During the summer, you probably do not think too much about the insulating properties of any of the doors within your home, including the garage door. However, as things start to cool down, great insulation can make a big difference in terms of your comfort and your energy bills.
The insulation of a material is measured by its R-value. R-value simply refers to how well a material can resist heat, and the higher the R-value, the better the insulation. The better insulated your home is, the lower your energy bills will likely be. You can add insulation to a garage door or a home door, such as a front door, to improve comfort throughout the cold months. You can also improve insulation by choosing high quality, high R-value materials, for door installation.
If you do not want to spend the money to completely replace your doors, you can take action to insulate your doors to reduce or correct air leaks. In order to insulate doors, you will need: weather stripping, caulk, and draft guards. To insulate, examine your door thoroughly – are there cracks or areas where air is seeping in? If you’re not sure, close the door on a cool day and put your hand near the frame – do you feel cool air entering your home?
Using a caulking gun, apply caulk around the door frame in the areas where air is seeping in. In some cases, changing weather stripping or installing a draft guard will correct the problem.
Weather stripping is equally as important to install or replace in your garage. Even if you do not use your garage as an addition room in your house, a well-insulated garage protects your property from damage, may extend the longevity of your garage door, and can keep your energy bills low.
Sometimes, all the caulking or weather stripping in the world is not enough to properly insulate a door or garage door. When this is the case, door replacement may be your best bet. At Preferred Window & Door, we are experts in residential garage door and door installation and replacement, and can guide you through R-values and the best doors for your home. To learn more, contact us today for a free quote and information at 708-895-3667.
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