A new garage door is a significant investment to your home, particularly if you choose wisely. With so many garage doors available and so many styles, colours and materials to choose from, deciding on the best one for your home can seem a little daunting. However, we, at the Garage Door and Automation Company, only want to supply you with the best door and at the best price. To help out, we’ve created a little checklist of things to think about that should make the decision process a little easier.
What’s your door for?
Firstly, ask yourself what the door’s going to be used for. If you’re just looking for a door to cover the space where you park your car, you might not be too bothered about factors like insulation. However, if the space is going to be used as a workshop, office or even a playroom, then heat will be a major consideration. Double-skinned steel doors offer the best insulation, which is measured by something called a ‘U-rating’; a measure of thermal resistance.
Keep your heating bills down
U-ratings scale from one to 10, so you can judge, according to your environment. A U-rating of three, for example, would be suitable for moderately warm climates. If you’re in an area that’s cursed by cold weather, then consider something higher. Not only does this give you an idea of how the door performs against the elements, but it also gives you an idea of the money you could save on heating bills. A further advantage is an insulated frame, providing a ‘thermal break’ between the frame and the brick or block, ensuring that the door-leaf will never warp. Double-layered doors are surprisingly effective when it comes to controlling heat-loss.
A noise annoys!
A side benefit of these doors is the soundproofing they offer, scaled as an ‘R-rating’. Double-skinned doors are backed with a thick layer of polyurethane or polystyrene, which helps to dampen sound – useful if you use your workshop regularly or your children don’t seem to have volume controls! Double-layered doors also benefit from an extra layer of steel, which further reduces sound, in addition to that extra insulation.
Security can also be a major factor in choosing your door. Also all of our ThermoPro Entrance doors are fitted with break-in-resistant locking as standard, with three security bolts securing the hinge-side. Our garage doors have a continuous safety device strip and you can rest assured that your garage door is going to offer you the optimum protection for your garage.
Choosing the right garage door doesn’t have to be as challenging as you might think. At the Garage Door and Automation Company, we’re always happy to share our three decades’ worth of expertise and experience with our customers. If you have any question, give us a call; we’ll be more than happy to help.