Options for Keeping Your Garage Warm in the Winter

Does your garage get chilly during the winter months? Many people do not heat their garage due to the extra cost, but it can make it uncomfortable to use and may have a cooling impact on the home. If you want to keep your garage warmer without heating it, there are options. Consider these tips to help winterize your garage and keep it at a more favorable temperature when it gets cold outside.

Replace Worn Weather Strips

If the weather strip on your garage door or doors is splitting or cracking, it is time to replace this component. Worn weather strips can allow air and moisture to seep inside your garage. You can attempt to replace the strip yourself or your local garage door service can do this for you.

Insulate Your Garage Door

You can add insulation to your existing garage door to help keep your garage warmer. However, if you are already considering replacing your garage door, why not choose a pre-insulated door and skip the extra cost? Choose a garage door with a higher R-value for improved insulating properties.

Add Insulation to Your Garage

You can insulate the walls and ceiling of your garage to keep it warmer. If this is too much trouble or expense, at least insulate any windows. You can buy inexpensive window insulation kits that are clear shrinking sheets that you apply with a hair dryer, helping reduce cold air entering your garage.

Make sure your garage is ready for winter and enjoy the benefits of a warmer garage. With a few fixes, you can improve the climate control in your garage, keeping it warmer in the winter and reducing energy costs for your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

5 Features to Consider When Buying a New Garage Door

When replacing a garage door, you have an opportunity to improve the function, security and beauty of this important component of your home and garage. While price is always a determining factor, there are features that may be worth considering when choosing your next door. Here are five features that you may want to look at when researching which garage door to purchase.

  1. Insulation. A well-insulated garage door can be beneficial for sound-proofing and energy efficiency. Consider going with a higher-rated insulation for the best function.
  2. Design. Your garage door is one of the first features that people see when they come to your home. Get a design that enhances your curb appeal and adds beauty to your home.
  3. Windows. Windows can let light into your garage and add a stylish look to your home. However, consider security; it is often a good idea to use glass that lets in light, but does not allow intruders to look inside your garage.
  4. Metal or wood? There are several material types to consider, either made from metal or wood. Research the different options and the pros and cons of each to find the best fit for your needs.
  5. Wind-resistance. In some areas of the country, wind-resistance is very important in a garage door. Make sure you get a sturdy door that is rated for the highest wind speeds that can be expected in your geological region.

There is more to choosing a new garage door than just price. Talk to your local garage door company to find the best option to add security, beauty and value to your home.

Posted on behalf of: 
Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Is Your Garage Door Wasting Energy?

Many people are energy conscious nowadays. Not only is it important for the environment to be aware of the energy you use, it is also important for your bank account. Finding ways to conserve on energy use around your home can reduce strain on natural resources while saving you money off your utility bills each month. One area you may not have considered as part of your energy savings plan is your garage. Is your garage door wasting energy and costing you money every month?

Insulation is Crucial for Energy Efficiency

One of the main ways garage doors waste energy is due to a lack of insulation. Garage doors cover the largest opening to your home if you have an attached garage. These can lose a large amount of heated or cooled air every time they open, plus they can allow outside temperatures to impact your home even when they are closed. Energy-efficient doors are well insulated, usually with an R-value of above 12 – the higher the value, the more energy efficient it can be, helping reduce energy loss from heating or cooling.

Other Energy Factors

The insulation is not the only way garage doors can affect your home’s energy use. Poorly weather stripping on the bottom of the door can allow air to seep inside. Make sure this stripping is replaced as needed. Also, a garage door opening system that is not regularly maintained may need to work harder to open and close the door, using more energy on a daily basis.

The best way to ensure your garage door is as energy efficient as possible is to schedule a professional inspection and service. Talk to your local garage door service company about ways to improve your garage door’s efficiency to reduce energy waste and save money.

Is Your Garage Door Properly Insulated?

To save money, many builders or homeowners neglect to buy insulated garage doors, either when the home is first built or when a garage door is replaced. While insulated doors can be more expensive, they also can save money on energy costs by reducing the amount of heat or cooled air that’s lost through the garage. In addition, insulated garage doors reduce noise from outside and can help sound proof your garage. Even if your garage door is new, you can still add insulation to the door to gain these benefits. 

Insulating An Existing Garage Door

There are insulation kits which can be added to a garage door. You can choose to buy your own kit and install it yourself, or call your local garage door service company to install one for you. For most two-car garages, you are looking at a couple hundred dollars to install it yourself. However, many homeowners choose to have a professional do it for them, as there often is not a large difference in price to have it professionally installed. 

Need A New Garage Door?

If your garage door is older and will need to be replaced in the next few years, it may be better to just replace the door with a new, insulated door versus spending money on insulation. There are many options in insulated doors, from carriage-style doors to heavy-duty steel doors that are both insulated and wind resistant. 

Talk to your local garage service company about what is the best insulation rating for your area and home. Whether you are adding insulation or buying a new insulated garage door, you want to ensure that you have the right amount of insulation for your home.

