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Energy efficiency is something that most of us understand and will consider when making home improvements, not least because it can make a big difference to your bills. Of course, being environmentally responsible is something that more and more people are getting on board with, but whether you want to ensure your property is well insulated for ethical reasons or simply to keep costs down during the winter months, your garage should not be overlooked.
Garage doors tend to cover a large area which would otherwise be a solid, insulated wall. Making sure the door you have installed is doing a good job of keeping the heat in and the cold out (or the opposite during warm summer months) is important if you want to guarantee more comfortable temperatures indoors, as well as preventing issues such as damp and mould.
Is Your Garage Attached To Your Home?
When it comes to insulating the home, it’s likely you’ve thought of loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and double glazing. Those with a garage which is attached to their main property (either just on one side or on multiple sides, perhaps with a room situated directly above) may not realise just how much of an impact a poorly insulated garage space can have on the rest of the home.
Rooms situated directly above or to the side of the garage can have issues with temperature – being chilly in the winter and stuffy in the summer. This can lead to higher energy bills due to heating and cooling requirements. The presence of an insulated, well-fitted garage door can make a surprising difference. If your garage and main property are attached, it’s always worth looking at insulated garage doors, rather than the basic galvanised steel versions which may not perform as well.
Insulated Garage Doors
There are many pre-insulated garage doors out there on the market– most notably sectional and roller designs. Sectional doors are relatively new to the UK, although they’re already hugely popular in the US and in continental Europe. The sectional design is growing in popularity as many find these doors easier to use than the traditional up & over opening style. This is because rather than being a large, rigid structure, the door is able to split off into sections in order to move from a vertical to a horizontal position, before coming to a halt flush to the ceiling of the garage. The door opens by being raised vertically either via a motor or manually, meaning the door doesn’t ‘kick out’ of the opening, giving you more space. Well-constructed sectional doors tend to have insulation built-in. For example, one of the UK’s leading garage door suppliers and installers, Evander, has a sectional range which is constructed from twin-walled steel with an insulated core. This not only keeps the garage space at a comfortable temperature, but it’s also highly secure.
Evander’s roller doors are also twin-walled with an insulating core, except they’re constructed from aluminium rather than steel. This means the roller doors are light, durable and strong. They also come with an electric motor as standard, although you are welcomed to opt for a manual version.
Either of these garage door options will make a big difference to the regulation of temperature within your garage space, which is hugely beneficial to those who use their garage often, or who store perishable items in there. Many homeowners like to use their garage space as a gym or workshop, so ensuring the space is kept within a comfortable temperature range is wise.
Letting Nature Keep You Warm
If you have your heart set on a more traditional up & over garage door, fear not. You can get insulated versions, except in this case the insulating properties are entirely natural. Solid timber garage doors are not only attractive and highly secure, but they provide a decent level of natural insulation which will prevent your garage from becoming much too cold or much too warm. This will help to protect any belongings stored in the garage and protects your vehicle from extremes.
As well as specialising in insulated designs, Evander also have a wide range of timber garage doors which can be fitted with a canopy or tracked opening mechanism. They can be upgraded to open and close using an electronic motor, which may be of interest to those who worry about the weight of the door panel. As with all of VPS247 garage doors, solid timber designs are fully customisable to suit your property, so you don’t have to sacrifice style for practicality.
If you’re thinking about improving the energy efficiency of your garage, make sure you shop around to get a variety of quotes. Watch out for hidden costs and always ask that you are quoted for the full service, just in case. Talk to friends and family to understand their experiences of buying a new garage door too – this may just protect you from using rogue installer who may not have your best interests at heart. Remember – an insulated garage door is no good unless it is the right size and is installed professionally.