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Is My Outside Awning Waterproof?

We can definitely rely on rain in the UK. But isn’t it frustrating how unpredictable those showers can be? Particularly during the summer months!

This makes outdoor living rather challenging, and something we can only enjoy for very specific times of the year – if we’re lucky.

It’s a fact of life in this country, but it’s also why awnings are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners. They enable people to enjoy their gardens for longer periods throughout the year, without worrying about any unexpected downpours.

So, that begs the question: are awnings really waterproof?

 

Waterproofing and modern awnings

The good news? Modern awnings are indeed showerproof. Indeed, weather resistance is a key feature that all manufacturers spend a great deal of time on during the design and build process.

Awnings need to contend with a fair bit of potential weather, too. Beyond the rain, they also need to deal with high winds, snow, and pretty much anything else Mother Nature decides to throw their way.

It’s why the awnings supplied by Horizons benefit from high ratings on the Beaufort Wind Scale, which is a method for measuring wind resistance.

 

Do you need to dry awnings out before closing them?

This will probably make you think of those school or family camping trips where you couldn’t fold the tent away afterwards because it was too wet.

What followed was a frustrating exercise where you had to find somewhere – anywhere – to dry the tent fully before it could be packed away.

Just like tents, the fabric on awnings needs to dry properly before it’s folded away. But the good news? This is far easier with an awning because you simply leave it extended and wait for a bout of sunshine to dry it off.

Thankfully, you can now buy awnings that have rain sensors, and which can be set up to retract when they detect the first few water droplets falling from the sky above.

 

Is it possible to leave awnings open all year round?

This depends on the type of awning you opt for, but it is possible.

For instance, if you go for a semi-cassette awning, it won’t have the same amount of casing as a full cassette awning, and that means it’s best retracted when not in use in order to protect it from the harsher months.

However, if you have a full cassette awning installed, they can actually be left open all year round. This is due to the fact that every element that makes up the awning is fully enclosed, and it’s a great way to enjoy your garden, no matter the season.

 

Want to find out more?

If the discovery that awnings are indeed weatherproof has got you excited about the prospect of adding one to your home, just reach out to the friendly Horizons team and hit us with your questions.

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Which type of Garage Door Is the Most Secure?

Good news: if you’re looking to buy a new garage door, you have the pick of the bunch when it comes to security.

There really isn’t any such thing as an insecure garage door these days (unless you buy cheap, of course!).

If you pick the right supplier, brand, and installer, you’ll benefit from ultra-security with one of the most important external elements of any home.

There are just a few things to keep in mind, which we thought we’d reveal today.

 

Don’t forget Secured by Design

Secured by Design (or ‘SBD’ as it is sometimes known) is an initiative developed by the police to help improve the security of buildings. It plays a big role in modern garage door design.

The SBD initiative includes a huge reference guide from which manufacturers can draw inspiration for safety features when they build their products.

If you’re planning on buying a garage door from Horizons, you’ll find that it’ll possess the Secured by Design rating, and there’s nothing better to give you ultimate peace of mind.

But what types of garage door are particularly secure? Today, we’ll look at two options which really do fit the bill (literally).

 

Option 1: canopy garage door

If you’re looking for a cost-effective yet highly secure garage door for your home, then look no further than the ‘canopy’.

Usually referred to as an ‘up-and-over’, canopy garage doors are still some of the most popular for homeowners. This is because they match great pricing with function and impressive security.

A modern canopy garage door uses a spring mechanism at the top of the door panel which forces around a third of the door to protrude when open (hence the term ‘canopy’).

The heavy-duty locks used on these garage doors are more secure than you might think. And the best news? Criminals know this, which is why they’ll almost always ignore them if they’re looking for an opportunistic break-in.

Budget contained but want ultimate peace of mind? A canopy garage door is definitely your answer.

 

Option 2: sectional garage door

Canopy garage doors consist of one single panel, whereas sectional garage doors (as you might expect) are made up of several sections.

As the door lifts and retracts into the space behind it, the sections recess into the roof space. It’s about as simple as it comes in terms of operation, and the design of sectional garage doors means they’re very secure, too.

This makes them almost identical to roller garage doors with the same Secure by Design rating. In fact, these two types of garage door are almost interchangeable in that regard, so you’re making a great choice, whichever way you decide to go.

Despite this, sectional garage doors are usually great theft deterrents, because the unscrupulous in society know that they’re particularly difficult to break into. This is thanks to their design, solid construction, and the need for a superhuman effort to have any chance of entering without a key fob.

Sectional garage doors aren’t the cheapest on the market, but if you want the absolute best and ultimate peace of mind, they’re a great choice.

