If you are in the market for a new garage door, you’ve likely discovered that not only are there are variety of styles and colors to choose from, you also must decide between an insulated or uninsulated garage door. Uninsulated garage doors are less expensive, but insulated ones tend to be quieter and offer better warranties. So how are you to decide? We contend there are four primary factors to consider when making this decision: your area’s climate, whether your garage is attached or stand-alone, your intended garage use, and your budget.
1. Your Area’s Climate
If you live in an area that experiences a wide range of temperatures throughout the year, you will want to consider choosing an insulated garage door. Because of the frequency with which the garage door is opened each day, garages tend to be more susceptible to temperature fluctuations, and that can impact what’s in the garage, and the spaces attached to it. If you live in a mild climate, and it stays mild throughout most of the year, you may not need to insulate your garage door.
2. Attached or Stand-alone Garage
Another factor that will influence your garage door insulation decision is whether your garage is attached to your home or stands alone. When your garage is attached to your home, you must consider how energy-efficient your garage space is. The cold air in winter and hot air in summer can penetrate through the walls and ceiling of the surrounding living areas and greatly impact the heating and cooling efficiency of the rest of the house.
3. Your Intended Garage Use
If you are planning to spend time in your garage beyond simply getting in and out of your car or accessing your tools, you will want to consider an insulated garage door. Many people have made portions of their garage into a workshop or even family room (where else might a ping pong table fit?), and without proper insulation, your visits to the garage may be cold in winter and hot in summer!
4. Your Budget
Perhaps the deciding factor related to selecting an insulated vs. uninsulated garage door is your budget. Insulated garage doors tend to average about $200 more than uninsulated ones. You can purchase an uninsulated door, and then invest in a garage door insulation kit for $75 – $150 and install it yourself. Keep in mind, however, that the added weight of the new insulation may impact the springs and require rebalancing of the door. The additional expense of an insulated door will need to be weighed against the energy savings it will bring, the increased comfort it will provide when you spend time in your garage, and the additional benefits of a quieter door and a better warranty.
To discuss the pros and cons of these two options or schedule a free in-home estimate, feel free to contact Sears Garage Solutions at 509-795-3834.