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 The pros and cons of insulated vs. non-insulated garage doors

Apr 14

Insulation is one of the most frequently asked questions when looking for a garage door. This is everything you need before making a purchase.

UNDERSTANDING RVALUE AND STC RATINGS

The Rvalue measure the thermal efficiency of your garage doors. This is how well it blocks cold and hot air from entering your house. The greater the insulation power, the higher the R value.

STC ratings are a measure of the garage door's ability to resist the passage of soundborne particles. Higher STC ratings are associated with higher R-values. The material that blocks sound is more effective if it has a higher STC rating.

Types of INSULATING MATERIALS

Polystyrene

Polystyrene, which is the less expensive option of both, is a popular choice for homeowners who are looking for basic insulation and good value.

Polyurethane

Polyurethane can be more expensive than polystyrene, but its higher density makes it an excellent insulator. Polyurethane adds more durability to your door and makes it more resistant to vibrations, shaking, and other types of damage.

WHY IS INSULATED GARAGE DOORS HARDER?

You are purchasing insulated garage doors that have additional layers of steel and insulation. An insulated garage door has many benefits, even though it is more expensive. Read on to find out more.

PROS and CONS: INSULATED Vs. NON-INSULATED DOORS

An insulated garage doors are the best choice for you if you answered YES to at least two of the questions.

Insulation is especially important for attached garages because your garage shares at most one wall with your home. Badly insulated garage doors will let cold or hot outside air in to your garage and your home. In turn, this will cause you to spend more on heating and cooling. An insulated garage door is a better option if you have a bedroom and your garage has a wall. It will be quieter to use.

An insulated garage door is a great option if you have pets or want to keep it warm. You will be able to store your personal belongings, especially cars, in a more stable environment. Extreme temperatures can have a negative impact on your car's fluids and battery life.

Insulation can also help with noise control. This is true if you use power tools or play loud music. Insulation will make your neighbors happy if it muffles the noise in their garage.

Request a quote on your new insulated garage doors.

IMPORTANT

You may not have to spend extra on an insulated garage doors if you answered NO to more than three of the questions.

You probably don't need to worry about temperature inside your detached garage. You can also keep outside noise and temperatures out of your home via your garage.

If you live in an area that has a mild climate year round, an insulated garage door could be a cheaper option. The outside elements won't have an impact on indoor temperatures.

You should also consider how often your garage door is opened and closed throughout the day. Your home's thermal envelope gets damaged every time your garage door opens. Insulation won't be of much use if the garage door is frequently being opened or left open for extended periods.

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153 Oak Knoll Drive
Hubbard, Ohio 44425
(330) 240-6369