 

Stay one step ahead of the criminals

It bears repeating that modern garage doors are highly secure, no matter what type you choose.

The most important thing (beyond the Secured by Design label) is the way they’re installed. So, make sure you go with a reputable, experienced company and get in touch with the Horizons team today to find out more!

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Expert Tips on Protecting Your Garage From Burglars

Firstly, some good news – the chances of your garage being broken into by burglars is thankfully pretty slim.

Despite this, it’s always better to be safer than sorry. Therefore, a great first step is to ensure you have a professionally installed garage door for your home.

The reason for this is simple. Despite the multiple types of garage door that are now available, the latest are secure by design, and that makes a huge difference to your peace of mind.

To add to it, just follow these five simple tips for protecting your garage from burglars.

 

  1. Add cameras

There are few better theft deterrents than security cameras. On first sight of these little devices, most opportunistic thieves will move on, regardless of whether the camera is in operation.

The good news? Modern security cameras are very affordable and can be linked to your smartphone for round-the-clock surveillance from the palm of your hand.

 

  1. Install security lights

Second to cameras in the list of effective burglar deterrents sits the humble security light.

They’re incredibly effective. Triggered by motion, they’re bright and surprising enough to force burglars to scarper, but they’re also very cost-effective and cheap to run.

 

  1. Add multiple point locking to your garage door

If you’re having a new garage door installed, you’ll discover that there are lots of exciting options you can add. If multiple-point locking numbers among them, make sure you tick the box.

It shouldn’t add too much to the cost of the garage door, but it will make it far harder to break into.

While you’re at it, check to see what other security features are available, because if that’s of particular concern, you might be surprised by how many other nifty upgrades you can make.

 

  1. Think about side access

We understand if you get carried away with speccing-up your new garage door, but it’s easy to forget about the other potential points of entry.

If you have side access to your garage, remember to take care of that too, because it can be a tempting point of entry for opportunities burglars.

Ensure it has strong locks, or, if you have the budget for it, invest in a new personnel door.

  1. Keep your expensive stuff out of sight

If you have a garage door which features a built-in window, or if your side access provides visibility to the inside, make sure you hide the stuff you don’t want people to see.

Even if you can’t see in from outside, it makes sense to do this anyway, because in the unlikely event that someone does break in, they won’t have time to hunt around for the stuff you’ve hidden.

Wrapping up

The best advice we can offer right from the start is to invest in the best possible garage door, because that will undertake nearly all the security duties for you.

If you’ve got any questions about garage door security because of this blog post, just get in touch with the Horizon’s team, today.

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Why Does Your Home Need an Awning?

It probably isn’t at the top of your list for home improvements, but there’s a reason awnings remain a popular choice for homeowners.

Face it – if you live in the UK, you’re not blessed with wonderful weather all year round. In fact, it’s about as unpredictable as it comes and that means that we don’t get to spend anywhere near as much time as we should in our gardens.

Awnings change that, completely. And here we’re going to provide the definitive list of reasons why an awning should be on your home improvement shopping list.

 

They’re for both outside and inside

The first, most obvious application for an awning is for it to cover and protect the area immediately outside your back door, or bi-folds.

This is a great way to ensure you can enjoy your garden for longer periods, come rain or shine.

But awnings can be used to cover inside areas, too. They really are incredibly effective and versatile. Therefore, if you don’t think you have room for an awning, a quick recce by a professional may reveal otherwise.

 

It’s all about the shade

The main job an awning has is to create shade in areas where you want to relax, entertain, or work.

Relying on shade to occur naturally throughout the day as the sun passes over your home isn’t ideal, because it means you’re entirely governed by the time of the day.

With an awning, you control the shade and can create it or release it whenever you wish (and it’s super-easy to do so with automated awnings which can extend and retract depending on the weather).

 

Your adjoining room benefits, too

When you extend an awning right in front of the opening to a room, that space will benefit significantly, too.

For instance, if your kitchen benefits from beautiful, large windows or some bi-fold doors, you’ll be acutely aware of how hot that room gets when things heat up outside.

Awnings have a significantly positive impact on this. By creating a shaded area immediately outside the room, it’ll stop your kitchen getting unbearably hot in the summer.

 

The weather isn’t a problem

Modern awnings are technically showerproof. If you opt for an open awning or a semi-cassette awning, it’s worth bearing in mind that you’ll need to allow the fabric to dry before retracting, but it’ll still cope admirably with wet weather.

However, if you opt for a full cassette awning, all of the fabric parts and adjoining elements are completely enclosed and protected from the elements.

This means you can technically leave the awning open all year round, which is not only convenient – but it also means you can enjoy your garden no matter the season.

 

So much customisation (and protection)

You’re not exactly limited when it comes to the aesthetics of an awning.

