Choosing between an insulated and uninsulated garage doors is a decision homeowner’s often run into when discussing the installation of a new or replacement garage door. Insulated garage doors save energy (and by extension, money) by keeping the garage cooler in summer and warmer in winter, however, the cost is often slightly higher than what you would pay for a uninsulated (or non insulated) garage door. In this post, we discuss the pro’s and con’s of both insulated and uninsulated (non insulated) garage doors to hopefully help facilitate a better, more informed, decision. First, lets discuss the basics.
Insulated vs. Uninsulated Garage Doors
Some of the biggest factors in deciding between an insulated or uninsulated (non insulated) garage door are:
- Where is your garage located and how much time do you spend in there? Is there a reason that you would like to keep it more comfortable (temperature wise)?
- What is your up front budget?
- Are you seeking to make your home more energy efficient?
- Where do you live and what direction does your home face? Would your home benefit from greater insulation?
Choosing to spend a little more up front for an insulated garage door will help keep your garage, and home, more comfortable in the heat of the summer and the cool of the winter. This will also reduce your cost to heat and cool your home during the winter and summer months, respectively. That said, if your garage faces the perfect direction to capture the sun in the winter and the shade in the summer, then this greater up-front cost may not make sense for your home. These decisions can sometimes be quite straightforward, but for others, the decision requires a bit more investigation. Read on below to help determine whether an insulated garage door is right for you.
Overview of Insulated Garage Doors
In terms of composition, an insulated garage door has two steel layers which house the insulation between them. Compared to an uninsulated (non-insulated) garage door, they are thicker, heavier and are far more energy-efficient. If your garage door is attached to your home, or you spend a lot of time in your garage, insulated garage doors are a wonderful option.
What Is The Cost Of Insulated Garage Doors?
The average cost of a two-car insulated garage door in Colorado is around $1,700 and goes up from there depending upon style and features. The average cost of a single car, insulated garage door averages around $900 and up (depending upon style and features). Insider Scoop – G Brothers can get you a standard insulated two car garage for less than the state wide average! Give us a call today for details!
So Let’s Discuss the Pro’s of an Insulated Garage Doors
- Stylish: Insulated garage doors are often more attractive. They are typically available in more styles and color options. The stylish nature of these doors also improves the curb appeal of your home which also provides you a great return on your investment if you were to sell or have your home appraised.
- Sturdiness: Insulated garage doors are generally sturdier as well. This, coupled with the stylish look of these doors, makes insulated garage doors a great option looking for someone who is looking for both style and functionality.
- Energy-efficient: Because an insulated garage door reduces hot or cold air from entering the garage, it lowers your energy bill. This can lead to a sizable savings, particularly if you have an attached garage where the temperature of your garage directly impacts the temperature and energy requirements of your home.
- Strength: An insulated garage door provides more strength due to a double layer of steel. This makes them more resistant to dings and dents.
- Security: Protecting your property is the main reason that you need a garage door to begin with. To that end, it makes more sense to select a door that provides a more robust and durable construction. The additional layer of steel added to keep the insulation material in place makes the door sturdier and resistant to damage.
Now, Let’s Talk About the Cons for Insulated Garage Doors
- Cost more: Compared to uninsulated garage doors, they cost more up front. You are paying for the additional layer of steel which adds more strength and durability, and the insulation that traps heat/cold air from entering. It is important to note that generally the higher upfront cost pays for itself in energy savings, but sometimes, energy savings is not a factor so the higher cost of an insulated door simply doesn’t make sense.
Overview of Uninsulated Garage Door
An uninsulated (or non-insulated) garage door is created using only one steel layer. As suggested by the name, there is no insulation. An uninsulated garage door is commonly used for unattached garages, areas with a mild climate, or for those on a budget.
What Is The Cost Of Uninsulated Garage Doors?
The average two-car, uninsulated (non-insulated) garage door in Colorado is around $1,000, with installation included. Alternately, the average cost of a single-car uninsulated garage door is between $800 and $1,000. Similar to the insulated option, G Brothers Garage Doors can install a new non-insulated garage door for you for cheaper than the national average. Call us today to find out how!
Pros of Uninsulated Garage Doors
- Pricing: Choosing to go with an uninsulated (non-insulated) can save you a couple hundred dollars in upfront cost.
- Design: These doors can also be stylish and functional. They are available in a number of finishes and colors.
Cons of Uninsulated Garage Doors
- Less attractive: There are typically less options available for uninsulated (non-insulated) doors. This could potentially impact the appearance of your home.
- Not energy efficient: There is very little protection provided by an uninsulated (non-insulated) door when it comes to hot or cold air entering the garage. If you have an attached garage, an uninsulated (non-insulated) garage door can have a significant impact on the heating and cooling of your entire home.
- Less strength: Due to only being a single steel layer, uninsulated (non-insulated) garage doors are not nearly as sturdy as insulated doors. This makes it easier to ding or dent.
With the information provided on the pros and cons of insulated garage door, including other considerations in choosing the right option for your home or business, we know you’ll be able to make the right choice for your needs. But if you’re still struggling to weigh your needs, give us a call. We provide a very honest discussion to ensure that you are getting the garage door that is right for YOU.
Alternately, if you have already made the decision that is best for you, give us a call and let’s talk about how we can install the perfect door for YOU, for the perfect price. Call G Brothers Garage Doors today at 720.421.6489