Are You Losing Money From Poor Garage Insulation?

With record low temperatures in Western New York this winter, homeowners are searching for more effective ways to keep their heating bills down. Garage doors can provide a variety of benefits for homeowners, but providing sufficient insulation is a vital one. If your garage is attached to your home, a poorly-insulated garage door will suck warm air out of the home like a vacuum -- raising energy bills to replace the loss of heat. Installing an insulated door will reduce energy loss from the garage and keep a stable temperature for cars, valuables, power equipment and anything else typically stored in it. Not only will proper insulation help with temperature, it adds strength to the door while providing noise reduction. So, how does it work?

Insulation provided by garage doors is measured in R-value, which is its resistance to heat flow. The material of the garage door is a huge factor in its energy efficiency. At Hamburg Overhead Door, performance is important to us. Because of this, we offer brands that hold the same values in energy efficiency, safety and quality. Haas Door, for example, creates garage doors with a polyurethane foam construction, used for enhanced insulation and door strength. When compared to old garage door models, this type of material is exponentially better for reducing heat loss. When winter decides to give us -20 windchill, every bit of insulation makes a difference!

Once you install a pre-insulated garage door, there's a few extra measures you can take for a more energy efficient garage. If the walls of your garage are built with concrete (which many are), insulating them won't make too much of a difference. Place insulation into the ceiling of the garage, this will help prevent loss of heat from above. Insulating the interior wall of the garage that attaches to the home is an additional step for added support. Making a DIY-job out of insulating spaces is a great method for keeping your home warm, but save garage door insulation for a professional. A garage door needs to function properly and safely, it's best to install a pre-insulated door rather than try to insulate it yourself.

It can cost a lot to heat your home during a cold Buffalo winter. As a homeowner, you want to take preventative measures to stay comfortable, but energy bills can become a problem. If your attached garage has an old door model, it may be a prime suspect for increased heating bills. When the time comes to replace your garage door -- get an expert's opinion. Hamburg Overhead Door offers free sales estimates and computer imaging to stylize your home with door options during a free garage door consultation. Contact us today to schedule a visit!