The older your home is, the more likely you are to need to upgrade things to tighten it up and make the home more energy-efficient. Doors, windows, and other entry points like the garage door can all contribute to heat loss or cold air entering your home in the winter time and hot air entering in the summertime. If you have a garage door that is old and worn out, it might be time to replace it with a new one that will provide better protection from the elements.
Keeping Things Warm
In some part of the country, especially the very cold regions, keeping the garage heated is important. In very cold temperatures your car might not start if left out in the cold so parking it inside and keeping the garage and car warm is important. If the door on the garage is letting the heat escape and the cold air in, you can still have trouble with the car starting because of the cold. The best way to combat this is to have the door replaced. Be sure that the technician installs new seals around the door as well.
Heat, Cold, and The Living Area
If you have an attached garage on your home, the walls to the garage are more than likely shared with the living area of your home. If you are getting a lot of cold air coming into the garage, that cold air can affect the temperature in the home When those shared walls get cold, it can bring the temperature in the house down. This is especially common in older homes with limited insulation in the walls.
Replacing the Old Wooden Doors
On some homes, the old wooden doors that came on the garage may hold some character and sentimental attachment but they more than likely are not doing much to keep the garage warm. They can also be very heavy so opening them without power is very difficult. The alternative is to replace those doors with aluminum and vinyl doors that offer better insulation in them and weight about one third as much as the wooden ones. If the strength or character of the door is your concern, there are many styles of doors on the market that will look like the old wooden ones but offer you thermal protection, while looking great from the curb. Check with your local garage door company, like Able Door Company, to find out what is available for your home. You might be pleasantly surprised by the choices you will have that offer you all the things you need in one package.