Insulated garage doors are for the homeowner that just doesn’t want to invest time and money into buying and installing an insulation kit on his own. Thankfully, there is no shortage of manufacturers out there that have stepped up to provide quality insulated garage doors. In this article, we’ll take a look at a few of the most prominent, and compare them…
Some of the things to keep in mind when shopping for an insulated garage door:
Security: Locks should be durable, and the slides should fit properly from the day of install. When the door is closed, you should not be able to jimmy it up and get a crow bar underneath. Thieves may target the garage door when you are away, as it is the one opening that some homeowners do not alarm.
Weatherstripping: This should be built in, especially the threshold seal. make sure that you are not going to take delivery of your new insulated garage door, and then have to run down to Lowe’s and buy some weather stripping for it.
R-Value: shoot for at least R-12.Well insulated doors may be eligible for an energy tax credit . Ask.
If you buy the door online, use a well known manufacturer, and make sure you can see pictures of both sides of the door. Call Them and see if there is a distributor in your area, where you can actually see the door. Take a printout of the best online price you find with you. Many times, the distributor will match it, or throw in installation to get your business.
If you can see the door locally, operate it. take a look at how the rollers fit into the channels. Is the construction such that over time, with wear, the roller can jump out of the channel? Listen to the door. Is it loud? It should sound smooth, and close with an authoritative thump as the threshold seal hits the garage floor.
The Homes Silver series is an attractive, traditional design. Construction is top notch, featuring .25 gauge steel with an insulation layer of 1 5/16″ polystyrene insulation. This creates a double layer door for greater energy efficiency. There is also a noise reduction effect with double layer doors – less rattling. Each section sports a tongue and groove edge for better sealing.
- Aluminum retainer with a vinyl floor seal ( protect your garage from the weather).
- Long lasting nylon rollers
- Includes interior locking mechanism and rails
- Wood grain textured classic raised panel design
- 15 year limited warranty
Overhead Door insulated steel garage doors are among the nicest looking that you will find.They feature insulated steel construction, with a twist – the designs can be had in a number of styles. The image is from their beautiful Courtyard series of doors. they look like carriage house doors from long ago, but incorporate all of the energy efficiency and durability of modern garage doors.
The list of features is long and impressive – some of the high points:
- The beauty of wood, the durability of steel.
- Classic designs enhance the architectural beauty of your home
- Broad selection of windows and hardware options
- Energy-efficient: R-value up to 12.76
- Up to Limited Lifetime warranty for as long as you own your home