The Vintage Plus line of Delden Garage Doors is a very popular and affordable carriage door. The 25 gauge steel pre-painted doors are 2 inches thick insulated with polystyrene with a vinyl backing. They are reported to have an R-value of at least 6. Obviously these doors are not meant to be used in areas that have tough winters or where you are going to heat or cool your garage. One of the problems with using polystyrene insulated panels is that this type insulation leaves gaps which reduce the effectiveness of the insulation.
If you are going to heat or cool your garage or will include a workshop in your garage then you should consider one of Missions energy efficient doors. Foam is sandwiched between two steel plates on each panel providing an R-Value of 14.5. These panels are designed with shiplap joints to keep the outside weather outside. A heated or cooled garage will add value to your home by providing additional year around comfort. Metal garage doors are also provide a relatively low maintenance option. Strong galvanized panels will resist wind loads and sagging. Losing your garage door during any type of storm places the entire home at risk for losing its roof. A strong door is important in providing protection to your family and your homes contents.
As a door expert witness, I am called upon many times a year to evaluate garage door injuries. Garage doors come in many shapes and sizes. Their functions range from basic security of an area to cosmetic concealment. Most doors can be broken down into a few basic styles or categories. Typical modern garage doors for residential applications tend to be predominantly of the overhead sectional variety. That style of door comes in many configurations, materials, levels of insulation, and a wide range of appearance possibilities.
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