Energy-Efficient Garage Doors: How Does Your Door Compare?

Many People Want to Go ‘Green’ and Save ‘Green’

With the movement of more and more people toward going “green,” homeowners and business owners are considering energy-efficient garage doors. This is especially true if they use their garage for much more than to store their vehicles and tools. Some people have heated or air conditioned garages to increase the comfort level. Some people may even utilize and maybe even finish their garage space as an extra room, such as a “man cave” or a game room.

Energy efficiency is a big concern for many people these days. They really do want to go “green,” to reduce their carbon footprint for the sake of nature and future generations. But they also want to save “green,” as in their financial savings, as they lessen their utility bills.

Whatever your reason for considering an energy-efficient garage door, you can trust Professional Door in Dublin, VA, to provide you with the best information, the best product, and the best installation in the New River Valley. We are the area’s garage door authority, and that includes energy-efficient garage doors. This month, winter will really start to set in, and people will be using their heating systems more and more. With that in mind, let’s consider together how energy-efficient your garage door is, and what options exist to provide you with a more energy-efficient garage door.

How Energy-Efficient is Your Garage Door?

The first question we should ask is “how energy-efficient is your garage door?” Your answer is probably the same answer that most people would give: “I don’t know.” That’s OK, but if you want more energy efficiency from your garage door, here are a few hints on what to look for to determine if your current one is “less than the best.”

First off, what is your insulation situation? Do you have an insulated garage door? If you have a heated or air-conditioned garage or if you are using that garage space as an extra room, this is a must. Without insulation in your garage door, it will leak that heat or cool air faster than water through a sieve. This makes your home’s HVAC system work harder, burning more fuel. That does no good at all for your carbon footprint or your wallet.

You should also check your garage door for gaps at the top, sides, and bottom. While a new garage door will be a tight fit, weather, ensuing years and age, and other factors can create these spaces between your garage door and the walls. These gaps are perfect to let heat and cool air out, as well as let unwanted rodents, insects, and other critters in.

This brings us to a very important question: How old is that garage door? As we said above, age can wear out a garage door and create gaps around it, as well as cracks in it, that will leak air and energy. Think about how many times you raise and lower your garage door per day. Now, how many times is that per month? Per year? Per decade? Imagine the wear-and-tear your door endures. The damage, weathering, and ravages of time will drastically decrease the energy efficiency of your garage door. Along those lines, older motors also use more electricity to operate, so they can be a drain on your bill and efforts to go “green,” too.

Boost Your Energy Efficiency with a New Garage Door

If your garage door falls short – and chances are, it does – the solution is simple. It’s time to buy a new garage door. How long has it been since you bought a new garage door? Decades? You are most likely due to get a new one. But maybe the cost of a new one plus installation worries you. Look at it this way: The upfront cost may look high at first glance, but when you consider the overall savings on your energy bill and the reduction of your carbon footprint, it is worth it.

There are many energy-efficient options to choose from, options that can fit every situation … including yours. Consider the needs. Doors with insulation will considerably help contain leaks, keeping your heat or your air conditioning right where it needs to be and easing the strain on your HVAC systems. A new garage door will also be a perfect fit, eliminating those gaps. A new motor can go a long way to help to conserve electricity.

We are the New River Valley’s Garage Door Authority

When you decide that you want a new energy-efficient garage door, call the New River Valley’s garage door authority, Professional Door, Inc., in Dublin, VA. Our expert team can inform you on the best options for your home or business. We sell only the best products and provide the highest-quality installation and service. We carry a variety of beautiful, durable garage doors by Raynor, Richards-Wilcox, the Carriage House Door Company, Amarr, Haas, and Hormann.

Our team always pairs hard, quality work with extensive knowledge and experience on every job, every day. Whatever the need – installation, maintenance, or repairs, we stand ready to help you.

When you want to explore your energy-efficient options, come visit us at our location at 464 Cleburne Boulevard in Dublin, right across from New River Community College. You can also check out what we can do by browsing our online photo gallery. For energy-efficient garage doors in the New River Valley, the choice is clear. Choose Professional Door, Inc.

For more information on energy-efficient garage doors, or to discover what we can do for you, call Professional Door, Inc., today at (540) 674-0008. Like us on Facebook!