This is a guest post courtesy of Neb Aleksic, a Sales Manager at Doorcare.
If you find that your garage is always too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer, it’s a good idea to invest in an insulation kit. You can find these kits very easily and they come with all the materials and specialized tools you need in order to complete the installation.
A good kit can deliver impressive results, and it’s a lot more affordable than buying a completely new garage door with better insulation. But before you choose a kit, there are some things to keep in mind.
What to Consider When Choosing Garage Insulation Materials
There is a fairly large selection of insulation kits to choose from, but the most important part of the kits to consider is what material for insulation they use. Most kits will use polystyrene, fiberglass, or foam core, and the one it uses will help you determine the effectiveness of the insulation, the cost, and whether or not it can be used for your type of garage door.
Any insulation kit you look at should say what its thermal performance score is, which is an indication of how effective the materials in the kit are at insulating your garage door. The US Department of Energy has a good explanation for how insulation scores work — specifically R-Value, which is what most insulation kits will show.
Different materials will have different costs, so if you are on more of a budget you will want to choose a kit that uses more affordable materials. If you do your research into the kits you are considering, you should get a good idea of what is more affordable.
If you have a smaller garage door, you will need to get a different type of insulation kit than if you have a larger one, as some kits will not have enough materials for a garage door beyond a certain size. The type of your garage door (such as overhead or carriage door) will also have a big impact on how big a kit you need, and how much you will have to spend.
Do some research into the garage door you already have, and how much insulation it uses. If your garage door already has some insulation, you will not have to buy a kit that is more expensive and designed for complete insulation. However, if your garage door has little to no insulation or what it had has worn away, you will need to invest in a comprehensive kit to make up the difference.
Types of Garage Door Insulation Kits
When you are researching what insulation kit works best for your garage door, there will be a few different types depending on a number of different factors.
In addition to the mentioned differences in material, there will be a variety of styles, shapes, thickness, cost per size, as well as different life spans, level of durability, environmental impact, and other factors you might want to consider depending on exactly what you want and need.
Make sure that you check the R-value that the kit provides for your garage door, as that is another way that kits distinguish themselves. You will be able to pick between affordable sacrifices and amazing performance.
Carriage-style garage doors with only one solid piece for the door will require a different type of insulation kit than a door with panels that separate as the garage door opens. Similarly, every type of kit will only come with so much material. If you have a bigger garage door, or multiple doors, you will either need a kit that is suited to larger doors or buy more than one kit to make up the difference.
Finally, you can also get different insulation kits depending on the type of insulation you want — if you want a garage door insulated against the heat, or the cold, or both. Kits that work mostly to insulate against heat can be designed to reflect and reduce heat getting through the door, which might not work well at keeping the heat of your home in against the cold.
The Benefits of Garage Door Insulation
Any extra insulation you can achieve with your garage door is a great benefit for you as the homeowner. Improving the insulation in any part of your home can help you save a lot of money over time.
The issue with your garage is that it is likely the biggest single part of your home, with walls and possibly ceilings that touch other rooms. Your garage door is the biggest point of vulnerability for the garage, due to the door being thinner and less durable than the walls. As a result, it is the likely source for any heat and cold getting into the garage, and from there into adjacent parts of your house. This means that your furnace or air conditioner have to work more in order to keep the interior of your home at the temperature you set on the thermostat.
By using an insulation kit and improving your garage door’s insulation level, you prevent more of the heat or cold from affecting the rest of your home. This means your furnace and air conditioner units do not have to work as hard to regulate the temperature of your house. Furnaces and air conditioners are often the biggest source of energy use in a home, especially during the hottest and coldest periods of the year. Since energy use is also one of the biggest regular expenses for owning a home, you can also save a lot of money every month with a better insulated garage door.
Summary of Choosing a Garage Door Insulation Kit
It is always a good idea to improve the insulation of your home, as you can save a lot of money every month and every year off your energy bills. Improving the insulation of your garage and garage door in particular is important, as it is one of the more vulnerable parts of your home to outside temperatures.
Thankfully, you can greatly improve the insulation of your garage for little cost by using a garage door insulation kit. They come in a variety of types, with a selection of different materials and shapes depending on the type of garage door you have. That way you can pick an insulation kit that works best for your garage door, your home’s climate, and your budget.
This is a guest post from Neb Aleksic. Neb is the Sales Manager at Doorcare, a company specializing in home and property improvement projects. He is an expert when it comes to residential garage doors and commercial overhead doors, dock levelers, automatic gates and accessories. Connect with Neb on Twitter.