Most people overlook the importance of having an energy-efficient overhead garage door in their quest for an energy-efficient home. If your garage is directly attached to your property, having an energy-efficient overhead garage door will prevent the cooled or heated air from escaping, driving up your energy bills.
Besides helping you save energy, energy-efficient overhead garage doors can also provide good soundproofing benefits. If you are in the market for an energy-efficient overhead garage door, having a proper understanding of what makes these doors energy-efficient can help to ensure you make the right purchase. Here is what you need to know:
The R-Value of the Door
One of the most important factors to consider when shopping for energy-efficient overhead doors is their ‘R-Value’. This is a measure of how well the insulation can resist heat traveling through it, and this is made possible through different means of insulation. The higher the R-value is, the better the insulation it provides, so look for overhead garage doors with a high R-value.
The Right Material
Overhead garage doors are available in four different types of materials, including composite wood, steel, wood and aluminum. Where wood and aluminum are primarily chosen for their appealing looks over insulation, high gauge steel and composite wood (usually paired with a faux wood composite overlay and steel interior) are increasingly popular options as they provide greater energy efficiency, durability and dent-resistance.
The Insulation Levels
Insulation not only increases energy-efficiency and adds soundproofing, but also increases the strength of your overhead garage door. You will come across three insulation options when shopping for an energy efficient overhead garage door:
- Single Layer Garage Doors – These garage doors have little or no insulation and are an ideal option if your garage is not attached to your home and does not have any sort of climate-control features.
- Double Layer Garage Doors – These garage doors include standard polystyrene insulation, which are known to offer better insulation benefits without adding thickness to your overhead garage door.
- Triple Layer Garage Doors – These garage doors feature polyurethane or (thicker) polystyrene insulation, and therefore offer the best insulation value out of all three insulation options available.
The Garage Door Opener
Last but not the least; do not forget about the overhead garage door opener! If you have an electric opener for your garage door, it continues to consume power even while you are not using it. You can, however, reduce your energy consumption by opting for new models that offer a low-power standby mode.
By ensuring your overhead garage door is energy-efficient and properly insulated, you can save big bucks that you didn’t even know you were losing. That is not all, though. This would also allow your property to become more eco-friendly by reducing the strain on your cooling and heating systems.