Checking Out Garage Door Insulation R-Valu

One of the most important things in today’s energy awareness is to have the right weather protection in one’s home or other buildings. Fortunately, today’s market offers a number of different things such as energy windows, weatherproofing, protective covering and others. A great deal of heat and cold can be found in the parking space which makes garage door insulation r value very important.

With the high demand for some type of home protection, against heat and cold, a number of different product claims were made. Many of these claims were not true and, as a result, the US Department of Energy stepped in and established a measurement of effectiveness called the R-value. This is determined by measuring the product’s resistance to heat. These values vary according to the climate area.

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Insulation R-value is an important part that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Each type of heat resistant material is measured and given a value according to how it is used in the product. Loose fiberglass, for example, when presented in rolls, batts, blankets or loose receive a rating of 3.2 per inch.

Cellulose, which is sprayed on has a rating of 3.2 per inch and Mineral Wool when blown into the ceiling or walls rates 3.1. Rigid insulation receives the highest rate of all at 4.0 to 6.5 per inch.

Garage doors are made of wood, plastic or metal, with metal being the most commonly used. It would be possible to spray on cellulose but it does have a tendency to chip off if constantly moved. Loose fiberglass could be installed but gives off very fine particles that are irritating to someone breathing and the constant movement of the door might make this happen. Mineral wool is too loose to use.

The remaining, and most practical, weather protection to use is the rigid insulation with the high rating. This can easily be cut to fit the door and would provide excellent padding against heat or cold. In addition, it would be beneficial to keeping the rest of the house energy efficient if the garage is an attached unit which most are these days.

The correct insulation r value for garage door will maximize the effectiveness of the insulation.

Many people use this part of their house for a workshop or other activities.

Having it ‘weatherproofed’ by insulating the door would make it much more comfortable as well as usable the entire year regardless of the weather. This seems like a win-win situation both for comfort and for savings.

The garage door insulation r value is important when choosing what to use to get the most out of the investment. A person can check the package label to see how it is rated as well as check the Internet to compare brands. Having the very best available will more than pay off in the long run.

Garage door threshold is highly effective

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[Clarification: we do not sell threshold or any garage door parts!]

If you want to make your garage more secure than you can use a good garage door threshold seal for that. In fact, you would have to give it the protection from all the sides, and for that, you should have a series of different door seals. There are three different garage door products which you will need. All these three products come very cheaply, and you can also install them within no time in your garage door.

1) Garage door bottom seal

The bottom seal is a piece of vinyl or rubber which is attached to the bottom of the garage door. This seal compresses when the door is closed and in the process seals the gap between the door and the floor. This prevents water, insects, and rodents from entering the garage. Some garage doors have an aluminum track which is for the same purpose. However, it would cost you around $50 for a two car garage.

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If your budget is less than you can use a rubber strip instead. It could be easily attached to wooden garage doors with the help of nails. You can find out when you need to replace the garage seal when you could see the light coming in from the bottom of the garage door.


2) Garage door threshold seal

The garage door threshold seal has the same purpose as that of the garage door bottom seal as explained above. The only difference is that unlike attaching the seal to the door as we did in the former case, in this, we instead attach the seal on the floor. If you would buy a good quality bottom seal, then it would be much more durable than the garage bottom seal. The threshold seal is attached to the floor by using a strong adhesive.

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The only downside with this type of seal is that when you would want to have water flow out of the garage, then it would be a problem. The average cost of a two-door garage threshold seal is about $60.

3) Garage door weatherstrip

During the rainy season, water and wind find it easier to enter the garage through the gaps at the top and sides of the garage. When this happens, then you can resort to the garage door weatherstrip. A 30-foot strip for a two car garage would do the trick. The installation of this strip is also easy and straightforward.

It would be better if you would install all the different kinds of seals so that every gap around the garage is covered. This would give your garage door better protection.

In the market, you could also find complete garage door weatherstrip kits which include every kind of garage door strips which cover all the gaps.

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These types of kits would cost you less than buying separate seals individually. One complete garage weatherstrip would cost you around $80- $100. Additionally, you must buy a screwdriver, knife and a drill in case you don’t have.

For any more information or to find the best garage doors installers in your area, go to the home page and look for our garage door repair locations – in BC greater Vancouver, Alberta, and Toronto

Clarification: we do not sell threshold or garage door parts!