For many households who are lucky enough to have a garage in the UK, the garage itself is attached to the main part of the property – the part that you live in. Often, it’s attached to the side of the home and has its own roof, or it can also be incorporated into the building itself, perhaps with a room or two situated on the floor above.
When your home is so close to your garage space, it’s important to consider how this is affecting the rooms in your house. Energy efficiency is big at the moment, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future – we can no longer turn a blind eye to wasted energy. Of course, climate change and dwindling resources are two very big subjects and many people feel that it’s futile to try and make a difference alone. However, lots of little changes will add up to something bigger, and where better to start than your own home? Even if you’re not convinced on climate change, having a more comfortable home that’s cheaper to run can’t be a bad thing!
Wasting Heat and Energy
Although the weather is getting warmer, it’s still a good time to think about where thermal energy is being lost from your home. In the height of the summer, it can be just as important to consider how the outside environment affects the internal temperature of your property, as keeping your home cool in a heatwave is just as important as keeping it warm in the cooler months.
If your garage is attached to your home, then it may be drawing heat out in the winter and making it too hot in the summer if you don’t currently have thermal efficiency measures in place. This can range from insulation in the walls to ensuring you have the best roofing material. However, the one place where you can make a big difference is through your garage door.
Choosing The Right Garage Door
If you’re looking to replace your current garage door, then it may be in your interests to opt for an insulated one. This will reduce the amount of energy which is lost through the door and will ensure that your garage stays at a comfortable temperature. This is important to ensure the thermal consistency of the rooms adjacent to the garage itself (reducing the chances of damp and mould) and also makes a big difference when your garage is used for hobbies or leisure activities, such as a workshop or home gym.
Insulated Garage Doors
Unfortunately, many ‘up & over’ steel garage doors are not insulated. However, if you prefer the Canopy or Tracked style of opening, a solid timber garage door can offer some natural thermal efficiency. We will soon be adding further door materials to our wide range which will widen your insulated garage door choices.
All of our Roller and Sectional garage doors are fully insulated using a ‘sandwich’ technique. The Roller doors are made from twin-walled aluminium with an insulated core, and the Sectional doors are constructed the same way, except steel is used instead of aluminium.
Lowering Your Bills
By choosing an insulated garage door where you didn’t have one before, you can make a big difference to how comfortable your rooms are which are next to or above the garage itself. This can also help with damp or mould in adjacent rooms – a common problem which affects many homes in the UK. Of course, this all means lower heating and cooling bills as well as being good for the planet, so not only are you helping the environment, you’re also benefitting your wallet too.