Insulation can help to keep a space, whether it is your home or garage, at a comfortable temperature year-round. As it gets colder outside, you may find that if your garage isn’t insulated, it can reach temperatures just as low as outside, even when the door remains shut. We get many questions regarding the benefits and necessity of insulating a garage door, so we’re clearing up some of the confusion and bringing to light when and why you should insulate your garage door this winter.

Two of the most important considerations when deciding if insulation is necessary for your garage door are if the garage is attached or detached from your home, and if it is heated or not.

If your garage is detached from your home and is not heated, then having an insulated garage door is probably not a priority. If, on the other hand, your garage is detached and is heated, it’s likely worth investing in insulation for your garage door. Without insulation, heat will quickly escape your garage and make the space unusable during the winter. Additionally, if you continue to heat your garage without insulation, you’ll be losing money on excess energy costs.

If your garage is attached to your home, an insulated garage door is the best option for you. A lack of insulation will cause your garage to heat up in the summer or become bitterly cold in the winter. Given that your garage likely serves as an entryway to your home, these temperatures can then spread into your home, causing it to be at a less comfortable temperature as well. Insulating your garage door will not only keep your home more comfortable all year round, but it will also save you money on energy costs and will likely operate more quietly.

Insulations have different R-values, and depending on the structure of your home, existing insulation within the walls of your home may range from R-1 to R-18. It’s important to take this into account when figuring out the best insulation for your garage door. It’s a good idea to try to match the R-value of your garage door with that of the walls in your home. Insulated garage doors range from R-5.5 to R-18. The higher the R value, the higher the insulating value. Although there is a lot of information out there to read up on this, it is best to consult a garage door professional for guidance and product knowledge as it pertains to insulation. Our expert team is more than happy to help you make the best decision for your home.

While an insulated garage door may cost you more upfront, the long-term payoff is easily worth the investment. For more information on insulated garage doors, visit our website.