If you want to make your home more energy efficient and green, then your garage is an important place to get updated. No matter what green-tech you outfit on the inside of your home, an uninsulated or poorly insulated garage is always going to be a drag on your energy bill.
Think about it! Homes with an attached garage are having their temperature affected by whatever temperature the garage is. For this reason, it’s important to get a handle on your garage door’s insulation, so that you can have a greener and happier home.
The first thing you need to know about garage door insulation is that every garage door has something called an R-value. An R-value is a specific number that is determined by combining the R-value of the external material of your garage door, as well as the material on the inside that is being used for insulation.
Different materials have a different effect on your garage’s energy efficiency. Sometimes, people are willing to suffer a lower R-value for the aesthetic effect that the garage door will have on their house. Here are some different garage materials and how their affect your energy efficiency:
- Aluminum: Aluminum is a light and cheap garage door material, but it isn’t good at insulation due to the fact that it isn’t very dense.
- Wood: Wooden garage doors are usually well-designed and aesthetically beautiful. However, they wear down more quickly than other types of garage doors, and are thusly not terrific for energy rating. Composite wood options can combine the aesthetic value of wood with a higher R-value for energy efficiency.
- Steel: Steel garage doors are heavy and durable, due to the high density of steel. Low-gauge steel doors are thick, and provide a decent amount of insulation. On top of that, steel doors are highly durable.
- Polyurethane: Polyurethane is a foam material that you can use to fill the inside of your garage door to increase its R-value. Polyurethane can add nearly 20 points of R-value to your garage door, which is a sizeable amount.
Get your garage energy efficiency checked today!
If you have any questions about your garage door’s R-value or how you can make your garage more energy efficient, don’t hesitate to contact the experienced team at A Plus Garage Doors, today. We work hard to serve the people of Utah with all their garage door needs.