The kind of garage doors your company has may seem like a minor concern, but your garage doors can have a significant impact on your business. The right garage door can provide various benefits to your company, employees and customers.
For many organizations, an insulated commercial or industrial garage door is the right choice. These doors typically consist of exterior and interior steel skins separated by a continuous thermal break and filled with foamed-in-place polyurethane foam. This construction provides superior insulation that can be extremely beneficial for your business.
Benefits of Insulated Garage Doors
You might wonder if insulated garage doors are worth the cost, but when you look at insulated vs. uninsulated garage doors, you’ll find that insulated doors have many benefits. Here are some of the top advantages to insulated garage doors.
1. Reduced Energy Costs
Air often escapes a building through windows and doors. As your garage doors are the largest doors on your building, they should be a priority when it comes to improving insulation to help you keep a consistent, comfortable temperature within your facility.
Standard blanket or spray-in insulation, however, doesn’t work well for garage doors. They have numerous moving parts, and the movement of your garage door will damage add-on insulation and cause it to underperform. Garage doors with built-in insulation, however, are meant to stand up to frequent movement without losing their ability to regulate the temperature in your garage.
If you want to understand how insulation can save you money on energy, it can be helpful to understand how heat flows. Heat moves through three mechanisms — conduction, convection and radiation. Conduction describes how heat moves through materials. Convection describes how it moves through liquids and gases. Radiant heat moves in a straight line and heats solid objects in its path that absorbs its energy. Through these three mechanisms, heat moves from warmer to cooler spaces. This means that, in the winter, heat flows from heated spaces to unheated spaces and the outdoors because the temperature there is lower. In the summer, heat moves from outdoors into buildings.
Whenever you lose heat in the winter or gain it in the summer, your HVAC system needs to replace it. The more heat flow you have, the harder your HVAC system has to work, and the higher your heating and cooling bills will be.
Insulation increases materials’ resistance to heat flow, preventing your building from losing heat in the winter and gaining heat in the summer. This means your HVAC system doesn’t need to work as hard and your bills will be lower. The bigger the difference needs to be between the temperatures inside and outside your building, the greater your potential for savings is. You’ll see an especially high amount of savings if you’re in an environment with extreme temperatures. If you operate a cold-storage facility or another temperature-sensitive indoor environment, you also have a high potential for savings. However, anyone who uses any sort of heating or cooling system can save money by improving insulation. If you’re wondering whether insulated garage doors are worth the upfront cost, consider the money you’ll save on your energy bills.
In addition to the insulation in between the door’s exterior and interior layer of steel, insulated garage doors feature weather stripping to prevent air from seeping around the edges of the door. Our premium model 3730, for example, features a vinyl sealing strip at the top of the door, U-shaped vinyl in a weatherproof aluminum retainer at the bottom of the door and a tongue-and-groove section joint to prevent air infiltration. The optional jamb seal is a flexible scaling blade attached to track angle mounting with a rigid retainer and between-section seal.
R-value is a measure of a material’s thermal resistance, or its resistance to conductive heat flow. A higher R-value indicates greater insulating effectiveness. Our Energy Series doors feature R-values of up to 12.15. Our Energy Series With Intellicore doors feature R-values of up to 22.2
2. Durability and Long Life
Another benefit of insulated garage doors is their durability and long life. Because of insulated garage doors’ thicker construction, they’re better able to stand up to normal wear and tear as well as potentially damaging incidents such as storms.
Impacts from accidents, storms and other events can cause damage to your garage door. Someone may accidentally bump the garage door with a tool or even a vehicle. High winds can send objects flying into your door. These incidents can cause dents and scratches. While the impacts are mostly cosmetic at first, over time, these dents can impact your door’s operation. An exceptionally large impact can cause immediate damage.
Some garage doors are made of a single layer of material. These types of doors may be the right choice for certain applications, and if your door is made up of high-quality materials, it should still be able to withstand regular wear and tear and the occasional accident. However, insulated doors have extra strength and durability as compared to those made of a single layer of material. Insulated doors have an interior and exterior layer of metal backed by insulation. This thicker construction will help your door to withstand potential impacts.
Constant exposure to the elements can take a toll on garage doors, especially those with less durable construction. Extreme temperatures can warp metal components, stress door panels and degrade the performance of lubrication, springs and drive mechanisms. Insulated garage doors hold less heat than doors without insulation, reducing the risk of damage to the door. Because insulation helps keep temperatures at moderate levels just inside the door, the components on the interior side of the door, such as the drive mechanism, are also protected from extreme temperatures.
Additionally, our Energy Series and Energy Series With Intellicore garage doors come with a 10-year warranty against rust-through. They’re prepainted on both the inside and outside and are finished with primer and a durable oven-baked polyester top coat to prevent rusting. Clopay’s three-stage prepainting process results in a durable and maintenance-free finish.
What all this adds up to is a more durable garage door that will last longer and perform better over its lifetime. The improved performance, longer life and reduced maintenance needs mean lower costs over the life of the door and more value for your money.
3. Improved Protection
Insulated garage doors can also provide enhanced protection for the items you keep in your warehouse. Improved insulation helps you to keep the temperature within your facility at the optimal level for the equipment in your garage.
