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If you’re managing a warehouse or commercial building with temperature-sensitive items, installing insulated overhead garage doors can help you keep rooms temperature-controlled more effectively while saving you money.

While exterior solid wood doors don’t need insulation, they’re the only ones. Uninsulated overhead garage doors are often the culprit of high summer and winter energy costs, so even if you think your business doesn’t need insulated overhead doors, you can be sure your business will nevertheless benefit from insulated garage door panel.

Insulated panels are usually made of double- or triple-layer steel with a layer of insulative backing “sandwiched” in between the steel. You can also retrofit an existing overhead door with reflective paneling or spray foam insulation.

How much of a difference do these doors make? Well, quite a bit, actually.

Insulation for Efficiency & Temperature Control

Depending on the nature of your business, it may make sense to choose garage doors that are insulated instead of the standard roll-up commercial panels commonly installed in commercial buildings. This is particularly true if you have multiple garage entrances to your warehouse or building.
For example, if you’re storing food, healthcare supplies or any product that requires temperature control, then you already know that temperature fluctuation of just a few degrees can lead to thousands of dollars of product loss and damage. Not to mention there are strict regulations and safety standards for doors and windows in commercial facilities that deal with such sensitive items.

Plus, it can get pretty expensive to keep a building cool. If your garage doors are constantly raising the temperature in your storage area, then your energy costs are also going to go up as the HVAC system struggles to cool down your building. Likewise, insulated garage doors also keep the air conditioning indoors and minimize heat infiltration during the summer.

New insulated garage doors often pay for themselves within the first year, just from saved energy costs alone! It’s great for your overhead, but this efficient climate control also benefits your employees, who will work more comfortably in a temperature-controlled environment.

Additional Benefits of Installing Insulated Overhead Doors at Your Business

Insulated garage doors, with their several layers of steel, aluminum and insulative material, are also more durable and resistant to damage. Insulated overhead doors also usually make a lot less noise, as the insulation dampens vibration along the door. These doors can also cut down on the amount of outdoor noise that can penetrate the interior of your business.

Insulated garage doors are supposed to be quiet and keep quiet through thousands of uses, so long as you maintain them correctly. Always have your doors checked by a professional commercial door installer if they start making screeching noises; this may signal a need for repairs.

Tailor the Level of Insulation to Your Business’ Needs

There are different levels of insulation, usually indicated by an R and/or U value. These values basically describe the amount of temperature transference through the overhead door. If you’re storing any temperature-sensitive merchandise like food or medications, there’s no reason not to go all out on the insulation. But if you’re, say, a café with a full-view aluminum overhead storefront door that only opens when the weather’s nice, you don’t need to worry about insulating as much.

However you design it, every business can benefit from insulated garage doors; they let you ride out any kind of weather in comfort.