us on (303) 920-2267 to learn more about the different types of insulated doors we offer and how much they can save you on your monthly bills. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.