Everyone knows when winter comes, it’s time to expect the cold temperatures that come with it. So most of us focus on staying warm in our homes and whenever we have to be outside. But there’s also your garage to think about. When your garage gets cold, it’s easy for your car to become cold. This makes the morning commute even harder than usual. However, your cold garage can also lead to a cold house. That’s why an insulated garage door is so important. Keep reading to find out more.
Insulating Your Garage Door
As your garage usually comes insulated, it’s unlikely the unit itself is causing any problems with the internal temperature. Instead, it’s most likely your garage door, which is thinner and without insulation, is responsible for letting in cold air.
When it comes to insulating your garage door, there are only a couple of options you can choose from for the actual materials you’ll use. The first one is reflective foil that uses heavy duty polyethylene.
Make sure the foil you choose consists of dual layers of heavy duty polyethylene. This foam should be sandwiched between other layers of aluminum foil. Generally the thickness you’re looking for is 5/16 of an inch.
The second material you can use to insulate your garage door is molded polystyrene panels. These panels come with a relatively higher R value.
How to Insulate Your Garage Door
Fortunately, there are kits you can purchase to help you insulate your garage door. These kits will carry both of the above options as well. In order to use them, though, you’ll also need a few extra tools that they don’t come with. These include a utility knife, a straight edge and a tape measure.
Make sure you buy the kit that will fit your garage door. If you have to, order a custom one online to make sure you get the size you need.
Pros and Cons
The main con with an insulated garage door is the cost involved. Even if you decide to do it on your own, you’ll still need to spend some extra cash to do it. Of course, if you hire a professional to handle it for you, the cost will also be greater.
But that’s really the only con involved. There are many more positives associated with an insulated garage door. For example, these doors will pay for themselves in energy savings. Insulation means less cold air getting into your garage and then finding its way into your home.
So you won’t need to spend so much more on heat in an attempt to make up for all the cold air.
Furthermore, you won’t have to worry about getting in a frozen car every morning during the winter either. Your commute is full of enough unwanted surprises without your car feeling like a refrigerator every morning. An insulated garage door will help with this.
Lastly, an insulated garage door may help add to your home value. Though it won’t be a large amount, being able to boast of your insulated garage door can go a long way in adding dollars to an asking price.
The advantages far outweigh the costs involved in getting your garage door insulated. It’s best, however, to hire a professional who can save you time and do it correctly.