Investing in Quality Insulated Garage Doors

January 04, 2010

Garage doors are a big investment in both the style and comfort of your home. Insulated garage doors can help make that investment pay off. With the garage door accounting for up to 30% of your home's visibility, the style and design makes a big impact on the curb appeal as well as the energy efficiency. If your garage happens to pull double duty as a workshop or utility room, an insulated garage door makes a sound choice in a home improvement.

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Garage doors are offered in two primary materials - wood and metal. Both offer advantages along with disadvantages, and both can offer insulating properties for the garage.

Wood garage doors tend to offer more in design and style. Raised panels and architectural details can copy traditional carriage doors or come in sleek contemporary styles that are upgraded with the warmth of wood.

Steel garage doors are generally more affordable and offer different levels of insulation:

  • Single layers of steel garage doors are simply stamped from a galvanized steel sheet and are the most affordable garage door. Double layers of steel offer more towards the insulated garage door, as the two sheets of steel generally have a layer of polystyrene to provide more of a barrier to the elements and increase the energy efficiency.
  • Triple layered steel doors offer the highest value of insulation in garage doors. Besides the double layers of steel and the polystyrene, there's a layer of steel 'skin' on the interior. These insulated garage doors offer the best insulation with the added bonus of soundproofing.
  • Choosing a quality insulated garage door is a sound investment strategy for making your home improvement dollars get the best return in added value and energy savings.

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