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Does Your Garage Door Stand Up to the Cold?

During the cooler months, homeowners aim to keep the cold air out and the warm air in, including their garages. Insulated walls and space heaters can work well, but if your garage door is missing insulation, then the warm air will leak outside. This can amount to a huge waste of money and energy.

Take a look at some of the benefits of owning an insulated garage door, along with other best practices to maintain your garage door this winter.

insulated garage door
(Overhead Door™ garage door Impression Collection | R-value 7.6)



 

Save Energy
Your garage door is ultimately the barrier between your home and the winter weather outside. Studies have shown that replacing an uninsulated garage door with an insulated one can reduce heat loss through the garage by more than 70 percent, especially if the walls of your garage are insulated. Insulated garage doors will block cold air from entering your garage and keep the warm air inside using polyurethane insulation and sealed air gaps.

insulated garage door ​
(Overhead Door™ garage door Thermacore® Model 198)

Protect Your Tools
Freezing garage temperatures can damage your vehicles and anything else you might be storing inside. Tools or appliances with water in them such as a power washer can freeze and crack, ruining the equipment. The same is true of fuel gels. These can “gel up” inside the engine of your lawn mower and destroy a very expensive piece of machinery.

Extend Your Car Battery Life
A car battery is most reliable between 30 and 90 degrees, so an insulated garage door could be the difference between a working or a dead battery.

insulated garage door
(Overhead Door™ garage door Thermacore® Model 199)

 

Silent and Durable
Today’s insulated garage doors are often made from steel, like Overhead Door™ Thermacore® garage doors. These doors feature sandwich construction of steel-polyurethane-steel. The higher the R-value of the insulation, the better it will keep your garage’s air in. For example, the Overhead Door Thermacore® garage door provides an R-value of 12.76 for enhanced thermal efficiency. The added insulation also makes it less likely that it will be dented or damaged by everyday life.

As well as adding durability, the insulation in the door also dampens most of the vibration of your garage door and reduces street noise. The reduction in vibration comes in handy if you have living spaces above or next to the garage door, and do not want to be disturbed every time it opens and closes.

Have Your Door Inspected by a Professional
Winter is a great time to have your garage door inspected by a professional. The garage door is often the primary entry point of the home and if your garage door malfunctions, you could be locked out in the cold. A professional inspector will check the door’s springs, the weather stripping and lubricate all the moving parts to keep them running smoothly. This is also a good time to replace the garage door remote and keypad batteries.

Interested in upgrading to an insulated door or having an inspection? Get started by finding a local Overhead Door™ Distributor on our website.

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Posted on January 3, 2018
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