Garage Door Insulation – Do it Yourself or Hire a Professional?

March 11th, 2014

garage door insulation

Garage door insulation

Garage door insulation is the process by which entry of heat and cold from the environment surrounding the garage is prevented.

It’s common to see vehicles parked on the drive or up the street at night, even in your own street.

This usually means that there is not enough room in the garage for vehicles as it’s being used for storage. Or you may find it has been converted into a bedroom or study.

It is under this scenario that one usually gets around to giving garage door insulation some thought. However, insulating garage doors should be accorded top priority regardless of whether the vehicles are within it or left outside on the drive way. The most common side effect of ignoring garage door insulation is cold walls and floors.

Why you need garage door insulation

In order to maximize the use of space, people generally tend to construct a living area above the garage. This is perfectly okay as long as adequate precautions have been taken pertaining to the insulation of the garage doors.

There are a few reasons for this. One is the possibility of thermal exchange taking place between the exterior and the conditioned interior. When this happens, if there is an opening in the garage ceiling, heat or cold can seep through. This is because of the poor insulation of the garage door and this gets reflected in the floor of the room above.

Another reason is that the walls within the garage as well as the adjoining areas could also absorb the heat or the cold. This leads to lowered comfort levels within the home.

Although the garage doors are not air tight, there are ways to improve their thermal boundary. Hiring a professional insulation installer ensures the insulation is correctly fitted to minimise the chances of heat escaping.

Types of garage door insulation

The panels on the garage doors are usually covered by an insulating material, commonly something that is foam based.

However, recent advancements in insulation technology have resulted in the advent of newer and more effective materials. The professionals who do this work day in and day out will always know better.

garage door insulationApart from insulating the garage door panels with the appropriate materials, there are other things to look into as well. Ensure that there is no gap between the garage door and the floor which may allow hot or cold air inside.

Double lip weather stripping is one of the most common materials that help in this regard. Additionally, any other gaps such as those around the hinges in the doors should be sealed. Book your garage door insulation install today.

Article kindly supplied by thernmadoor.

Posted In: Auckland, Christchurch, Door Professionals, Garage Doors, Hutt Valley, Insulation Installers, Napier

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