Replacing Your Doors and Windows? Don’t Forget the Garage!trustone3
Replacing Your Doors and Windows? Don’t Forget the Garage!
When replacing a home’s old doors and windows, many homeowners overlook the largest one of all – the garage door. Old doors are nowhere near as energy efficient as their modern counterparts. If you have an attached garage, the energy that is lost through it can be quite costly. During the summer months, your garage can become extremely hot. And that heat is more likely to seep into your house. Conversely, in the winter months, cold air can leak through a poorly insulated garage door and find its way into your home. This results in your furnace working harder to keep your home warm, and your energy bills to skyrocket. If you would like to beef up your garage insulation and protect it from the extreme temperatures of the season, install a replacement garage door.
There are a few things to consider before purchasing a new garage door. First, determine what size door you’ll need. You may have a custom size that needs to be specially ordered.
Now that you know what size you need, you’ll need to figure out what style you prefer. If you are also having replacement windows installed, choose a door that best matches their design and material. Common garage doors are usually made of wood or metal. Metal doors are either steel or aluminum, while many newer doors are made of fiberglass or another lightweight and durable material. You will want to choose the style of garage door that fits in best with the rest of your home and doesn’t appear out of place. Wooden doors tend to be a popular choice because the traditional material can match any modern or classic design style.
Next, decide if you want windows. Windows can be an attractive addition to a garage, but remember that they can be broken. If you have a basketball hoop set up in your driveway, there is a good chance that a garage window or two will be broken. However, having windows in your garage allows natural light into a normally dark area. You can have these windows tinted so people can’t see your belongings inside, but you’ll be able to see out. If you do want windows on your garage door, make sure they are rated for exterior use and are energy efficient.
Decide if you would like an automatic opener. If your current garage door already is attached to an automatic opener, it should be no problem attaching a new replacement door to the mechanism. If you are having a new garage door opener installed, make sure it is installed correctly and everything is properly supported.
Finally, make sure you have a rubber lip or weather strip on the bottom edging. This will create a seal so outside air, rain and moisture can’t get into your garage, and inside heat or coolness can’t escape. You’ll be amazed at the reduction in energy costs when you install a new garage door.