Garage Door Insulation Keeps Cash in and Cold Out

When it comes to garage door projects like repairs and maintenance, few companies do their jobs right, for example, A1 Garage door repair in Middleton. Garage door companies will tell you that when you need to repair your garage door there are certain considerations. The first place to start is by assessing the area where you plan to build your garage and install the garage door. It would be best if you took measurements, including height, to have enough space.

Garage Door Insulation

Garage door insulation comes in several types, sizes, and kits, so there should be no problem matching the products available to the uninsulated door. A shopper should look for the difference in R-values per material if a door is insulated with the foil-type rolls or the foam/fiberglass sheets. The R-value is a measure of a material’s resistance to change in temperatures. The higher an R-value, the better job done keeping hot on one side and cold on the other (as a bonus, this often translates into stopping noise as well). 

Some of the highest R-values can be found in the foam/fiberglass sheets, but some of the highest prices can be found there as well. Insulating a garage door will save on heating and cooling costs, but a keen shopper will consider how much those costs currently are and compare them to the cost of insulation. Bear in mind that an R-value between 4 and 5 is already significantly better than the sheet metal layer making up an uninsulated door. Insulation kits typically come with enough material to cover a standard 9-foot garage door.

Before leaving the hardware store, however, it would pay to look at weather stripping. The sheet metal currently protecting the garage from the elements is not the only thing that needs insulation: the edges around it allow air to pass through. Garage doors often have stripping along the sides and even top of the sliding door, but rarely along the bottom. Unique garage weather stripping is available in two parts: one U-shaped rubber strip for the floor and another piece that fits along the bottom of a garage door and into the U-strip. This not only keeps air from passing through space but also dirt and water.

Once the insulation has been purchased, Saturday-morning’s project manager will be happy that it requires little more than a measure, straightedge and utility knife to install. Both types mentioned coming with complete instructions informing the garage door repair crew that the material fits in the grooves and channels already found on most doors. Whatever content is chosen, however, ensure that it fits snugly in place by measuring and cutting it to fit the space as perfectly as possible. This not only removes a need for adhesives, but it also means the insulation is so tightly assembled that air can not easily pass through.

Once this is done, all that is left to do is the measure and cut the weather stripping for the bottom of the door, open and close the door to ensure everything fits, apply a little colored tape to the seams between insulation strips/panels (if looks are important), and enjoy the majority of this fine Saturday.