Considering a new garage door installation? If your door is old and worn out, it’s likely about time. It can really improve the market value of your home. It is a considerable investment that requires special care.
What Kind of Garage Door Do You Want?
Aluminum garage doors have the advantage of being rust resistant and cost between $1,500 and $2,000 for a 16×7 double door. Steel doors offer the widest selection of color and price range. You can get anything from a single layer entry level door to a three layer premium model. Prices range from $750 to $3,500. Wood garage doors have a special, natural beauty, but they do require more maintenance. You can expect to pay anywhere from $1,200 to $4,000 depending on the quality. Composite garage doors offer the best of both worlds. Made of faux wood, it offers a beautiful woodsy feel without suffering the elements. Costs can range from $1,200 to $2,000.
Insulated or Uninsulated?
Even if your garage isn’t heated, whether or not it’s insulated will have a big impact on your home’s energy efficiency. If your garage is attached to the house, you’ll probably want an insulated garage door. It not only helps with the energy bills, but lessens the noise.
What Does the R-Value of Your Garage Door Mean?
When you’re considering a new garage door, you’ll likely come across R-Value pretty often. In a nutshell, the R-Value is the door’s resistance to heat flow. That’s essentially how insulated the door is. You’re probably asking yourself: “Do I even need an insulated door if I live in Sacramento, California?” Granted, cold weather isn’t much of an issue. But what’s important to remember is that an insulated door can keep the heat out just as it does the cold in cold weather climates. This means you are keeping out that hot California air, which means a cooler garage in the summer. If the garage is attached to the house, you’ll save a lot on your air conditioning bill.
How Much R-Value Do You Need?
Naturally, the higher the R-Value, the better the insulation. A well insulated garage door has an R-value of 12-18. The type of insulation used has a big effect on R-Value, as does its thickness. Polystyrene is inserted in panels of your garage door and doesn’t have a perfect, so there’s less of a seal. Polyurethane is sprayed into the door in a foam that expands and creates a better thermal seal. Polyurethane tends to have a higher R-Value, but the thickness of the door can also affect the R-Value.
Call Sac’s Garage Door Repair for a free estimate. In addition to installation, we also offer garage door opener repair to the Rancho Cordova and Greater Sacramento areas.