Let’s face it: everyone’s garage could use a little organization. Some definitely need more than others, but there’s no question that garages seem to be one of the hardest spaces in the house to keep tidy. Because they are wide open spaces with no definite purpose, they attract all of the random household objects that don’t seem to belong anywhere. Yard supplies, tools, cars, unused furniture, seasonal decorations, and more miscellaneous objects commonly find their homes in the garage and when all of these random items come together, things can get messy pretty fast.
Everybody’s garage seems to serve a different purpose. For some, it’s simply a place to store their cars, especially during the winter. For others, it serves as a place to keep everything that they couldn’t find a place for in their house. Other people have dedicated their garage to tools and yard supplies. And a lot of people’s garages are unfortunately full of unorganized junk.
We all know that your garage is commonly the room in your home with the most uncomfortable temperature. In the summer, stepping into your garage is like stepping into a swamp. The heat and mugginess hits you right in the face. Consequently, during the winter months, if you exhale in your garage you’ll likely see a puff of white as your breath freezes in front of you. But does it need to be like this? No, it doesn’t. All you need is a bit of insulation.
We aren’t quite to winter yet, but we all know that here in Utah, fall only lasts a matter of weeks. We go from warm weather to frigid and freezing temperatures fairly quickly, and within the next month, you can expect to see quite a drop in temperatures. In fact, this winter is supposed to be pretty intense and much colder than the last few winters. What does this have to do with your garage door? Winter actually has a pretty big effect on the mechanisms within your garage door.
There are few things more frustrating than getting in your car to go to work when you’re already running late, hitting the button to open the garage, and then nothing happen. Absolutely nothing. You’re essentially trapped within your garage, and you’re no expert, so how are you supposed to figure out how to safely get yourself(and your car) out of your garage? If you are having garage problems, you should always call an expert, but here are the top reasons that your garage door isn’t working!
Sometimes, it seems like you attract bad luck. This isn’t true, but it’s sure what it feels like when your garage door comes off the tracks after midnight on a weekend, and your wife is inside sleeping, not answering the phone. Any sort of home issues can be frustrating, because they never come when you have a hefty savings account, it’s always when you just paid your mortgage and have to wait until you get paid a few weeks later to call a repairman. So, what do you do if your garage door comes off the rollers?
How Does Your Garage Door Work?
Most residential garage doors are overheads, which roll up on a track and fold up in sectional pieces to get onto the ceiling, or “overhead.” Here is a quick overview on how your overhead garage door functions… Read more
Your home’s overhead garage door probably sees a lot of action throughout the year, perhaps even being opened and closed 3 or 4 times a day. Over time, that adds up to a lot of usage and strain on a mechanical system that is dependent on several different parts. For this reason, it is important to regularly give your garage door system a little bit of love, even if it’s just taking a few minutes a year to do some general maintenance. Here are some tips on you can do some self-maintenance on your garage door… Read more
One of the most important safety features in your garage is the motion sensor, which prevents the door from closing when it senses that something is in the way. This averts such disasters as the garage door closing on a tool box, which can cause it to get a hung cable or go off its tracks. It can also prevent damage to your car if it’s halfway through the entrance when the garage door goes down. Most importantly, it prevents injury to children, adults, and animals, who all tend to dart in and out of a garage with blatant disregard of the danger of a closing garage door. Read more
Your garage provides a perfect transition between the outside world and your home. It acts as a shelter for your car, your sporting and gardening equipment, storage for food and Christmas decorations, and sometimes even a workspace for various projects. For most of these functions, it’s good for the garage to be an enclosed shelter. However, things are even better when your garage is more comfortable and insulated.
That’s why a lot of people opt for garage doors with special insulation. Here’s a guide to help you understand what that means, and how you can make the best decision for your home:
How Insulation Works
First of all, it’s important to understand that proper garage door insulation isn’t just about keeping out the weather. Effective insulation will also keep out street noise, humidity, and dust… as well as extreme temperatures, of course. Insulation for a garage is usually focused on the garage door because it’s the thinnest wall in your garage, and therefore is the worst at keeping the temperature regulated. But with proper insulation, the opposite can be true!
Common insulation materials for garage doors include:
- Polystyrene foam
- Polyurethane foam
- Foil insulant
It’s also important to note that the material of the garage door itself has inherent insulating qualities.
In the biz, we measure the insulation of your garage door using “r-values.” This refers to a material’s resistance to thermal flow. It’s often determined by an object’s thickness and density. Changes in age and moisture can also change the r-value.
Some people opt to do garage door insulation as a DIY project. It’s true that you can add elements to an existing garage door to make it more insulated, including batt insulation, foam insulation, or reflective boards. However, a garage door is unique from many other insulated surfaces in its mobility and flexibility. As it moves up and down over 1000 times per year, DIY insulation quickly becomes disrupted, messy, and ineffectual. If you want effective insulation, it’s best to opt for an insulated garage door.
Professionally-produced insulated garage doors look the same as non-insulated doors. There’s nothing to be lost in aesthetic value for your house if you choose an insulated garage door. However, you might find yourself with more limited options. For example, wooden garage doors don’t have a lot of insulation. You’ll find the highest r-values on vinyl doors.
Beyond Insulating Foam
Effective insulation for a garage door will go beyond the foam that fills the panels. Most outside air will come in through the joins in the panels and the cracks around the border of the garage door. Weatherstripping around the corners, along with sound construction, will ensure that your garage is kept warm in the winter and cool in the summer. If you’d like better insulation in your garage, give us a call.