Investing in a new garage door can be confusing with so many options available. One of the most frequently asked questions we get asked is, “should I get an insulated or uninsulated garage door?”. This blog lists the pros and cons of both options to help you make a decision.
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Cost is often the first thing on people’s minds. The straightforward fact is that insulated garage doors are more expensive than uninsulated ones, which can make uninsulated doors more attractive. However, there are many benefits to insulated garage doors that can make them a worthwhile investment, including giving your home a higher resale value.
One of the main reasons insulated garage doors are viewed in high esteem is that they add to the energy efficiency of a home. During harsh Australian winters and sweltering summers, an insulated garage door ensures that the temperature is kept consistent in the garage all year round. This saves on heating costs and keeps the garage more comfortable, which is especially important if it’s used for hobbies or if you have pets that sleep in there. It also protects your valuable items from weather-related damage, such as dampness and rust.
If your garage is detached, this is not as big of a concern because it doesn’t affect the overall energy rating of your house. Plus, you may decide not to choose an insulated door if your garage is used often or left open for long periods of time because this downplays the benefits of good insulation, as energy is lost through the open door.
Because they are more expensive and have better structural integrity to create the insulation, the quality of an insulated garage door is generally higher than an uninsulated garage door. They are quieter to operate and have a sturdy appearance, whereas uninsulated may appear flimsy and dwindle in function over time. This can make the ongoing costs of an uninsulated door higher, making an insulated door a more cost-effective option for the long term.
Of course, you can install a high-quality uninsulated door that has a great appearance, but it has a higher chance of wearing quicker and showing this through its appearance and sounds.
Because insulated garage doors are generally better quality, they tend to deter intruders and their structure can offer increased protection. On the other hand, a cheaper uninsulated garage door can be perfectly safe with the right locks and alarms in place, as long as it’s maintained to a high degree.
Overall, what you choose comes down to weighing up if you would make the most out of the benefits that come with an insulated door for a greater initial cost, or if the less expensive option will serve you just as well.
Here at Goldcoast Door Centre, we have a range of insulated and uninsulated garage doors for you to choose from, which are all of a brilliant quality. Our friendly team will be happy to help you choose between the two depending on your budget and requirements, so don’t hesitate to get in contact today on 07 5535 5100.