When you think about it, your garage door is a giant hole in your home. It’s the largest opening to your residence and with that comes a set of issues that can be solved by insulating your garage door.
Is insulating a garage door necessary? No, but it is highly advantageous.
There are four main benefits to insulating your garage door:
- You’ll save money on energy costs
- You can better keep out noise
- Your home will be warmer in the winter while cooler in the summer
- Insulation adds toughness to your garage door
1. Garage Door Insulation Saves Energy
Insulation saves energy by reducing the transfer of air between inside and outside. You might think about your garage as being outside, but if you have rooms over the garage, then cold air is seeping from the garage to the inside of the home through the walls and floors.
Insulating the garage will keep the home warmer by reducing air transfer and evening out some of those cold spots in your house. When your home is warmer, you can turn down the thermostat to save energy and money.
2. Insulated Garage Doors are Quieter
An insulated garage door will reduce noise, which means your neighbors won’t be able to hear it when you’re leaving for work or returning from a long day. Additionally, insulation reduces the risk of the door rattling and making a banging sound when it’s opened or closed. It also reduces the risk of the door making a squeaking sound as it opens and closes, which can be annoying if you are trying to watch tv in the living room after coming home from work. Finally, insulation helps to reduce scraping noises that occur when people open their garage doors too quickly with little care for what lies behind them (i.e., other cars).
Insulation helps keep your environment quiet so that everyone can enjoy peace and tranquility even while enjoying their favorite activities outdoors!
3. Insulation Keeps the Garage (and Your Home) Warmer
An insulated garage door can keep the garage 10 degrees above freezing if outside temperatures are 20 degrees. That extra bit of warmth makes it more comfortable to spend time in the garage, whether you’re working on a hobby or taking out garbage.
A warm garage also protects your car from freezing winter weather. Chilly winters can impact the car’s battery, fluids, tires and spark plugs. A few degrees of extra warmth, thanks to insulation, make a lot of difference to your car’s performance and your comfort.
Every time you go between the home and the garage, cold air from the garage seeps inside the house. If the garage is not insulated, the air is much colder, and your home temperature lowers more as a result. If the garage is insulated, there’s less of a differential between the garage and the home. The house stays warmer as a result, so you will feel more comfortable and lose less heat when traveling from the home to the garage.
4. Insulated Garage Doors are Tougher
When you insulate your garage door, you’re making it stronger and more durable. This is because insulation reduces the likelihood of damage to the door itself by strengthening it against impact, wear and tear and the elements. The way that this works is that there are two main types of insulation—spray foam or fiberglass—and both have a similar effect on your garage door as they reduce friction with objects around them and make for a smoother ride when opening or closing. The end result? A stronger, more resilient product that can resist impact easily without breaking apart (a problem we’ve all had to deal with before).
While insulating your garage door might seem like a big job, it is an easy way to improve the value of your home. Insulating it will keep you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer and save energy with a less expensive heating or cooling bill. If you’re thinking about insulating your garage door, don’t wait any longer! Browse garage door styles or contact the Overhead Door of Oklahoma City™ to get a quote.