Which Type of Garage Door is Best for You?
When the time comes to invest in a new garage door, there are many variables to consider when choosing a door. Of course, there is the overall appearance and curb appeal of the door, but with such a wide variety of personal preferences, we will keep the focus on function and practicality of garage doors. There are three general types of garage doors, which all have a different set of strengths that we will describe to help you choose the garage door that is best for you.
Non-insulated garage door
The non-insulated garage door is the entry into garage door systems. The number one strength for a non-insulated garage door is its value. You can get a beautiful, new, non-insulated garage door at a great price. The down side is that they are a little noisier than an insulated door and have very little insulating properties.
Vinyl-backed insulated garage door
The vinyl-backed insulated door is the first level of insulated garage doors. The vinyl-backed door has polystyrene panels factory installed on the inside of the garage door. Most vinyl-backed garage doors have an R-value of between 6 and 7. R-value is the measure of resistance to heat flow through a given thickness. The higher the R-value, the greater the resistance. The advantage of a vinyl-backed garage door is that you get a combination of insulation, R-value and money savings. The vinyl-backed door is slightly quieter than a non-insulated door as well.
Steel-backed insulated garage door
The steel-backed garage door is at the top of the line for all-around insulation, noise reduction, and smoothness of operation. The steel-backed door has the standard steel- patterned exterior like the doors in the other categories, but it also has a smooth steel interior side. The insulation is sandwiched in between the two steel outer shells. A steel-backed garage door generally has an R-value that can range from about 6 to 22 depending on the style and manufacturer. Besides having the best insulating characteristics, the steel-backed door is also known for its quiet and smooth operation. Steel-backed doors are slightly more expensive than the other door types, but we believe they are worth the investment considering the lifespan of the door should exceed 20 years.