It doesn’t matter if you live in the middle of a desert or on a snow-capped mountain; garage door insulation is important! Not only does it keep heat in, it retains cool air as well. Your garage door helps to maintain a comfortable temperature for everything in your garage as well as your home. However, as with any insulated space, there is the chance that adding windows can compromise insulation. Many of our clients ask us if the same concern is valid with garage doors.
It is true that if you choose a garage door with windows, there is potential for insulation loss. However, just like with choosing windows for your house, choosing windows on a garage door matters too. The benefit of choosing a garage door with windows is not only that it looks nice on the outside for curb appeal, but they also let a decent amount of natural light into otherwise dim garages. Furthermore, if you choose windows that can open, you can get good amounts of ventilation for projects like painting that require fumes to be released. For most, it’s ideal to be able to complete projects without opening up the garage door so the world can see what you are doing.
If you are shopping for a garage door, keep in mind the type of windows on the garage door as well. Single pane glass provides very poor insulation, and, in general, isn’t as sturdy as you would like. Real glass windows tend to look the best, but there are window options made from non-glass materials, though they can accrue scratches more easily. If you do decide to go with glass, always look for a door with sealed, double pane glass for the best insulation.
If you are looking for a new garage door, or simply want to repair the old one, contact us today. We can furnish you with not only garage doors, but all the information you need to make the best decision.