Insulated Vs. Non-Insulated Garage Doors

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Insulated Vs. Non-Insulated Garage Doors

When you’re looking to get a new garage door or replace your current model, one of the first things to look at is the difference between insulated or non-insulated garage doors. As insulated doors typically cost more than non-insulated doors, the choice might seem simple, but there are many factors to consider before making the decision, including geography and your home’s architecture.

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Pros and Cons of Insulated Garage Doors

Insulated garage doors include two durable layers of steel or another material with a layer of sturdy insulation between them. Because you’re paying for more than double the materials of a non-insulated door, expect the cost to rise accordingly. The higher price tag affords you many luxuries, like:

  • Energy-efficiency
  • A more durable door, resistant to dents and dings
  • Improved property value

Pros and Cons of Non-Insulated Garage Doors

Many non-insulated garage doors are more affordable. Depending on where you live, this could mean paying more in the future. If you live in a climate that gets extremely cold or hot during the year, you may spend more on energy costs over time, especially is if your home connects to your garage.

Non-insulated garage doors are also less durable than insulated doors and can tend to look flimsier, affecting the curb appeal of your home. If you’re planning to sell your property, it’s probably better to invest in the cost and improve your home’s value.

Are Insulated Garage Doors Worth It?

Although it’s better to invest in an insulated garage door if possible, in some cases, there may not be significant benefits to justify the additional upfront cost. Ask yourself these questions before making your final decision:

  • Is your garage attached to your house?
  • Are you planning on selling your home soon?
  • Is your garage a hangout space for you, your family or your pets?
  • Do you live somewhere that reaches extreme temperatures at any time during the year? 

If your answer to these questions is “yes,” an insulated garage door should be your choice. However, if you answered “no” to more than half of these questions, an insulated garage door may not be necessary.

Get the Right Garage Door for Your Home

Quality matters whether you want a garage door that’s insulated or not. If you’re ready to find your perfect garage door to secure your Chicago home, Garage Door Specialists are here to help. Call us at 847-537-6662, or contact us online to request an estimate or schedule your service today.


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