During the winter, you’ll always be looking for ways to cut down on your heating costs and better weather-proof your home. One of the best ways to retain heat and lower your heating bill is to insulate your garage door since it’s one of the most exposed parts of your house. Another way is to buy a pre-made garage door insulation kits. In the off-chance that you can’t find a insulation kit, you can actually do it yourself with foam core and tape. Read on to learn more about how to insulate a garage door.
Select your insulation
Most of the time, you’ll be choosing between two types of foam: reflective foil insulation or molded polystyrene panels. The reflective foam contains two layers of polyethylene foam covered by aluminum foil and is usually cheaper than the alternative. The polystrene has a higher R value which means it is a better insulator, but you’ll be paying more for it. Choose based on your price point and what you’re willing to spend.
Install your insulation
To install your foam, all you need to do it to cut it down to the size of a garage door panel using a straightedge and a utility knife. Then use double-sided tape or aluminum foil tape to secure it. Depending on how much insulation you’re adding to your garage door, you may need to rebalance your garage door tension springs. Unless you’re familiar with garage door openers and mechanisms, this job is best left to a professional.
Weatherproof your garage door
Over time, it’s possible that the weatherproofing along the bottom of the garage door has cracked or split, making it less effective. If that’s the case, you’ll want to replace the rubber along the bottom to ensure that the garage door creates an effective seal against the outside elements.
Once again, unless you really know what you’re doing with the garage door, please leave the work to a professional. If you don’t want to deal with finding a local professional, TalkLocal can help you! TalkLocal will find you a high quality garage door professional in just minutes and you’ll be talking to them in no time!