Traditional vs. Insulated Garage Doors

In most American homes, garage doors are typically a part of their facade. They seal areas that can be used as a parking, working, or storage space. The garage can either be attached, where it also serves as an entryway for the main living space, or detached, where it’s a free-standing section with more square footage.

Generally, it’s best to have an insulated garage door for parking or storage areas directly connected to the house because they can affect the temperature in adjacent rooms and halls. Meanwhile, detached versions may not need better temperature regulation since they will not affect your living spaces. To help you pick the right option, consider these factors:

Energy Costs

Any poorly insulated room makes a house warmer in the summer and colder in the winter. This results in the increased power consumption of your HVAC system and leads to higher bills, especially if you live in places that experience extreme weather.

Attached and free-standing garages for storage and crafting can benefit from the higher R-value or the resistance to conductive heat flow of insulated garage doors. They will cost more upfront, but you will get your money’s worth with the savings on energy bills.

Traditional garage doors offer minimal to no insulation at all. This makes them more economical in the beginning but not energy efficient at all. Non-insulated types are recommended for areas with moderate climates year-round.


An insulated garage door tends to be more sturdy and long-lasting. It is built with steel frames filled with solid insulation in between, making it more damage-resistant and sound absorbent.

On the other hand, a traditional non-insulated garage door lacks durability because it’s made with only one layer of steel. The single metal sheet attached to a railing also tends to get stuck after opening and closing several times. It is the best option if the garage is just open most of the time.

Protection for Your Properties

Insulation in the garage can effectively save your vehicles and other belongings from damage caused by extreme temperatures. Since most people use the garage for all sorts of activities like woodworking, crafting, and even exercising, keeping the temperature at an ideal level helps prevent items like wood, paint, and steel equipment from expanding or rusting.

Incidentally, non-insulated doors may not be able to protect your items in the garage from harsh temperatures, but they can still deter debris and unauthorized access.

The Premier Provider of Insulated Garage Doors

At Deseco, we provide you with thoughtfully designed, high-quality garage doors, all of which have the Deseco EverTrue™ galvanized steel frame and polyiso insulation. Call us today for more information.

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