There are basically two variations of garage doors in terms of insulation. The first one is the insulated door which is relatively thicker and has weatherstripping on the sides and on the bottom; and the other one is the non-insulated garage door.
Many people in North America have the insulated residential garage doors because they believe that proper weather stripping will help regulate temperatures inside the house. But if you ask experienced door salesmen, they will tell you that insulated garage doors are not always applicable to all houses. There are those that will need the non-insulated versions.
Here are the facts as to when you can make use of the non-insulated garage doors for your home:
- Non-insulated garage doors are thinner in width compared to insulated ones. This thinness is actually quite useful when the weather is not cold. This feature also makes the garage door very light. It can easily be installed and repaired as well.
- The most common materials used in the construction of non-insulated garage doors are metal and wood. But today, metal is the dominating material because it is cheaper and it is also lighter in weight. These garage doors can also be sanded and painted with different colors just like any other exterior doors in the house.
- People living in snowing and cold areas will not benefit from a non-insulated door. This is because there will be no weatherstripping required thus cold air can just enter through the sides and at the bottom of the door freely. If you live in a place where the weather is warm throughout the year and temperature does not go colder than 70 degrees Fahrenheit, this type works. If the temperature gets colder than that, an insulated door will be the perfect match for your house.
- For homes with non-insulated garage doors, the cool breeze can actually help control the temperature of the house because as it enters the garage, the room immediately above the garage will also be cooler. This is the advantage of a non-insulated garage door for houses in warmer climates.