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.
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%.