Why Choose Insulated Garage Doors11/03/2013 Back To Blog
When you are considering options for garage door systems, there can be a number of choices. One of these choices, which are often overlooked, is whether to choose an overhead door with insulation. Insulation can affect your choice of door as some materials used, for example, in a wooden or glass garage door cannot be adequately insulated.
Why choose insulation? When garage doors are opening, the indoor temperatures are already affected by the temperatures outside. So, it's good to know that when the door is closed, your home is properly insulated, too. Many homeowners have made a conscious decision to choose windows and doors which offer insulation to prevent heat loss during the winter and keep the home cooler in the summer. Neglecting the insulation in your garage door can compromise the thermal barrier for the entire home. Having a door with insulation can minimize outdoor temperatures and may be useful to reduce noise. Though, it's also useful to install a top, side and bottom seal at the door, too.
When looking for new sectional doors, many homeowners fail to understand the relevance of an R-value. Simply put, this value is a ranking of the thermal efficiency of the door. The higher the number rating is the greater the level of insulation. If you are spending a great deal of time within the garage or it is attached to your home, you should give R-value great consideration. As an average it's best to go for about r-10 or 12 values to ensure an average price and good insulation at the same time.
Polyurethane versus polystyrene
When looking at insulation materials, you are usually given two choices. Generally, you will find the insulation material used is either polyurethane or polystyrene. Polyurethane is a form of insulation which provides a very dense finish. Polystyrene is a common material around the home; sheets of insulation are made from particles which resemble beanbag pieces. This makes an adequate insulation but it lacks the density of polyurethane. Many manufacturers are choosing to use polyurethane insulation but it is still a matter of personal preference.