Your garage door is one of, if not the most significant entry point to your home, which means it can be one of the leading causes of heat and energy loss. That’s where insulation comes in.
With an insulated garage door, you can dramatically reduce your energy consumption while improving the liveability of your home. Most people use their garage for more than just storing their cars, so creating a comfortable living space in your garage will have a wide range of benefits in your everyday life. Let’s have a look at the advantages of installing an insulated garage door.
Benefits of an Insulated Garage Door
Whether you install a new insulated garage door or have an existing garage door insulated, there are many positives to be gained.
Being environmentally friendly has never been more critical than it is today, and it’s a need that won’t go away anytime soon. With rising energy bills, everyone is looking for ways to lower the costs of keeping their homes at a comfortable temperature. Insulation helps maintain a consistent, liveable temperature in your home, resulting in less need to turn on the heating or the air-con. As you can imagine, this will help cut down heating costs dramatically, and your insulation will begin paying for itself in just a few years.
Australia is a wonderful place to live, but there’s no denying that it is a country of extreme weather conditions. Whether it’s a scorching hot summer’s day or freezing winter’s night, you want your home to be a comfortable living environment to provide relief from the weather outside. An insulation system helps keep warmth in during the winter and heat out during the summer. Creating a comfortable living space in your garage opens it up to being used for a gym, home office, workshop or place for activities.
Good for Your Vehicles
This is especially true if you live in a cold area of the country where temperatures drop below zero. Extreme cold can cause problems when it comes to starting your car, and as we all know, there’s never a great time for your car not to start. Insulation protects your vehicle from copping the brunt of a particularly chilly night, meaning you’ll be off and running in the morning.
Quieter to Operate
The great thing about insulating your garage door is that it has some bonus benefits you might not have expected, such as making your door quieter to operate. The reason for this is that the insulation’s added thickness stops the door from rattling and vibrating.
Strengthen Your Door Against the Elements
Temperature isn’t the only thing your insulated door will protect against. The extra layer strengthens your door against weather damage such as wind and storms.
Great For Noise Control
Are you a handy person who loves nothing more than getting the power tools out in the garage and getting down to business? Maybe you like to blast some of your favourite tunes while working on your car. Insulation can help to soundproof your garage, so you won’t need to worry about bothering the neighbourhood.
Added noise control means that no longer will you have to listen to motorbikes roaring down the road or the neighbour’s dog barking his head off. Whether it’s to avoid annoying your neighbours, for your privacy (or both), the added layer provided by your insulation can help with soundproofing your garage.
Improves resale value
Having an insulated garage door, especially if it’s automated, will add value to your home if you choose to sell down the line. These days, home buyers are more aware of lowering bills and their carbon footprint, so any self-sustainable feature on your house will make it stand out from the pack.
Easy to use
If you install a door-opener along with your new insulated garage door, you’ll no longer need to worry about getting out of the car on rainy days. Morning school runs can flow smoother than ever, with no one complaining about the temperature and no one needing to leave the car while the garage door operates.
Can I install an insulation system myself, or should I call a professional?
Installing insulation or a new garage door is one of those tasks that sound simple but can quickly become overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re doing. There are many DIY kits available, and it is certainly possible to install your own insulation if you have some experience, are handy with home renovations or have some professional building skills. However, attempting to install insulation yourself can be tricky and things can go wrong, if you are unsure it’s probably best to call in a professional.
Some things that can go wrong if you try to install insulation yourself include:
- Misaligned panels can negatively affect both the operation of the door and its safety.
- Choosing the wrong insulation for your door which can add too much weight and wear out your springs.
- Making a mistake – such as the wrong measurements – which will damage your door.
The problem with making any of the above mistakes is that you’ll have to call out a professional to fix your errors, instantly negating any savings you were trying to make by doing the job yourself. To save yourself time and avoid stress, hiring a professional is the way to go. Not only will you have the peace of mind that your insulation is installed correctly, but a professional can often get the job done in a fraction of the time. They do this day in, day out and know all the issues that can arise and how to solve them.
Looking to install an insulated garage door or insulate an existing door? Steel-Line is here to help! With years of experience and a wide range of quality products, we can help you every step of the way, from choosing the right door to installation. Steel-Line has branches across Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and many other locations.
To organise an installation or for any further queries about garage door insulation, please call us today on 1300 767 900 or contact us here.