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December 2, 2018

Warm Up with an Insulated Garage Door

This winter, you might continuously be thinking of ways to keep to your home warm. Maybe you’ve added insulation to your attic or crawl space; installed new exterior doors with tight weather seals; or even had replacement windows put in. But have you thought about the garage door? After all, it is the largest opening that connects the inside of your home to the outdoors. With those blustery December nights yet to come, an insulated garage door might need to make its way to the top of your list. 

ENGERY: You may be wondering what exactly an insulated garage door can do for your home. It will save energy, for starters. When thinking of reducing energy use, it’s customary for homeowners to think of energy-efficient windows or revamped heating/cooling systems - not a garage door. Construction standards for garages are different than a home’s interior because they are not considered “living spaces.” As a result, garages can contain gaps and air leaks, making it one, if not theleast energy-efficient part of a home. An insulated door will regulate the temperature in your garage, which will ultimately reduce energy used for heating.

PROTECTION: If stored in a garage with an insulated door, your vehicles and belongings will avoid damages that freezing temperatures can cause. A garage with an insulated door keeps that space (on average) about ten degrees warmer. This may not seem like a significant temperature increase, but your car battery dependably works between 30 and 90 degrees. A lower temperature in your garage will likely prevent your car from running properly. As much as you depend on your car, especially in the winter, think hard about that insulated garage door and how it can impact the life and reliability of your car. 

CONVENIENCE: Have you ever thought about how convenient a warmer garage could be? By design, garages already have less insulation than the rest of your house. With an insulated garage door upping the temp about ten degrees, that added warmth will make a world of difference. Think about older individuals getting in and out of their cars, moving children back and forth from the car to the house or even using the space for hobbies during the winter. You can certainly find ways to heat your garage if you’ll be spending a chunk of time in there. But what about the rest of the time? Regardless of how you use your garage, an insulated door will make everything you do in this space easier - and warmer!  

So now the question is this: are you ready to purchase and have an insulated garage door installed? At Fischer Lumber, we proudly carry Hörmann Garage Doors. These quality doors are safe, secure and energy-efficient. Each Hörmann door boasts an insulated polystyrene core to help you save energy, while adding warmth and a level of durability to protect your interior space. Call us today at (618) 259-7434 or drop by our showroom in E. Alton. We have plenty to see and our experienced staff will help you select the Hörmann door that’s right for you and your home.