Choosing the Best Garage Door for Your Home | Overhead Door Company

Whether you are a first-time home-buyer or an experienced renovator, replacing your garage door is an exciting opportunity to breathe new life into your home’s exterior. With so many options, finding the right door can quickly become overwhelming. Below, the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri has put together a simple guide to choose the right door.

To Insulate Or Not To Insulate

People say it’s what’s on the inside that matters. At the Overhead Door Company, we couldn’t agree more.

You’ll often hear about R-value numbers in house construction: for example, R-12 and R-20 for walls, R-28 for floors, and R-32 for ceilings. But don’t get confused and think that R-20 is nearly double the insulation value than R-12. In fact, R-20 is only 3% higher. That’s due to the resistance scale that it’s measured on, which calculates the overall percentage of insulating value. Here’s a breakdown of R-value proportions:

  • R-12 reduces 93% of heat flow
  • R-16 reduces 95% of heat flow
  • R-20 reduces 96% of heat flow
  • R-32 reduces 97% of heat flow

Here, you see that jumping all the way up to R-32 from R-12 is only an efficiency increase of 4%. The takeaway in regard to garage door insulation is that increasing insulation thickness has little impact on overall insulation value. It’s the insulation material that counts. Uninsulated garage doors have virtually no R-value.

If you live in an area with extreme temperatures or storms, an insulated garage door — like one of our Thermacore®models — is the easiest way to keep the conditioned air from seeping through the crack. This is perfect if you’re thinking about converting your garage to another living space. In these climates, that adds up to hundreds of dollars in savings every single year.

What’s Your Style?

OHD has the most diverse set of offerings when it comes to garage door styles. From basic like traditional steel and impression fiberglass to more elaborate models like our Signature® Carriage and Modern Aluminium, we have something for every home. Many of these doors are available in a variety of finishes and sizes. This means they can be customized for any opening. For a complete list of all of our offerings click here.

Visualize The Details

The door itself is just the start of your garage door designing journey. With thousands of options, accessories are what allow you to create a door that is truly one-of-one. With the DoorView garage door designer you can experiment with everything from color to the type of lift handles to the tint of the glass. Download on your smartphone or tablet today!

Your Service Provider Makes A Difference

Whatever style you opt for, make sure the person installing it is specially-qualified to do so. At the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri, our technicians are trained to work exclusively on Overhead Door products — something you can’t say for any other contracting service. Plus, we back up every garage door replacement with our 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Contact the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri to set up your free consultation today!

(573) 243-3111