Monthly Archives: September 2015

Why Install an Insulated Garage Door?

Cold weather months are on their way to the Northeast.  Your garage door is the largest moving object found in your home.  There are a number of reasons why you should install an insulated garage door.

  • Transfer of cold or hot air.   If your garage is attached to your home unheated  air will pass directly into the living areas of your house.
  • Do you spend time in your garage?  Insulated garage doors keep the interior of your garage much more pleasant during extreme temperature months.
  • If you have a living area above your garage, the hvac load will be reduced with an insulated garage space.
  • An insulated door has a quieter operation and is much more appealing to the eye than non insulated models.

When you are considering a new garage door, be sure to check out the R-value of the model and style.  Give us a call and we will answer any questions you have about the value of buying an insulated garage door.


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What is R-value?

R-Value is a measure of thermal resistance used in the building and construction  industry. Specifically, R-value is thermal resistance to heat flow. Many manufacturers use R-values to show the energy efficiency of their product. This number is calculated based on the thickness of the insulation and its chemical properties.

The higher the R-value number, the better the insulating properties of the material. However, an R-16 value is not twice as good as an R-8 Value. R-16 does not offer twice as much thermal resistance or twice the energy savings of an R-8 value.  A value of R-16 offers a 5% reduction in heat flow and a 5% improvement  energy efficiency than a value of R-8, not 50%.

Instant Curb Appeal for your Home

What is your first impression when you drive up to your home?  Is it inviting and pleasing to the eye?  We are talking about what real estate professionals and architects call “Curb Appeal”.  If you are thinking of selling your home sometime in the next few years you should be very aware of your homes curb appeal.

There are a number of things you can do to improve your home’s first impression such as landscaping, new paint, remodeled entryway, new driveway, hard surface walk ways, etc.   Most of these projects require a rather large budget and can take quite a lot of time.

A New Garage Door Upgrade

If your home is like so many others with the garage facing the street it commands a large part of your homes first impression.  A new garage door can be the most cost effective upgrade you can do to increase your home’s curb appeal.  Another advantage to replacing your garage door verses the other options mentioned is that it can be done in one afternoon.  Instant curb appeal!

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Give us a call and let us give you some ideas for your home’s instant curb appeal.