Buying a garage door? Think insulation.

There are seemingly endless options through which homeowners must navigate when buying a new garage door: the style, materials, and accessories, just to name a few. But perhaps the most important feature that should top the garage door consumer’s list is energy efficiency.

Why? Because the garage door is generally the largest moving object in your home and offers the greatest exposure to the elements. An insulated garage door will maintain the temperature in your garage in the winter and in the summer and likely decrease your heating and cooling costs. Insulated garage doors not only make the garage itself more comfortable to be in, but also the rooms adjacent to or above the garage. A well-insulated garage also helps keep moisture out, and its sturdy construction offers a greater noise-reducing sound barrier.

What should consumers look for in an energy efficient garage door? For starters, check out the R-value. R-value is a measure of thermal resistance to heat flow and is how most manufacturers show the energy efficiency of their product. The higher the R-value of a door, the more insulation you’ll get. Second, look at the door’s construction. Well-insulated doors will have a “triple-layer” construction, consisting of environmentally safe polystyrene or polyurethane thermal insulation between two layers of heavy-duty steel. Some insulated garage doors also include a thermal break which is a nonconductive material within the door that keeps thermal energy from passing through, resulting in improved energy efficiency for the home.

ImageWell-insulated garage doors should be able to stand up to the most extreme of conditions while simultaneously protecting your garage and the rest of your home. For example, the Heritage 3000 door by Amarr was installed at Mawson Station, a science facility in Antarctica, in 2007. The garage door continues to withstand years of exposure to 100 mph blasts of wind and snow.

Whether your garage door withstands heat, wind, snow, rain, or all of the above, it’s the largest line of defense for your home. Make sure that it’s working hard for you by reducing your home’s energy consumption and providing strong, durable protection from the outside. Your utility bills – and the rest of your (climate-controlled) house will thank you.

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Amarr is one of the world’s leading brands of garage doors for residential garages, warehouses, commercial buildings, shopping malls and other commercial applications.
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3 Responses to Buying a garage door? Think insulation.

  1. Jabad Khan says:

    This is one awesome blog post.Really thank you!
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  2. Mike says:

    Garage doors that aren’t insulated aren’t doing your home any favors! Great post….Glad I’m not the only one that thinks about this!

  3. I agree with Mike, Although in Australia a garage door is no included as a part of the energy star rating we have here (yet), It’s still a great idea to insulate as your going to gain some serious advantages. Especially if our government chooses to change the fact that a garage can now be habitable with insulation.

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