Weather Considerations When Shopping For A New Garage Door
If you are looking to replace your old garage door, then there are some things that you want to consider before you make a purchase. One such topic to think about is whether or not your garage door can stand up to the elements.
Is your new door properly insulated?
If you live in an area that gets very cold or very warm, then insulation is probably a top priority, especially if you enjoy the benefits of an HVAC system. However, just one point of failure in your home can result in dramatically increased electricity bills because your heater or air conditioner was forced to work overtime to compensate for the lack of insulation.
To that end, you want to make sure that your new garage door will be sufficiently insulated. At first glance, both wood and steel might seem like poor choices when it comes to insulation. After all, wood can warp pretty dramatically when exposed to the elements and steel is very good at conducting heat. Thankfully, both of these materials are often treated and sealed, which results in a door that is suitably insulated.
If you want to ensure that your garage door is ready for any type of weather, then you could consider adding some additional insulation to the interior of the door. This won't take terribly long and will only increase the thickness of the door by a few inches. it also shouldn't have a significant impact on how the door functions.
Can your new door withstand rain?
If you live somewhere that gets even a small amount of rain, then you want to make sure that you invest in a garage door that won't allow moisture to seep into your garage. For this, you will primarily want to look at whether the bottom of the garage door is sealed.
While the rain itself does seem like it would be the primary concern when it comes to water damage, there is a good chance that the rain won't even directly hit your garage door. Most garage doors are either recessed or have an awning that protects them from the rain. This means that you want to primary worry about water that builds up on the ground, near the base of the door.
A proper seal on the bottom of the garage door will effectively prevent any water from getting into your garage in most cases. However, not every garage door comes with a suitable seal already in place. In such cases, you might need to actually install a seal yourself or shop for a different door.
For a garage door, contact a company such as America's Garage Doors LLC.