Written by Eto Doors.
When you look to install new garage doors, there are several factors that you will need to consider. Some of them are obvious, such as the look of your doors or their durability. But one thing that many people don’t take into consideration is insulation.
It’s important to consider the quality of the insulation of a garage door before you make a purchase. Insulation serves several purposes in a garage door. Insulation can help to keep your garage – and other rooms in your house – warm during cold winter months. For example, if you have a room such as a spare bedroom or den over your garage, an insulated door will help to keep these rooms warm as well.
In addition, insulation can also provide a level of soundproofing. This is valuable if you are planning on doing work in your garage late at night or early in the morning – or if you have a teenager looking to start their own garage band. Thick insulation in between the two outer panels of your garage door also makes it less vulnerable to dents and dings.
There are several different thickness levels when it comes to garage door insulation. Some doors have a thin layer of polystyrene to more than two inches of polystyrene or polyurethane. The thickness of a garage door’s insulation is one of the factors that determine its R-Value, which is a measure of the insulation’s thermal resistance. High-quality insulation will have an R-Value near 10. You’ll want to check to see if the manufacturer is basing the R-Value on the whole door or just the center level, which results in an artificially high value.