The metal parts are available in 47 colours, but when it comes to the fabric, you can actually have any colour you like. This makes it super-easy for an awning to blend effortlessly into the existing decor of any home – and match the taste of the owner.

They can also be supplied with wireless remotes and even connected to smart home systems. Wind, rain and sun sensors will automatically extend or retract your awning when needed and that’s before we get to the way they protect you.

Thanks to strong UPF ratings, the latest range of awnings will keep you and your family fully protected from the sun’s harmful rays.

 

Caring for your awning

Awnings largely look after themselves, but it’s advisable to give them a regular wash with a hose to ensure they remain in top condition.

The good news with full cassette awnings is that everything is protected from the rain and elements, therefore less cleaning is required. Despite this, a quick recce of your awning to check for any signs of wear and tear is always advisable.

Ready to look at awning options for your home? Just get in touch with the Horizons team to find out more.

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What Type of Fabric is Used for Awnings?

There are two elements of an awning which matter the most: their ability to integrate effortlessly with your home decor, and longevity.

Awnings shouldn’t stick out like a sore thumb; they should be elegant, attractive, and appear as though they were made for the property.

They should also last. When you consider what they have to contend with when it comes to the changing seasons, it stands to reason that at awning needs to be as tough as possible for the owner to get their money’s worth.

While there are many elements to a modern awning, there’s one in particular which takes on both of these tasks most wholesomely: the fabric.

 

What type of fabric do awnings use?

Most awnings use two different types of fabric – either acrylic or polyester.

Both types are spinneret dyed which guarantees amazing durability, awesome UV resistance, and the ability to add pretty much any colour you can think of.

They’re also smart. Thanks to a Teflon fabric coating and state-of-the-art nanotechnology, the fabric used for awnings these days is resistant to water, dirt, and oil. It even prevents rot.

The UPF ratings of awning fabrics dictate how well they protect you from the sun’s harmful rays, and if you opt for a brand such as Weinor, you’ll benefit from the absolute best in that regard.

 

Are awning fabrics good for the environment?

Absolutely! And the is for two reasons.

Firstly, the fabric used on most modern awnings doesn’t contain any substances that are harmful to the environment or your health. They meet all of the required environmental standards, too, so you can rest safe in the knowledge that your awning is doing its bit for the planet.

Secondly, Weinor’s collection of awnings are now available in material that’s made from 85% recycled plastic.

For instance, if you need 12 meters of awning fabric, your awning will be made from approximately 187 plastic bottles! Turning waste into premium fabric is a complex process, but one that awning manufacturers are continuing to perfect.

 

Adding a splash of colour

For an awning to slot effortlessly into your existing home decor, you need to have a say in its colour.

The good news is that there are loads of colour choices for modern awnings. With 47 standard RAL colours to choose from for the metal elements of the awning, you’re immediately off to a good start.

But then we get to the colour choices for the fabric that’s used on awnings. And it gets even better: as it turns out, you can have any colour you like!

That’s right – the type of fabric used for awnings these days can be dyed in any colour of your choosing. So, whether you want it muted, understated, or in-your-face, you can tweak the fabric colour to your liking.

Different colours choices can create wonderfully relaxed ambiances outside, therefore the freedom with which you can choose your awning fabric colour is very welcome indeed.

If we’ve got you excited about the possibility of adding an awning to your home, just get in touch with the Horizons team today to find out more.

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How Do I Care for my New Awning?

Like any home addition, an awning needs to be properly cared for if it’s to last the distance.

The good news is that modern awnings are built from metals and fabrics which are tough and designed to stand the tests of time. But you do need to do your bit as the owner.

This is why it’s important to speak to the supplier and digest the care instructions which will almost certainly come with your new awning.

But how do you care for a new awning without the process getting in the way of your enjoyment of this wonderful garden addition?

Welcome to our simple guide!

 

Don’t rely solely on self-cleaning

Modern awnings feature state-of-the-art nanotechnology and Teflon fabric coatings which makes them resistant to water, oil, and dirt. They also do a great job at preventing rot.

However, the self-cleaning offered by your awning isn’t enough to ensure its longevity. That’s why it’s a good idea to clean your awning at least once each month.

You can do this by making sure it’s clear of debris before washing off any dirt. Hosing it down and allowing the fabric to dry naturally will achieve the best results here. Just make sure you don’t use any harsh chemicals, because they could destroy the integrity of the fabric.

 

Think about opting for a full cassette enclosure

One of the most popular types of awning is the full cassette enclosure. This ensures both the awning fabric and working parts are all protected from the elements, whether fully extended or retracted.

Full cassette enclosures can subsequently be left open all year round if you wish. They also need far less cleaning than semi-cassette and open awnings.

