Energy efficiency is something that we would normally consider when making home improvements, especially if it can reduce the household energy bills. Of course, being environmentally responsible is something that more and more people are getting on board with, but whether you want to ensure your property is well insulated for ethical reasons or simply to keep costs down during the winter months, your garage should not be overlooked.
Garage Doors tend to cover a large area which would otherwise be a solid, insulated wall. Making sure the door you have installed is doing a good job of keeping the heat in and the cold out or vice-versa is important if you want to guarantee more comfortable temperatures indoors, as well as preventing issues such as damp and mould.
Is Your Garage Attached To Your Home?
When it comes to insulating the home, it’s likely you’ve thought of loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and double glazing. Those with a garage which is attached to their main property may not realise just how much of an impact a poorly insulated garage space can have on the rest of the home.
Rooms situated directly above or to the side of the garage can have issues with temperature – being chilly in the winter and hot in the summer. This can lead to higher energy bills due to heating and cooling requirements. The presence of an insulated, well-fitted garage door can make a surprising difference. If your garage and main property are attached, it’s always worth looking at insulated garage doors, rather than the basic galvanised steel versions which may not perform as well.
Insulated Garage Doors
There are many pre-insulated garage doors out there on the market– most notably sectional and roller designs. Sectional doors are relatively new to the UK, although they’re already hugely popular in the US and in continental Europe. The sectional design is growing in popularity as many find these doors are easier to use than the traditional up & over opening style. This is because rather than being a large, rigid structure, the door is able to split into sections in order to move from a vertical to a horizontal position, before coming to a halt flush to the ceiling of the garage. The door opens by being raised vertically either via a motor or manually, meaning the door doesn’t ‘kick out’ of the opening, giving you more space. Well-constructed sectional doors tend to have insulation built-in. This not only keeps the garage space at a comfortable temperature, but it’s also highly secure.
A roller door or sectional door will help with the regulation of temperature within your garage space, which is hugely beneficial to those who use their garage often, or who store perishable items in this space. Many homeowners like to use their garage space as a gym or workshop, so ensuring the space is kept within a comfortable temperature range is wise.
If you’re thinking about improving the energy efficiency of your garage, make sure you shop around and do your homework. You will find lots of online companies offering ultra low prices but watch out for hidden costs and always ensure that you are being quoted for the full service including insurance backed guarantees for peace of mind. Talk to friends and family to understand their experiences of buying a new garage door too – this may just protect you from using rogue installer who may not have your best interests at heart. Remember – an insulated garage door is no good unless it is the right size, is installed professionally and is guaranteed.