Why have an Insulated Garage Door?Back
Your garage door isn't just one of the first things people see when visiting your home or looking at your house, it's also an additional entryway into your home; meaning it's just one area of potential energy loss that needs to be considered.
This can lead to drafty rooms in the winter, humid and hot living areas in the summer months and a lot of money wasted on cooling and heating throughout the year. It's therefore incredibly important to make sure that your new garage doors or roller shutters are effectively insulated.
But what exactly are the benefits of having an insulated garage door?
Depending on the location and type of your garage space, an insulated garage door can provide a wide variety of benefits. While homes with attached garages may take advantage of the biggest benefits of insulating a roller shutter or garage door, even detached garage spaces can benefit from being insulated. The benefits include;
Increased energy efficiency
Probably the biggest advantage of having an insulated garage door is the additional energy efficiency benefits it provides. Put simply, an insulated garage door will keep heat from escaping in the winter and, conversely, prevent hot air from entering your garage and home in warmer months. Therefore, a moderate temperature inside your garage will reduce the amount of energy needed to heat and cool your home and reduce the heating and cooling costs for you in the process.
This is especially important when you have an attached garage. For instance, if you have an attached garage, an insulated garage door can often help prevent hot and cold air from entering areas of your homes such as high-traffic areas, rooms above the garage and hallways.
Improved door strength
An insulated garage door has more overall strength and durability than a non-insulated door. It can not only stand up to constant opening and closing but also remain more resistant to damage and dents from weather, kids, vehicles and everyday use. Alongside this, an insulated garage door or roller shutter is also more resistant to rusting that can occur in many of the non-insulated and single layer door options on the market.
Unlike other options on the market, insulated garage doors are usually made from steel frames that are filled with solid insulation in-between, making them both lightweight and sturdy.
A much quieter operation
One of the other main benefits of having an insulated garage door is the quieter and smoother operation compared to non-insulated variants. The insulation not only reduces rattles and creaks but also adds to the strength of the door at the same time. A quieter operation like this is especially beneficial if you usually use your garage door as an entryway or if there are living areas either next to or above the garage space.
While an insulated garage door or roller shutter can absorb much of the vibration and sound caused by the operation, it's still important to have the track mechanism, that includes the hinges, springs, rollers and chains, inspected by a professional if any of them are making noise.
A more comfortable home and garage space
The final benefit of having an insulated garage door is that it will make for a much more comfortable environment, in both your garage space and your home. Not only will it minimise the amount of cold drafts coming into your home from the garage, but it will also allow you to use your garage as additional living space all year round; whether it's for storage, vehicles, hobbies, crafts or just getting in and out of your home.
However, it would be advisable to insulate your walls and ceiling too if you plan on using your garage space as an additional living area.
Choosing the right insulated garage door
So you've decided to have an insulated garage door or roller shutter fitted at your home. Now you've just got to make sure you choose the most suitable one for your property! With a wide range of different insulated garage doors available to choose from, it can be difficult to find the right one that you need.
At 1st Choice Garage Doors, we have a team of friendly and experienced garage door experts ready to provide honest and impartial advice to make sure that you find the most ideal insulated roller shutter or garage door for your home. So contact us today to discuss your requirements and arrange your free property survey and no obligation quotation at your convenience.