How to Choose the Right Garage Door Insulation for Your Home

Even the safety of a garage can’t keep the cold out as the temperature drops. This can make normal maintenance difficult or even uncomfortable, as can getting in and out of your car. 

Your garage door can be to thank for if the rest of the space is insulated. Adding insulation to your garage door allows you to transform it from a simple three-season building into a comfortable space where you can work and hang out in the winter.

Garage Door Insulation

Garage door insulation refers to the process of covering the garage door with a foam material to prevent the heat from coming out of the garage during the winter season. On the other hand, garage door insulation prevents the excess hot temperature from getting inside the garage during warmer seasons. 

The R-value is the ability of a product to resist heat flow, as seen in this image. A higher R-Value product typically does a better job of insulating a space. Higher R-Value products often cost more, though this is not a universal rule.

Types of Garage Door Insulation

Your garage door will become more energy efficient with any sort of insulation. The following are the varieties that are most frequently used on garage door backs:

Batt Insulation

Fibreglass is frequently used to create this flexible insulation, which is frequently found pushed into exterior walls. It’s commonly backed with paper or foil, which act as vapour and air barriers. 

R-3 through R-4 is the insulating values per inch of thickness. The cost per square foot is roughly 30 cents.

Foam Board Insulation

These rigid panels, which are commonly composed of polystyrene, offer a significant amount of insulation for a thin profile. Typically, panels are between 1/2 inch (R-3.3) and 1 inch thick (R-6.5). Foam board frequently has an aluminum or vinyl face. 

Spray Foam Insulation

As the name suggests, spray foam is made of a viscous fluid that hardens to form an airtight seal. The R-value of spray foam is incredibly high relative to how light it is. Moreover, it has excellent resistance to fire, dampness, and pests. For most garages, spray foam could be excessive, but if you’re turning your garage into an extra room, it works great.

The complexity of installation is spray foam’s biggest drawback. To place foam, we advise asking an expert.

Rigid Foam Insulation

Due to its high R-value and insulating flexibility, rigid foam insulation is a superb option. As the firm foam is compatible with almost all wall materials, you may trim foam panels to meet any garage’s specifications. To add more insulation, you can also insert rigid foam on the rear of your garage door panels.

In addition to being quite effective at reducing noise, rigid foam is also fairly inexpensive when compared to other materials. The biggest drawback is that the foam can be eaten by insects and other pests, which reduces its effectiveness. It could be challenging to cut panels around piping and wires as well.

Benefits of Garage Door Insulation

A properly insulated garage door protects your door from unwanted temperature levels. See the following benefits.

Maintain the temperature in your garage above freezing.

Your automobile, any outdoor-brought potted plants, and other valuables will be safe indoors when the outside temperature is below freezing. This is so that warm air cannot escape through the gaps between the garage door panels due to the airtight insulation on your garage door. 

We advise insulating the rest of your garage as well to keep it even warmer. You won’t be sorry.

Conserving Energy For Your House

If your garage is connected to your house, an insulated garage door enhances thermal barriers and significantly increases the amount of heat your home retains. Your heater won’t have to work as hard to maintain a pleasant temperature in your home anymore. 

Also, if your heater doesn’t have to work as hard, it will last longer and cost you less money overall.

More Stability

Ever notice how a bike helmet is constructed of insulation and plastic? Take a helmet without insulation for example. Your skull wouldn’t be properly protected by it, would it? In exactly the same way, an insulated garage door makes your garage door more robust than its uninsulated competitors. 

An insulated garage door will be able to handle (most) objects thrown at it without causing damage to your garage door.

Contact CGD Garage Doors Calgary

The key to balancing the temperature inside the garage is installing insulation. Have your garage doors insulated right away, or have them replaced if it’s tearing. CGD Garage Doors Calgary provides repair, installation and maintenance for any garage door parts. Contact us for a quality service. 

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