When it comes to picking out a new garage door for your New Jersey home, there are numerous options to choose from. Simply pointing at a design you like and shouting, “Aha!” may prove to be a poor choice down the road. As a provider of modern garage door installation and repairs, TGS Garages & Doors is here to help! Our team aims to provide professional garage door services to Monmouth County and beyond. Whether you’re in New Brunswick or Middletown, our technicians are ready to assist! New Jersey is known for it’s ranging seasonal temperatures, making that R-value rating you see on new garage doors a very important part of the decision-making process. Today, we’ll take a deeper look into what this value means and how our modern garage doors from carriers such as Garaga are pushing to make their products even better. From inspections to custom garage door projects, TGS Garages & Doors does it all!

What Does R-Value Mean?

This number is part of a system that is used to measure the thermal efficiency of an object. Essentially, an R-value aims to measure the resistance of heat flow through a material. A simple concept such as this one can hold great implications for the comfort and overall cost of your home’s garage. A garage door that is heated on one side and cold on the other will result in a homeostatic process that aims to balance out the temperature differences. Your new garage door will consist of insulation on the inside that provides a block against heat transference. The higher the R-value rating on your new garage door, the more efficient it is against protecting your heated garage from losing warm air in freezing temperatures. The inverse can be said to keep your space cool during the hot summer months as well. The weather stripping, bottom seal, and sealing joints are also useful in the equation, where inferior components can vastly reduce the effectiveness of the entire door against heat flow.

Focusing on Insulation

While a wooden garage door will offer superior temperature resistance when compared to glass garage doors, it’s often the insulation on the inside that can make or break or decision. Our selection of Garaga overhead doors for your New Jersey home, for example, use a top quality material to reach an R-value of 18, which equates to roughly 95.5% heat flow reduction. Today’s modern garage doors commonly take two types of insulation:

  • Polystyrene. This affordable option consists of a foam material that varies in thickness and comes in panels for simple installation. Polystyrene is installed in the forms of your panels, equating to a fit that is not exact. While not the most effective option, this styrofoam can still bring major benefits to your garage’s insulatory properties. Some homeowners are very specific about their overhead door’s appearance, making this option the lesser choice for appearance.
  • Polyurethane. Composed of two chemical blends that expand when introduced to one another, this material can provide superior insulation. Polyurethane is a liquid that is pumped into your garage door panels, expanding and taking up space. The advantage here is that this liquid will bond to the surfaces and become fully adhered to the panel. Not only will you receive a better insulation against outside temperatures, but the bonded materials will add to the unit’s overall strength.

Purchasing a new garage door for your New Jersey home can be a big investment, so we believe it’s worth doing right! Next time, our overhead door company will continue this topic by looking deeper into R-values and how your lifestyle can help to determine exactly which modern garage door you should purchase. TGS Garages & Doors is here to provide the best garage door repairs and installations in the state, serving Monmouth County, Atlantic County, and everything in between. If you’re considering replacing your old garage door, feel free to contact us today for a quote!