Insulated Garage Doors and Weather Stripping
Do you know how well insulated your residential or commercial garage door is? This commonly-overlooked factor can make a huge different in more than just the temperature of your garage – the temperature in your garage dictates a huge part of the temperature in other rooms of your home, so that rooms above or next to uninsulated garages tend to mirror the temperature in the garage. If you’re tired of stepping out into your garage and instantly freezing or being coated in sweat, perhaps an insulated garage door is for you! Before we explore more of the options that we can provide, here are two of our blogs written about the subject that give some helpful background information.
Now that you have some basic understanding of R-value, you can make an informed decision about the correct amount of garage door insulation to shop for. For the Charlotte climate, a door that can handle both heat and cold is ideal, and many systems are designed to be all-purpose like that. Charlotte Residential Garage Door Insulation is a topic with which we have years of experience, and our team can help you choose the insulation or weather stripping that will work best for you.
Garage door insulation is usually only measured by R-value, but that doesn’t mean that it is all created equal. Certain types of insulation function better than others in specific circumstances – if your garage faces the sunny side of your property, or if the garage’s walls are already insulated, or if you already have internal sandwich-style insulation, there are some options that will work better for you. A qualified garage door expert can help you choose the option that will work best for you, and our technicians will even examine your garage while they’re at your home and could give you advice for any insulation that you were interested in.
This garage door is a classic sandwich-style garage door, which is one of the most timeless designs for a well-insulated garage door. The sandwich style is exactly what it sounds like – two layers, typically of steel, with insulation sandwiched between them. What many people don’t know is that the sandwich often has a layer of air inside it in addition to a layer of foamed urethane insulation. Stationary air is actually a fantastic insulator when coupled with other sources of insulation, because it is difficult for the hot or cold conditions to pass through the steel, through the urethane insulation, then back out of the insulation into the stationary air, then back into steel, and finally into your garage. Sandwich style garage doors are a classic that has been steadily improving through the years, and they make an excellent choice for your residential home.
This is a door that we installed where you can clearly see the weatherstripping wrapped around the outside edge of the black door. Weatherstripping is typically rubber strips that press against the door’s panels while it is in the down position and creates an airtight seal between the temperature outside and the gaps around the edges of your door. You can read our blog above if you’re interested in installing weatherstripping yourself around your residential garage door to replace your older weatherstripping, cracked weatherstripping, or ineffective weatherstripping – but if you can’t be bothered or want it done professionally, give A Plus a call today. Creating an air seal is the simplest way to insulate your garage – if there are cracks either around your door or between the panels, then hot or cold air from outside can simply flow into your garage. It is much wiser to force those temperatures to transfer through layers of insulation, preventing most of it from ever entering your garage.