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On your quest to make valuable renovations to your home, look no further than your garage. Replacing your garage door with a modernized door is an extremely affordable option for increasing the value of your home.

The average garage door replacement - in Greater New Orleans - costs between $700 and $1400, and most homeowners we've worked with say their new garages make a huge difference in increasing the curb appeal of their home.

But as you look to replace your garage door, what renovation options should you look toward? One of the most attractive options, that delivers a tremendous return on investment, is choosing an energy efficient garage door that is insulated.

Why you should choose an insulated garage door - The ultimate in energy savings

Does your garage door attach directly to your home? Or does it have conditioned rooms directly above it? If you answered yes, then you should be concerned with the amount of heat loss your garage suffers from.

Since garages aren't considered living spaces, the construction standards are different. Gaps and air leakage are allowed, making this one of the least energy efficient spaces in your home.

Adding insulation to your garage door will greatly increase energy efficiency. This insulation allows you to moderate the temperature in your garage, which in turn reduces the amount of energy you'll need to heat the rest of your home.

Add more durability with insulation

While most New Orleans homeowners choose insulated garage doors because they want to increase energy efficiency, a happy, unexpected benefit of these doors is their increased durability.

Insulated garage doors contain multiple layers of insulation, steel, and aluminum, making them far less likely to be damaged by normal wear and tear.

Shh ... insulated doors are quieter

Perhaps the noise level of your garage door isn't your biggest concern; but we can promise you after installing your new doors you'll wonder what took you so long!

Most garage doors produce at least some type of noise. For older garage doors, the culprit is often the track mechanism, such as loose chains, worn down rollers and badly lubricated hinges and springs.

This can be a nuisance if your garage door is adjacent to a living space.

Insulated doors, however, dampen most of these noisy vibrations and are less likely to make noise because they're more tightly constructed than traditional doors. Each panel is comprised of layers of material sandwiched tightly together, meaning there's less loose material to make noise. And as these doors are often heavier than uninsulated doors, they're less likely to jolt or vibrate.

Provide more protection for your car and valuables

Even though cars are built to withstand extreme temperatures, persistent exposure to cold or hot weather can wreak havoc on your car and other valuables.

Freezing weather, for example, can:

  • Shorten battery life
  • Thicken transmission, engine and brake fluids
  • Lower tire air pressure
  • Decrease the performance of spark plugs and wiring

Car batteries, for example, are most reliable between 30 and 90 degrees. Insulated garage doors can keep your temperature regulated, no matter how hot or cold it gets outside.

How can you choose the right insulated garage door for your home?

Since you might be new to insulated garage doors, you might not be sure how best to move forward in choosing the right door for your home. This whole process can become even more confusing because different manufacturers use various types of energy efficiency ratings.

In short, if you're looking for an energy efficient garage door, look for double layer or triple layer doors.

As you look for your insulated garage door, you'll likely come across R-ratings, or R values, which is the most common measurement for insulation in garage doors.

An R value is determined by the thickness of insulation. Higher R values mean less heat passes through the door. However, don't assume that, for example, an R-16 door is twice as effective as an R-8 door. While R-16 doors do provide more insulation, the difference between these doors is roughly 5%:

  • R-8 - 90%
  • R-12 - 93%
  • R-16 - 95%
  • R-20 - 96%
  • R-32 - 97%

Of course, there is a bit of confusion when measuring the R value of a garage door. R values can be measured in two ways:

  • At the center of the panel, where insulation is thickest
  • For the entire assembly

The most accurate rating is one that uses the entire assembly, but not all manufacturers rate their doors this way. Professional garage door installers, like American Garage Door of Louisiana, can help you figure out the right level of insulation for your garage door.

We can also help you learn about how a specific manufacturer determines their R values. With this information, you'll then be able to compare doors more effectively. Contact us today to learn more.

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American Garage Door provides full service garage door installation, maintenance and repairs in greater New Orleans including Metairie, Kenner, Mandeville, Covington, Madisonville, Slidell as well as Picayune and Gulfport MS.