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Garage Door Upgrade

If you are one of the millions of Americans who use their garage for more than just storing their car, installing a new energy efficient insulated garage door can increase the energy efficiency and comfort level in your garage.  An insulated garage door helps hold in the heat in the winter months and the cool air in summer.  If you use your garage as a work area or for family recreation, an insulated garage door can make a big difference in your family’s comfort level. 

However, before you invest in a new garage door, consider upgrading your existing garage door.  If your old garage door is still in good condition, you may be able to improve its energy efficiency and comfort by installing an insulation kit rather than buying a new garage door.  Do-it-yourself garage door insulation kits are available that can increase a garage door’s insulation value as high as R-8. 

However, these insulation kits only insulate the door panels.  They are not designed to seal air leaks at the joints between panels.  If your garage door has air leaks between the door panels, you are better off with a new energy efficient garage door.  Modern insulated steel garage doors have very high R-values and are designed with tight fitting joints to keep out air leaks from between door panels.

The energy saving characteristics of insulated steel doors are only one reason they are so popular.  Modern steel garage doors are attractive, durable, and easy to maintain.  They come in a wide variety of colors and styles and have high tech, baked-on finish.  A simple hosing or wipe down with a sponge will help them maintain their good looks for years.  They are also much quieter than non-insulated steel doors.  A new garage door is a worthwhile upgrade to almost any home.

Garage Ventilation for Safety

With all the emphasis by garage door makers and even the Environmental Protection Agency on R ratings and insulation, the tendency might be for a homeowner to want to heavily insulate not just the garage door, but the entire garage, especially if the garage is being used for purposes other than storing an automobile, such as a workshop. 

But while insulating can save you a few dollars on your energy bills, over-insulating or insulating your garage without proper ventilation, however, is a disaster waiting to happen. Just read your local newspaper. There are numerous stories every year of explosions caused by storing combustible materials or running generators in the garage without proper ventilation.  In many cases, the damage to property and the injuries could have been avoided had the property owner taken a few simple precautions. 

1. Don’t treat your garage like a room. Garages are meant for storing automobiles. Many people have gotten into trouble by using half their garage for car storage and half for a workshop. 

2. Don’t store combustible materials in your garage and if you ever do work with the chemicals in the garage, do so with the garage door and all doors and windows fully open. Fires have been known to ignite even with garage doors partially open. Also, unless you absolutely need to store hazardous chemicals for use, consider getting rid of them safely through your local authorities. Why keep something around if it’s a danger to your family and property? 

3. Don’t over insulate. Sure, adding an insulated garage door may improve energy efficiency, but does the entire garage need insulation? Consult an expert about this because, depending on your home’s structure and design, you may not need an abundance of insulation in order to benefit from energy savings. 

4. If you do add insulation, make sure that you add ventilation at the same time.  This is most important of all. There are many ways you can add ventilation, including adding vents to the garage door. Talk to a garage door specialist about your options.

Selecting a New Garage Door

Selecting a garage door for your new or existing home is an important consideration.  A garage door can substantially increase the comfort and pleasure you have in your home, and help when it comes time to sell your house later on.

When looking for a new garage door, homeowners should consider the design of their home.  Are you looking to upgrade your existing design?  Perhaps you have always dreamed of a carriage door design instead of a traditional louvered door.  Consider how this door would look in your neighborhood and on your house. 

Always consider purchasing garage doors that are insulated.  While it is true that non-insulated garage doors are less expensive, insulated garage doors provide sound deadening qualities, and noticeably improve your comfort in and outside your home.  Well insulated garage doors also will cut down on your heating and cooling bills, making your home more environmentally friendly.

Consider the components of the garage door.  Is there a warranty that extends to the point when you anticipate no longer being in the house?  Are the springs, rollers, and blades made of a high quality material?  Speaking with a professional contractor can help provide you with suggestions on the best type of materials for your home.

Your goal when you purchase a new garage door is to find a door that will complement your current home style and design, be cost effective and efficient, and provide you with the safety and security that your family deserves.

When it comes time to install a new garage door, always contact a local, licensed and insured garage door professional.

Garage Door Basics

A new garage door can be made from a variety of materials, but wood, steel, aluminum, and vinyl are the most common.  Steel doors have become more popular than wood doors in recent years.  Steel doors are often made with a painted, wood grain finish, but they last longer than wood doors. Steel doors do not rot like a wood door can and their factory finish usually lasts longer.  If a wood finish is important, there are steel doors manufactured with a wood veneer.

Most garage doors are sectional doors mounted on rollers.   Unlike doors made out of a single panel, sectional doors do not swing out as they open so a driver does not have to be careful of how close they park to the garage door.

Garage doors are available insulated or uninsulated.  Insulated garage doors can help reduce your heating and cooling costs.

Garage doors use either a torsion spring or extension spring to help lift the weight of the door.   A torsion spring mounts over the head of the door and is attached to the door by a cable which is wrapped around a pulley attached to each end of the torsion spring.  As the door closes, the spring is wound up.  As the door opens, the spring unwinds as it helps lift the door. 

Extension springs are also attached to the door by cables.  Extension springs stretch as the door is closed, then, as the door is opened, the spring retracts and helps lifts the door.

Your local garage door professional can help you choose the right garage door for your home.