The garage door is an important feature. It can be an attractive focal point on the front of the home, just as the windows and front door. It also provides privacy and safety, shielding your life from the view of those outside. A garage door should be energy efficient as well as functional and attractive.
A Typical Insulated Door
Garage doors normally consist of two or three panels with insulation in between. Be sure your manufacturer is not cutting corners and has included quality insulation. Normally, the door should have a 1 inch to 2 inch paneled insulation between the panels. This diagram offered by the Overhead Door Company illustrates a typical insulated door. This particular door has a 7.31 R-value insulation in the form of a polystyrene panel.
If your existing door is lacking insulation, you don't have to settle for a cold and drafty garage. Simply go to your nearest home improvement store or lumberyard and purchase 1 inch to 2 inch thick polystyrene insulation panels. These can be attached to the inside of the garage door and covered with cardboard, or inserted between the panels if it is possible. An insulation contractor can also blow foam insulation between the panels with special equipment for a more professional appearance.
Warmth and Comfort
A garage can provide additional living space to the house, whether to pursue your favorite hobbies, create a kid's playroom, or just for organized storage. However you use your space, you want it as warm and comfortable as possible. Good insulation is the first step in achieving this, and the garage door should be insulated as well. Request free estimates from certified garage door installers, and be sure to carefully review the speculations on the door you choose.
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