The R-value on a garage door tells you how well it insulates. You might think that it is not important to insulate your garage, but there are several reasons why it's necessary. If you spend time in your garage or live in a cold climate and need to keep your car protected from harsh weather, then you need to be aware of the insulation rating of your garage door.
Be sure to check the R-value of a garage door before you buy. The higher the number, the better its insulation properties. For example, if you have a good quality 1-3/8" garage door, the R-value could be as high as 6.5. For a lower-priced door, with a 9/16" thickness, the R-value could be around 4.4.
Many garages connect to the rest of the house or may have a room above them and opting for an insulated garage door can produce a big difference in utility bills. Of course, if your garage isn't attached to your house and your climate is consistently mild, you can get a garage door with a low R-value, or even no insulation at all.
Can I paint a steel garage door?
The good news is that you can definitely paint a steel garage door. If you use a good quality latex paint, it'll last a long time. Very important... do not use an oil-based paint - it will bubble and peel off.
You can paint other garage doors, too. Wood garage doors look great when painted or stained. Fiberglass garage doors can be painted, too. The great thing about painting a garage door is that you can match it to the rest of your house.
What are the advantages of aluminum garage doors?
Aluminum garage doors are easy on the mechanical parts, because of their light weight. Therefore, they have an overall longer life. However, there isn't much difference between aluminum and steel garage doors if the door is 12 feet wide or less.
Another side benefit is when the garage door is finally worn out, aluminum is recyclable, which is really good for the environment.
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