The first 65ºF day, or if you live in the high country, the first snowfall can quickly highlight the importance of an insulated garage door. These have been designed to reduce the transmission of cold and heat, increasing comfort and lowering heating and cooling costs. Ideally, when purchasing a new garage door, you should choose insulated to prevent the headache of dealing with high energy bills and using a kit to add insulation later.

According to Remodeling’s annual Cost vs. Value report, a new garage door foam insulated to a minimum R-value of 12 has a 93.8 percent return on investment (ROI). R-value represents the material’s ability to resist heat transmission. The project’s potential for a substantial ROI along with energy savings makes it one of the most valuable home improvement projects that must be professionally installed when improving curb appeal.

In addition to the potential for monetary savings, insulation further increase comfort by providing quieter operation by isolating the vibrations associated with opening and closing the door, often four times per day. If noise reduction is essential to you, you may also want to consider investing in a belt-drive opener, along with a premium set of ball-bearing nylon rollers to ensure quiet operation.

Polystyrene or Polyurethane

The most common types of insulation used are polystyrene and polyurethane. While there are advantages with both types, polyurethane injected foam is the most energy-efficient, making it an excellent choice for Valley homeowners who frequently open and close the garage door.

The beauty of polystyrene insulation is that, while it can be added during manufacturing, it is also available as an aftermarket product should you decide to insulate an existing door. However, this has downsides, so choosing between these two insulation options when using the door designer is recommended.

Have Your New Garage Door Professionally Installed

Invest in sound isolation, climate control, and energy efficiency by contacting a professional installer to purchase a new garage door insulated with polystyrene or polyurethane materials. You can design your new system using our online designer and take advantage of savings with our monthly specials.

All installation projects include removing the existing system, installing its replacement, connecting the automatic opener, and completing professional clean-up. The installer will also install all critical components, like the torsion or extension springs, and answer any questions you may have.

Apex Garage Door & Repair can install, maintain, or repair all garage door or garage door opener models, along with essential system components, often that same day. That includes replacing broken springs, installing ball-bearing nylon rollers, and repairing common problems. Schedule an appointment with a local garage door repair, service, and installation company today.


“2021 Cost vs. Value Report.” Remodeling.

“Buyer’s Guide to Insulated Garage Doors.” Clopay.

“Recommended Home Insulation R-Values.” Energy Star.


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