R-Value and What Does This Mean to You?

How many people actually use their garage for its intended purpose–to house your car(s)?  The majority of people do actually use their garage to park their car, but there is is a fair percentage of people who leave their cars outside to “brave the elements” while they use their garage as a workshop or a storage area. Regardless of how you use your garage, it is important that the door keeping it closed and secure is of good quality and is well-insulated (good R-value).

What is R-value and why is it so important? The R-value is an indicator of how insulated the garage door is.  The higher the R-value, the better insulated it is. This may not seem necessary, but if you use your garage as a workshop, you definitely will appreciate a better insulated door. Likewise, if you have a room above your garage , you would absolutely want a well-insulated door or you will sacrifice precious heat in your house. Even if your garage is just for parking your car, a nice insulated garage door will keep the car a more comfortable temperature, and who wouldn’t appreciate that on a cold winter day?

When buying new garage doors, be sure to ask what the R-value is so you can determine what best fits your needs. Our popular Thermacore garage doors are quality steel doors with polyurethane insulation boasting an R-value of 12.76 which is is quite suitable for most garage purposes. These doors are also available in a less insulated version ( R-value 9.31) for those who have a detached garage mainly used for storage and such and do not want to spend more money for unecessary insulation. Keep in mind however, just because the doors have a lower R-value, it does not mean they are of poor quality. Likewise, these Thermacore doors are available in a thicker insulated door (R-value 17.5) for those of you who really want the extra benefits a well-insulated door offers, especially if there is a bedroom/bonus room above the garage.

Whatever your needs may be, if you are in the market for new doors, please give us a call so that we may discuss your garage door needs and quote you a fair, competitive price for good quality doors. We can’t wait to have you join our family of satisfied customers!!