Insulated Garage Doors
For Canadian homeowners, insulated garage doors are a fantastic home improvement. They will lower energy costs for the entire house - paying dividends over time. And increase the usage of your garage as a living and working space.
If you are comparing wood or fibreglass options for your new garage door, you should also consider the level of insulation. Insulated garage doors have several benefits. These benefits are especially important for Canadians with our cold winters and hot summers.
Benefits of Insulated Garage Doors
Energy Efficiency & Cost Savings
For homes with an attached garage, the garage door is usually the largest entry point of the building. For this reason, it is also the greatest source of temperature loss for the home.
Any rooms or hallways next to the garage will be affected by this loss of thermoregulation. Especially in Canada, it is a struggle to keep the home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
An insulated garage door makes a great difference for thermoregulation. Your garage could be 10 - 15 degrees warmer during the winter months. This will make a big difference for your family at home and for your energy bill as well.
Increase the Living Area of Your Home
Warmer temperatures in the garage opens up more possibilities for its use as a living space. As working from home becomes more common, converting the garage to a home office is a growing trend. Installing a workshop, home gym or storage area are other possibilities.
Installing an insulated garage door is usually the first step to make the garage a more livable space. It is safer and more cost efficient than installing a garage heater. Insulation also has the added benefit of helping to keep your garage cool in the summer.
A Quieter Garage & Home
An insulated garage door provides more than just thermoregulation . It blocks out noise from the street as well. This helps to make the home a more peaceful living environment. It is also makes a big difference for people using their garage as a workspace. When the sound of traffic and construction enters the garage, doing focused work is difficult. Insulated garage doors makes the work environment much quieter which increases productivity.
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Less Noisy Garage Door Opener Operation
One overlooked benefit of an insulated garage door: a quieter garage door opener. The extra layers of insulation means the garage door is heavier and sturdier. It absorbs more vibration and the result is less rattling when the garage door opener is running.
Tests during opening and closing have shown that an insulated garage door is 3X quieter than a regular uninsulated door. Your family and your neighbours will thank you!
Greater Strength & Security
Many of the repair jobs that we see are due to driveway mishaps. People can back the car into the garage door. Or hit the garage door by accident doing housework or playing sports. Most older garage doors are susceptible to damage to their rather flimsy fabrication.
Insulated garage doors are stronger and can withstand more damage than regular doors. This helps to save a considerable amount on repairs. Most modern garage doors are constructed with layers of fibreglass, steel and aluminum. Insulated garage doors have an additional layer - a core of polyurethane foam that adds physical strength. The insulation means that the door is less susceptible to the types of major dents that affect the operation of the overhead door.
And greater strength means greater security as well. The garage door is typically a vulnerable point of the home - which intruders and thieves will target. A modern insulated garage door poses greater challenges for any would-be intruders. The layers of metal, wood and dense foam make the garage door difficult to penetrate - especially without making a lot of noise.
The R-Value & Insulated Garage Doors
The R-value is the industry-standard measurement for measuring the insulation inside a home. Professionals and homeowners use the R-value when assessing how well insulation will resist the flow of heat. Put another way, it is a measure of "thermal resistance". You may have heard of the R-value when talking about the pink insulation found inside the walls of your home.
We also use the R-value when comparing insulated garage doors. Insulating material inside a garage door gives it a higher R-value - meaning it is more resistant to heat transfer. This applies to keeping the garage warm in the winter and cool during the summer. A higher R-value does both more effectively.
What R-value is good for a garage for Canada?
R-Value = 14
For Canadian homeowners that are considering insulated garage doors, we recommend a minimum R-value of 14. Sometimes an R-value of 11 is suggested as the absolute minimum to achieve some insulation. But this would work for garages that are either in a moderate climate or have some form of heating.
Insulated garage doors with R-values in the range of 14-16 are either custom-made or shipped from premium manufacturers. The insulating material is polyurethane. It is a foam sprayed into the interior, leaving no room for any air pockets.
Some premium insulated garage doors have an R-value of 20. This is near the maximum for the brand name manufacturers. It’s something to consider if you live in an extreme climate and use your garage as a workspace year-round.
To Learn More About Insulated Garage Doors
Get in touch with one of our garage door experts today. We are ready to consult with you regarding different options based on your need. All of our quotes are no-hassle and no-commitment.