Updating Your Existing Garage Door for Improved Energy Efficiency

Posted on: 14 September 2022


One area often overlooked when addressing energy efficiency in residential properties is the garage door. For many people, the garage is just a place to park the car, but if there is living space connected to the garage, cold air could get in through the garage door and cost you money on heating. 

Upgrading Your Garage Door

The original garage door installation on your home was most likely fine, but over time the door can loosen up, allowing air to get in. Most residential garage doors are also aluminum and vinyl that are not well insulated, so they can allow cold or heat to transfer through the panels. 

If your door is old and no longer doing a good job of keeping heat and cold out of the garage, you may want to consider updating the door. An insulated door can perform better and offer additional protection against the weather and noise. Residential garage doors are available with insulation between the aluminum and vinyl panels to reduce the heat and cold getting into the space. 

The insulation also reduces noise transfer, so if you are using the space as additional living space, that can be vital. The available door designs are similar to most residential garage doors, so finding a replacement that matches your existing door is less complicated. After the garage door installation is complete, most people will not notice the difference. 

Garage Door Installtion

When you are ready for a new garage door, finding a local garage door installation contractor that sells, services, and installs the doors is an excellent starting point. The contractor can come and inspect the current garage door and hardware and, in many cases, reuse the existing tracks, door opener, and other hardware for the new garage door installation. 

If the garage door you select is heavier, the installer may need to upgrade some of the hardware to ensure it works correctly, but they can tell you what will work when they examine your existing door and hardware. If you have air leaking around the edges of the garage door, this is a good time to address it.

If you have damage to the door seals, the installer can replace them, and adjust the new door to ensure it seals when closed. The combination of the insulation in the door panels, new seals, and proper door adjustments can significantly impact the door's performance. 

Homes with space above or adjacent to the garage may see a reduction in heating and cooling costs, lower noise levels in those areas, and an overall improvement in your home's energy efficiency. While it does not come without a cost, the long-term savings and improved door performance may be worth the expense in your home.

For additional information, contact a garage door installation service in your area today.