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Polyurethane Vs. Polystyrene Insulation for Your Garage Doors

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  • 26 Jul 2016
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Neighborhood Garage Door Service of El Paso, Texas works to provide you with the valuable garage door information that you need. If you are thinking about installing garage door insulation, there are two typical types that you can install. Most go with polyurethane or polystyrene insulation.

The difference between polyurethane and polystyrene.

Polyurethane Insulation

Polyurethane is a thicker type of insulation that has a higher cost. It is actually a better insulator than polystyrene. It has a minimum R-value of 10 all the way up to 17.5.

This type is directly bonded to your garage door for the best insulation and added strength. It is highly resistant and able to withstand more.

Also, polyurethane can help your door be more quiet when opening and closing. It is less likely to vibrate or shake while in use.


Polystyrene Insulation

Of the two options, polystyrene is the least expensive. It is also a popular choice for installing in overhead doors. Mainly this is due to the fact that it is of great value and simple to install. It is sheets that are cut to be attached to your garage door in individual sections.

It is highly customizable in size which makes it easy to work with. It is also waterproof which is great for high storm areas. In general, these doors have an R-value of 10. Of course, the thickness of the polystyrene will ultimately determine the R-value.

Polystyrene is a good idea if you are trying to increase the insulation on your garage door. Thicker insulation will keep your door from damage as well as insulating your home.

What is the Best Choice For You?

There are things to consider when choosing between these two different types of insulation. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

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  • How much do I have to spend? – understand the difference in price so that you do not go over your budget. It is better to chose the materials that you can afford.
  • What energy costs can I expect to save? – know how much you will save on your power bills. You may find that the higher priced insulation will pay off in the long run.
  • Will the added thickness affect my ability to park my car in the garage? – if you are already in a tight space with your vehicle, then adding too much extra on the door may be problematic.
  • Why do I want to insulate the doors? – are you looking to insulate the doors for the sake of energy conservation, or on account of protecting your door from damage.
  • What effect will the added insulation have on my garage? – will more cause condensation buildup or other adverse effects?

Once you have answered these questions, it will give you a better idea of which type of insulation will work best for your purposes. Just because one is higher quality, doesn’t mean it is the best choice for you. It will greatly depend on your purposes for the installation.

If you have any questions about which is the best choice for you, be sure to call us here at Neighborhood Garage Door Service of El Paso, Texas. We can answer all of your questions and help you with the installation as well.

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