Garage Door R-value – What you need to know

garage-door-R-valueWhen shopping for a new garage door, you should spend some time learning more about the R-value of each one. While this may not mean anything to you right now, this is a factor you don’t want to overlook.

In short, the R-value is a standardized measurement of thermal efficiency. As a general rule of thumb, this is all that you have to remember: the higher the R-value the more energy efficient the door.

Tip: since you don’t know what is “good” and what is “bad” you should compare the R-value of several doors. This will give you an idea of where each one stands, based on the style and price.

Why is R-value Important?

Some people don’t think twice about the R-value when purchasing a new garage door. Instead, they are only worried about what they can see on the surface. This includes most commonly the style and color.

However, R-value is extremely important. The higher the value the more energy efficient your door will be. Subsequently, this can go a long way in helping control heating and cooling costs.

Questions to Ask

Since you are likely hiring a professional to install your garage door, you have somebody who can answer all your questions regarding R-value, insulation, and related details.

Here are three that you should ask:

1. What is the recommended R-value minimum? Once you know this number, deciding what to buy is much easier.

2. Should I consider a door with a higher R-value if I can afford it? Typically, it is best to opt for the door with the highest v R-value as long as every other detail is the same.

3. What type of insulation is used? This is not something you are ever going to see, but it is nice to know what is inside the garage door you are paying so much money for.

Let your garage door technician explain the importance of R-value, as well as what you need to consider when making a purchase. This information will allow you to find the door that best suits your budget, home, and energy efficiency related goals.

When it comes time to buy a garage door, don’t get so hung up on the appearance that you forget about other details that are just as important. The R-value of your new garage door should be up to your standards, ensuring that your home is more energy efficient than ever before.


About Neb Aleksic

Neb grew up in the garage door business. Since joining Doorcare he has moved up in the ranks, and now oversees a team, in addition to Doorcare's marketing efforts. He is passionate about what he does, and enjoys the small things in life.
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