How your garage door can lower (or raise) your energy usage

How your garage door can lower (or raise) your energy usage

When looking for options to increase the energy efficiency of their homes, homeowners should consider the garage door. That’s right, the garage door!

When it comes to increasing your energy efficiency, “The garage doors cover the largest opening in your house, so it makes sense to include these in your planning,” according to Atlanta garage door repair specialists Covenant Garage Doors & Openers, Inc. “The obvious advantage to replacing your garage doors is the improved appearance to your home. But, the biggest advantage to replacing them is the increased energy efficiency to your home.”

One option you have is to replace your current garage door with an energy-efficient, insulated one. While they are expensive, the best insulated door you can get is a sandwich door, according to  Denver-area garage door servicer Ned Schvaneveldt of Advanced Door Works. Sandwich doors have steel enveloping the inner insulation on either side; they are, however, expensive.

A less expensive option is to add insulation to the door you already have. The key here is adequately insulating around the perimeter of the garage door, rather than insulating the garage door itself, Schvaneveldt said. This can be a DIY project using vinyl sealing strips from a hardware store to insulate the outside perimeter of the garage door, or it can be done by the pros, as well.

It is important to keep in mind that no matter how you choose to upgrade the insulation of your garage door, it’s still a door that opens and closes. And as Schvaneveldt says, “When the door is open, the R-value (insulation) is zero” no matter how well it’s insulated.

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