Lower your energy costs with a insulated garage door.January 10th, 2020 | Posted in Garage Doors
A leaky, non-insulated garage door may not be an obvious culprit in rising monthly utility bills, but it’s worth a second look if you have an attached garage. Replacing an older garage door with a new, energy efficient model can reduce energy loss through the garage by up to 71%, according to a comparison study conducted by engineers at Clopay Building Products, the nation’s leading manufacturer of residential garage doors.
“Since attached garages typically share one or two common walls with the house, any hot or cold that travels through a door will ultimately affect the adjacent living areas,” says Mark Westerfield P.E., Director of Product Development for Clopay. “An insulated garage door can help stabilize temperatures in the garage to reduce heat losses or gains.”
Depending on the specifics of the home, a well insulated door can help keep an unheated garage 10 to 20 degrees warmer on a cold winter day. “That can have a significant impact on the comfort of family rooms or bedrooms located above or next to the garage,” adds Westerfield.
More than 40 percent of the current housing stock was built prior to the era of energy efficiency.* If your garage door is a holdover from the dark ages, here are some things to look for when making an upgrade:
– 2” thick three-layer ”sandwich” construction – environmentally safe, CFC-free insulation layered between two sheets of heavy-duty galvanized steel.
– R-value or U-factor – these are measurements of the thermal efficiency of a door’s insulation. The higher the R-value, or the lower the U-factor, the more energy efficient the insulation is.
– Energy tax credit eligible – available for garage doors with a minimum U-factor of 0.30 installed on a homeowner’s primary residence.
– Insulation type – There are two different types of insulation used in garage doors: expanded polystyrene and polyurethane. Doors constructed from either kind qualify for the energy tax credit, and both are strong and durable.
– Design – Get the most out of your garage door upgrade. Choose a model that complements your home’s architectural style.