There’s a lot that goes into choosing or creating the perfect garage door for your home. From the style to the color to the window choice and treatment, there’s a lot to decide. But a question that never fails to come up in the decision-making process: Should I insulate my garage door?
The short answer: yes. In addition to providing one of the most impressive returns on investment, there are many other benefits to insulating your garage door. Most of those reasons stem from one main perk — temperature control.
Why you should consider an insulated garage door
With Colorado’s hot summers, cold winters, and unexpected temperature swings in between, your home has to put out a lot of extra energy to control the temperature in your garage. But with added insulation, you can experience benefits like:
- Increased energy efficiency
- Added protection of your belongings
- Lower garage door maintenance
- Longer-lasting garage door
- Increased sound isolation
Here, we’re sharing some of the best insulated garage doors and everything you need to know about them, including their R-value, or insulation rating. The key to remember here? The higher the number, the more efficient the garage door is.
Wayne Dalton Garage Doors
R-value: 4.36 – 16.22
Door types: Carriage House Steel, Classic Steel, Fiberglass, Contemporary Aluminum
Best for: Classic, Ranch, and Carriage homes
Wayne Dalton is a tried and trusted maker of strong and stylish garage doors, with some models providing an R-value of up to 16.22. On top of impressive insulation options, several of their models also let you add a bottom-weather seal, which blocks draft and debris from getting inside your garage (or out). Finally, all of their garage doors are hot-dipped in galvanized steel and topped with a polyester coat. What does that mean for you? No paint touch-ups.
Amarr Garage Doors
R-value: 6.64 – 19.40
Door types: Steel (some with a genuine wood appearance!)
Best for: Carriage homes
Built with heavy-duty, low-maintenance steel, Amarr Garage Doors are incredibly tough and energy-efficient. Most models offer double- or triple-layer steel and insulation — all made with vinyl-coated polystyrene. Their innovative designs are made with three sections instead of the standard four, giving your garage door a much more authentic carriage look and feel.
Martin Garage Doors
R-value: 8.0 – 14.0
Door types: Copper metal (99.9%), Steel
Best for: Classic, Contemporary, and Modern homes
Martin Garage Doors has an incredible range of garage doors options — everything from style and design to colors and wood grains to smooth or embossed powder coat colors. All of their insulated garage doors also have a steel backing, which gives it added noise reduction and durability. Above all, though, it makes for an incredibly low-maintenance garage door with minimal upkeep.
Northwest Door Garage Doors
R-value: 9.0 – 16.0
Door types: Extruded aluminum, Modern Tech™ steel, Therma Tech™ steel, Natural Wood
Best for: Classic, Contemporary, Carriage, and Modern homes
With its trademarked materials, Northwest Door knows a thing or two about insulated garage doors. Most models let you choose your insulation type (and thickness) with options like polyvinyl honeycomb core panels, or polystyrene or urethane insulated panels. If you want to lessen your economic and environmental impact even more, some Northwest Door models use 25% recycled aluminum in the frame, and they recycle any leftover manufacturing scraps.
Clopay Garage Doors
R-value: 6.5 – 20.4
Door types: Aluminum, Steel (with a wood finish) and Composite,
Best for: Carriage, Contemporary, Traditional, and Modern
Manufactured right here in the U.S., Clopay Garage Doors are all built with their unique Intellicore® insulation technology. It’s a proprietary polyurethane foam that’s injected into your garage door, which then expands to fill the entire space. Because the insulation is dense, it has an added bonus of blocking out extra noise.
Like Northwest Door, Clopay is also mindful of its environmental impact and works to conserve natural resources with every garage door that’s built. And with one of the highest R-values in the market, it’s no surprise Clopay is also backed by the Good Housekeeping Seal.
C.H.I. Overhead Doors
R-value: 7.94 – 17.54
Door types: Full-view aluminum, Steel (with Woodtones), Glass & Steel
Best for: Modern, Contemporary
Known as ‘The Quality Garage Door™,’ C.H.I. proves you don’t have to sacrifice meticulous design for quality structure. These garage doors include polystyrene and or polyurethane, with some models offering insulation of up to two inches thick. C.H.I.’s full-view aluminum doors have also been put to the noise test and have a certified sound transmission class rating of 27.
American Garage Door: Your go-to for quality insulated garage doors in Denver
When it comes to choosing the best insulated garage door for your home, turn to the experts at American Garage Door. We carry the highest-quality brands to ensure you invest in a door that not only looks good but also provides added value and function. From there, our experienced technicians can ensure a seamless installation process from start to finish.