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Insulating your garage door

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Even if you’re not the family handyman, insulating your garage door is one project that you may want to do yourself. As household projects go it’s not really that expensive and doesn’t take a great deal of expertise. In addition, if you get it done by contractor or a number of factors are going to have to consider — none of them pleasant. Learn how garage doors prices can be lowered by insulating your garage.

Depending on how much you wish to spend on your garage doors, you can choose between a lot of different styles and materials. The top end of the budget for doors are those made of traditional wood; wooden types look great but are a lot more expensive and less practical than steel doors that will often come with a life time guarantee.

The next biggest source of energy loss is the garage door. If you think about it your garage door is large enough to take up a good portion of your home and when it opens and closes it allows a lot of hot or cold air in and out. Garage doors can come in a wide variety of materials including steel, wood, aluminum, vinyl and composite and each will have its own insulation benefits but a garage door with added insulation will give a greater R factor- the value used to measure a doors insulation abilities.

Insulating the attic above the garage will depend on whether the garage requires heating during the winter months of cooling during summer. If there is no heat and air in the garage, there will be no use in insulating it. The attic space must also have enough ventilation and without adequate ventilation, the wood might develop molds or start rotting.

If you already have insulation in your attic, you can find out the type of insulation and make a comparison with the industry standards. The determination of the R-value is very critical while choosing the insulation. The higher the R-value, the better the insulation and the way it works.

The insulation must be carried all the way up to the attic. You must measure the length of the runs that lie along the floor joists and cut out the insulation just a little short of that measurement.

If you’re having any doubts, or find yourself in a sticky situation, it’s always good to know you have the ability to call in a professional. Consulting a trained technician is always a good decision when you’ve met a cross roads in your work, if even for a different perspective on the situation.

Written by parkitelsewhere

June 6, 2011 at 4:18 am

Posted in Garage Doors