Consider this: An insulated garage door will maintain the temperature in your garage in the winter and summer and likely decrease heating and cooling costs.

Insulated garage doors not only make the garage more comfortable inside but will have an effect on the temperatures of the rooms adjacent to or above the garage. In addition, a well-insulated garage helps keep moisture out, and its sturdy construction offers a far greater noise-reducing sound barrier than non-insulated models.

What should consumers look for in an energy efficient garage door?

For starters, check out the R-value. (R-value is a measure of thermal resistance to heat flow and is how most garage door manufacturers show the energy efficiency of their product. The higher the R-value of a door, the more insulation you’ll get.)

Second, look at the door’s construction. Well-insulated doors will have a “triple-layer” construction, consisting of environmentally safe polystyrene or polyurethane thermal insulation between two layers of heavy-duty steel.

A new garage door will not only save on energy costs, but it will give you one of the best returns on your investment and provide value for your home. Over the last few years, surveys conducted by the Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report indicate that installing new garage doors has been a project in the top rankings for return on investment.

Check out the “How to Buy a Garage Door” guide on or at The guide offers tips on the benefits of different materials and how to match a door with your home’s architecture and character.

P.S. Replacing a plain steel door with a new insulated garage door can also result in less noise when you open and close them because you don’t have the hollow rattle of the steel doors.

(From ARA Content)

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