Despite the fact that the garage door is a standard part of the majority of residential homes in South Cook County, IL and Lake County, IN, most people are befuddled when it comes to servicing their garage door, choosing a new garage door, or knowing how to maintain a garage door. Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions that we at Preferred Window & Door hear all of the time –
R-Value refers to a garage door’s insulation, and is a measure of thermal resistance. EnergyStar.gov recommends that those who live in Illinois and Indiana maintain an R-value in their home of between 38-60, depending upon the area of the home. The higher the R-value, the better the thermal performance of a garage door’s insulation, and the more energy efficient a garage will be. While insulation is not the most critical factor for those homeowners who do not use their garage, those who do –especially those who want to use the garage as an extra living area of the home – should absolutely prioritize R-value.
Rain, snow, ice, humidity, and hot temperatures are all types of weather that those who live in South Cook County and Lake County have to deal with on a regular basis. As such, it is important that you have a garage door that can handle this. Because of the hot and cold temperatures, a high R-value is important. Further, you want to make sure you choose a material that can stand up to weather erosion and resist rust and mold. Corrosion-resistant steel is often a great choice.
Garage door maintenance is very important, but if you are uncomfortable doing it yourself, you can contact a professional. Some basic garage door maintenance-musts include lubricating moving parts, checking the efficiency of safety features like automatic reversal systems, tightening loose parts and replacing an broken parts (like springs), and checking tracks and rollers.
If something does go wrong with your garage door, we can help. At Preferred Window & Door, we have more than 20 years of experience serving residents in Indiana and Illinois, and provide emergency repair services. You can contact us today at 708-895-3667, or contact us online for a free quote.
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