June 9, 2015 Garage Door Maintenance, Garage Doors Helpfull Tips

Insulate Your Garage Door To Reduce Heat this Summer

Many garage doors lack insulation, being made of lightweight metal that offers little protection from temperature changes. If you want to spend time in your garage without overheating this summer (woodworking, automotive repairs, lifting weights, etc.), reduce street noise as well as quieting the door itself during operation, lower your energy bill, and maximize the efficiency of your appliances standing in the garage (washer and dryer, water heater, etc),  insulating your garage door is a necessity. It is not sufficient to only insulate the walls and ceiling in your garage, your garage door occupies more then 100 square feet of potential area for heat transfer. Any insulation type will increase the energy efficiency of your garage door:

Spray Foam garage Door Insulation (It is best to leave this method to a professional)
Fiberglass Garage Door Insulation (Hazardous to work with)
Rigid Foam Board Insulation (best with foil or laminated plastic for durability and better appearance)
Reflective Insulation
(highly reflective aluminum foil applied to one or both sides of insulation materials – reflects 97% of radiant heat, a great vapor barrier, and has a Class 1 Class A fire rating)

How to match insulation to your garage door type:

Steel garage doors – any type of insulation.
Wood frame-and-panel garage doors– rigid insulation into the spaces between the door frames and the two layers of foam board for extra climate control.
Flat garage doors (no panels) – roam board or reflective insulation.

You may want to consider installing vinyl garage door seals not only for thermal protection, but also to prevents drafts, dirt, insects and rain from entering around the top and sides of your garage door.

By insulating your garage door you will stabilize the temperature of your garage and the inside of your home during all seasons, not only in the summer heat. It is important to remember that insulation will add weight to your garage door and can cause unnecessary strain on your garage door opener. To prevent this you need to balance your garage door to accommodate the additional weight.

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