Cold weather can, for example, affect the reliability of your vehicles. Low temperatures can cause your battery to die more quickly, your tire pressure to decrease and old serpentine belts to break. It also increases the thickness of the oil in your vehicle, which means your engine has to work harder to circulate it. Over time, regular exposure to extreme cold can decrease the life of your vehicle. However, keeping your vehicles in an insulated garage helps protect them from these cold temperatures and ensure they’re ready to go when you need them. This is especially crucial for emergency services vehicles. Proper insulation will also help you save money on vehicle maintenance and repairs.
Extreme temperatures and temperature changes can have similar negative impacts on other types of equipment and materials. Additionally, a high-quality insulated garage door can help keep moisture out of your garage.
The enhanced durability of industrial insulated garage doors can also help to protect the equipment in your facility. Impacts and weather are less likely to damage your door, meaning your door will continue to protect your valuables, even during storms or other potentially damaging events. When purchasing a garage door, choose one with the right WindCode ID for your region and application to ensure adequate protection. Clopay’s WindCode ID program makes it easy to select a product that meets your needs and satisfies building code requirements to help you protect your facility from storms. The program works on a rating scale from W1 to W9. A higher rating means a stronger door.
4. A More Comfortable Work Environment
Keeping the temperature in your garage or other commercial space consistent and comfortable can also benefit your employees. If your employees have a comfortable space to work in, they’ll be happier at work and will likely also be more productive.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends that employers keep workplace temperatures between 68 and 76 degrees Fahrenheit (°F) and keep humidity between 20 and 60 percent. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Environmental Health Science and Engineering found that about 69.8 °F was the optimal temperature for improving the performance, productivity and health of office workers.
A temperature that’s too cold can cause workers’ muscles to tense, while excessive heat may make people feel tired and sluggish. An uncomfortable work environment also makes it harder to concentrate and may make negatively impact employees’ moods.
5. Reduced Noise
In addition to reducing the flow of heat, an insulated garage door can help block noise. This can be beneficial for your business as well as people who live and work nearby.
Warehouses and other commercial spaces can get noisy. If you have office space nearby, this noise may disturb the people working there. Excessive noise can also be inconvenient for other people who work or live in neighboring buildings. If your commercial space is noisy, you could get complaints, and your company’s reputation could suffer.
The thick construction of an insulated garage door can help keep that noise contained. In addition to preventing noise from escaping your garage or warehouse, it also reduces the amount of outside noise that gets into your facility. This may be beneficial to you if some of the businesses near you produce a lot of noise.
Insulated garage doors also operate more quietly than non-insulated ones. The insulation helps to dampen some of the sound the door makes when opening and closing. This can make your building quieter overall and reduce disruptions to your workers, especially if you have office space above or adjacent to the garage door. This quieter operation is especially helpful if you open and close your garage door multiple times a day.
6. Improved Safety and Security
Safety and security are primary concerns for every business. Your garage door should contribute to making your workplace safer and more secure. A high-quality insulated garage door can do exactly that.
If your garage door is of a low-quality and is easily damaged, it may not always operate correctly. Its performance may degrade over time, and if it’s damaged, it may cease to function safely. Improper operation can cause safety hazards. For example, a damaged garage door could slide or shut unexpectedly. If your garage door doesn’t close when you need it to, this could also be a security issue. Additionally, if your garage door is not strong and durable, it could be easier to break into.
With a durable, high-quality commercial garage door from Clopay, you don’t need to worry about these hazards. While you should always take the proper steps to keep your door maintained, a Clopay door requires much less maintenance than a lower-quality door. Our doors are much less likely to get damaged, and their performance remains reliable over time.
The thick, durable construction of a commercial insulated garage door also helps keep your facility secure. The durable construction makes it extremely difficult to break into, and you can count on the door to open and close when you need it to. Adding a keyed security lock, coded keypad, alarm system or other security features to your garage door will make it even more secure.
7. Enhanced Environmental Performance
Installing an insulated commercial garage door can also help your business operate in a more environmentally friendly way. Many companies use natural gas or electricity from fossil fuel plants to heat their buildings. Using these energy sources results in the emission of greenhouse gases. By reducing the amount of energy you need to heat and cool your building, you decrease the emissions created on behalf of your company and your organization’s environmental impact.
Also, Clopay’s insulated commercial garage doors are made from environmentally friendly materials. The polyurethane foam used is free of CFCs and HCFCs and uses recycled steel and packaging materials.
Improving the environmental performance of your business is, of course, the responsible thing to do, but it can also benefit your business. As your business becomes greener in the way it operates, its reputation will likely improve. Your sustainability initiatives may help attract new customers. You’ll also save money through reduced energy costs in the process.
Find out If an Insulated Commercial Garage Door Is Right for You at Liberty Door and Awning
If your warehouse, firehouse, municipal building or commercial space could benefit from a garage door that provides superior temperature control, energy efficiency and long-lasting, reliable operation, an insulated commercial garage door could be the right choice for you. Installing high-quality insulated garage doors at your facility could positively impact your business in more ways than you expect.
Working with an expert in commercial garage doors will help you ensure you get the right product and get it installed right. Liberty Door and Awning is a Master Authorized Clopay Garage Door Dealer, and we’ve been providing New Jersey with durable garage doors for more than 20 years. We can help you find the right garage door for your needs, install your door, maintain it and repair it as needed.
In addition to the more than 1,000 different Clopay garage door design combinations we offer, we also install and service garage door openers, hurricane shutters, retractable awnings, entry doors and windows.