Is it worth it for San Diego homeowners to insulate their garage door? Well—it depends. If your garage is attached to your home and it’s used as a primary entry and exit point of your home and if it faces the sun for extended time periods during the day, you might find the benefits of an insulated garage door worth the purchase cost.
According to LiftMaster, 7 out of 10 homeowners use their garage door as the primary entry to their home. Standard, non-insulated garage doors are typically made of a thin sheet of aluminum, and the insulating value is basically non-existent. If your garage door faces the warm San Diego afternoon sun, you are all too familiar with your garage turning into a furnace for several hours a day. A furnace that blasts your air-conditioned home with warm air every time the garage door is used.
A garage door insulated with polyurethane injection or polystyrene insulation panels will help reduce the amount of heat trapped inside your garage space, thereby reducing the heat that escapes into your home when using your garage door during the warm summer months. Even if you don’t use your garage door as an entry and exit point to your home, insulated garage doors can also create a “buffer zone” that is effective at reducing the amount of heat absorbed by air-conditioned spaces located above the garage area.
While a noisy garage door rattling open and closed is perfect for alerting parents of a late night teenage arrival or escape, most homeowners would love to have a quieter garage door. Insulated garage doors typically rattle less and operate much quieter than non-insulated garage doors, as the insulation helps to absorb sound and dampen the vibration caused by the operation. If your garage door is located below a bedroom or other living space, an insulated garage door can help bring more peace and quiet to your San Diego home.
Insulated garage doors are typically more durable and better looking, as well. Non-insulated garage doors panels are prone to creasing and denting, while insulated doors are much more rigid and stand up more effectively to constant use.