How to Choose a Garage Door for Thermal Efficiency

How to Choose a Garage Door for Thermal Efficiency

Did you know that having a well-insulated garage door can help keep the temperature inside your house steady and actually reduce your electric and heating bills?

Wondering how you can keep your garage sealed tightly? You can install weatherstripping!

  1. It’s All About the R-Value
  2. Your garage door is usually the largest opening in a home, which means it plays a large role in the thermal efficiency of a home. The R-value is used by garage door manufacturers to measure how well insulated a garage door is. The higher the R-value is, the greater the insulating properties are. For an attached garage, you should look for a garage door with an R-value of 10 or greater.You should also consider the U-value, which is the inverse of the R-value. The U-value is a measure of energy loss and heat flow. You want to purchase a garage door that has a low U-value because it means that a garage door is more thermally efficient.
  3. Choose a Material That Fits Your Overall Needs
  4. The next step to choosing a garage door with good thermal efficiency is to look at the materials. Steel is a durable and attractive material, but it typically does not have a high R-value. However, if you get an insulated steel garage door, you can improve the thermal efficiency. Wood is another garage door material that provides the same durability and elegance of steel but comes with an R-value that is usually higher than R-10. Last, but not least, vinyl is another maintenance-free garage door material. These types of garage doors are known for great thermal efficiency as well as noise reduction.
  5. Consider Whether or Not You Want Windows
  6. Whether or not you want windows is something else to consider. However, it is important to keep in mind that windows can be a source of energy loss. If you are going to go with windows, choose ones with low-emissivity coatings and glazes to reduce the energy loss.
  7. Professional Installation Will Prevent Air Leakage
  8. If you get a garage door professional installed by Carroll Garage Doors, it will help prevent air leakage. Professional installers can minimize gaps between the garage door and walls, which allows for airflow in and out. With professional installation, you can make sure that your garage door gets proper seals, hardware, and weatherstripping.

Whether you are interested in reducing your energy bills or want to help the environment by reducing your carbon footprint, Carroll Garage Doors is here to help. We sell and install custom garage doors that meet your design and thermal efficiency preferences. With many styles, materials, and colors to choose from, you can rest assured that we have the garage door of your dreams. Give us a call today at 1-888-578-2360 to start the design process.

To learn more about the reliable and quality garage door services that we offer, visit us on the web at Carroll Garage Doors.

Carroll Garage Doors
1340 Rambling Rd Simi Valley, CA 93065
(949) 585-9055