Before you get to the fun part of your garage door selection process and get to choose the color, style, and hardware for your door, you have to decide if you want an insulated or a uninsulated garage door. Of course, there are pros and cons to both options, so we’ve dedicated this post to compare the differences between the two – let’s dive into them now!
Uninsulated Garage Doors
As the name suggests, uninsulated garage doors are made without any insulation, and are instead just made with a single layer of steel. They’re typically used in detached garages or garages in locations with mild climates. The biggest perk of uninsulated garage doors is that they’re several hundred dollars cheaper than insulated garage doors. Of course, that initial cost savings may not be worth it as you’ll see in the sections below.
Besides their lack of energy efficiency, uninsulated garage doors can be less visually appealing as they physically look cheaper. They are also not as strong as insulated garage doors as they only have the single layer of steel.
Insulated Garage Doors
The second option you have when making your garage door selection process is an insulated garage door. As we hinted at above, insulated garage doors are much more energy-efficient. They’re created with two layers of steel and are considerably thicker than uninsulated doors, keeping the heat inside your garage – perfect for cooler climates, or those who spend a lot of time in their garages working on projects, or using garage gyms.
Additionally, insulated doors create much quieter garages allowing your garage to be an extension of your home as opposed to feeling like a storage facility. These doors double layered with steel are not only stronger and more durable than their uninsulated counterparts, but also look better and not as flimsy.
How to Select Your Garage Door
Your garage door selection should be entirely dependent on your lifestyle. If you live in a warm climate and don’t plan on using your garage for anything other than storing junk, you could get away with a uninsulated garage door. However, if you experience cool weather, store your cars in the garage, or use it for any sort of activity, an insulated garage door is your best bet.
It’s important to note that the initial savings that you get with a uninsulated garage door won’t necessarily save you in the long run. The energy savings you’ll experience over the lifetime of your home will make the insulated door about the same price as the uninsulated version.
Now that you have a better understanding of the differences between insulated and uninsulated garage doors, do you know which is the right one for your home? No matter which door you’re looking for, Andrews Overhead Doors is the right installer for the job. Give us a call today!