October 20, 2020

Demystify Your Garage Door Insulation

Eastman E-11, 16' x 8', Black door and overlays, 4 vertical lite Panoramic windows

Garage doors play an important role in keeping your property airtight. Since they take up a large portion of the facade of a home or business, they need to be solidly built and properly insulated to ensure air doesn’t escape. The more insulated they are, the less drafty they will be, which will help save you money on energy bills.

The residential, commercial, and industrial garage doors available at Les spécialistes des portes Exitech inc. are high-quality, structurally sound, and are well insulated, meaning they have a high R-Value. But what does that term mean? Let’s learn more about it.

What Exactly Is an R-Value?

R-Value is the term used for insulation’s thermal resistance value and the ability it has to prevent the transfer of heat. The larger the number, the harder that insulation is working to prevent heat leakage and the more energy-efficient it is.

What R-Value Should Your Garage Door Be?

The R-value required for a garage door depends on what you’re using the garage for; however, the best range for garage doors is between R-12 and R-18. If you’re only storing dry goods, a lower R-value would be acceptable. However, if you’re parking your vehicle in it in colder months or using it as a workshop, a higher value would be better.

All the varieties of garage doors available for purchase at Les spécialistes des portes Exitech inc. have one of the highest insulation ratings available—R-16.

How Does the Door’s Material Factor In?

The type of insulation used in the construction of the door helps determine its overall R-Value. The thicker the material, the more it resists heat transfer. Metal and door thickness, as well as the insulation’s density, has an impact on this number as well. Our doors at Les spécialistes des portes Exitech inc.—constructed with either aluminum or steel—have a polystyrene insulation density of 40 kg per cubic metre and door thickness of 1.75 metres. This means they’re ready for everything our ever-fluctuating Canadian weather has to throw at us.

When you’re ready to purchase your new garage door, our helpful team at Les spécialistes des portes Exitech inc. is prepared to answer any questions you have. Get a quote here, or call us anytime at 1-800-470-0135.

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