This doesn’t mean you can get away without cleaning them at all! A good hose down is still a smart idea once in a while, but cassette enclosure awnings are great options if you want ultimate convenience.

 

Inspect your awning

The likelihood of finding a tear or any other form of damage on today’s awnings is pretty rare, but it’s still a good idea to check for them.

Inspect yours regularly for tears and rips, because the earlier you spot issues, the less of a big problem they’ll become further down the line.

You’ll be unlikely to find damage if you look after your awning, but a quick glance will save you big time in the long run.

 

Don’ts of awning care

So, what shouldn’t you do with your awning if you want it to last many years?

In order to prevent your awning from becoming damaged, make sure you:

  • don’t use your barbecue or patio heater beneath the awning, because smoke and heat damage will potentially wreck the fabric;
  • inspect the awning’s frame as well as the fabric for any signs of wear and tear;
  • don’t allow foliage to grow too close to your awning, because that can cause debris to build up and rip the fabric; and
  • check those care instructions provided by the manufacturer.

That last tip really is worth keeping in mind. The manufacturers of awnings know exactly how to care for them, so lean on their experience and advice when it comes to keeping yours in tip-top shape.

If you’ve got any further queries on how to care for your awning, or what type of awning would best suit your intended use, just get in touch with the Horizons team today!

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Why Every Home Should Have a Retractable Awning

When was the last time you spent most of the warmer months outside in your back garden?

If you’ve spent any amount of time living in the UK, you’ll know that the weather is about as changeable as it gets. Even when it’s blisteringly warm outside and the sun is shining, there’s always the threat of a rain shower.

That’s why an awning is such a great addition to virtually any home, and it’s why the team at Horizons is installing more of them every year, for homeowners like you.

What’s more, you can buy retractable awnings which are more cost-effective than you might think, and which offer several significant benefits.

 

You’ll use your garden more

Let’s cover off the most obvious benefits first – it’s adding living space to your house. An awning of any kind will enable you to use your garden more throughout the year.

In fact, it’ll encourage you to do so.

It’s too easy to give up heading outside if you’re worried about what Mother Nature might throw at you (literally). This is particularly the case if, to spend time outside, you’ll need to grab the furniture from its hiding place and rearrange everything each time.

With an awning, you can leave the outdoors furniture out all year round, and head outside whenever the needs strikes – without worrying about the rain clouds.

 

They’re a great accompaniment to bi-fold doors

If you’ve got bi-fold doors, you’ll know how wonderful they are. Unfortunately, you’ll also be aware that they can let in just as much heat as they allow to escape.

If you add an awning above the bi-fold door entrance, you’ll be amazed by the effect it has at cooling both inside the room and the immediate area outside.

With a retractable awning, you simply press a button when things get a bit too hot, and it immediately draws in a much-needed area of shade outside.

 

They’re showerproof

So, what happens if you head outside, sit under your awning and the heavens decide to open?

Good news – retractable awnings are technically shower proof. That means you can leave them fully extended while it’s raining and remain outside, listening to that comforting sound of rain hitting the fabric above you.

Just bear in mind that you shouldn’t retract an awning when it’s wet. Just like a tent, you’ll need to allow the awning to dry out completely before pressing the button to bring it back in.

 

You can actually use them all year!

That’s right – awnings aren’t just for the warmer months.

If you’re the sort of person who enjoys cosying up outside when it’s cold, then a retractable awning could be the perfect addition to your back garden.

Full cassette retractable awnings are all-enclosed, which means they’re protected from the elements. They’re also built from the latest materials and technology which is designed to withstand anything Mother Nature can unleash.

That means you can indeed leave them open all year long and really make the most of your garden, whatever the weather. Who doesn’t enjoy sitting outside with a hot chocolate, toasting marshmallows on a chimnea or keeping warm by the patio heater?

If we’ve got you excited about retractable awnings, just get in touch with the Horizons team to find out what we can do for your outdoor space.

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Garage Doors – What’s the Best for My House?

Garage doors aren’t the kind of thing you purchase regularly, so if you’re wondering what on earth you should look for when choosing yours, and how you should make a decision, that’s entirely understandable.

However, the good news is that when it comes to modern garage doors, the wealth of choice available means you can easily find something which perfectly suits your needs. You just need to know what to look for.

In this blog, we’re going to help you pick the best garage door for your house, without a sniff of jargon.

 

What to consider when choosing a garage door

Before you rush into buying a garage door, there are a few things you need to consider.

In order to narrow down the choices, try asking yourself the following questions.

  • How big is your home?
  • What kind of access do you need?
  • Are you intending on storing a car or some other kind of vehicle in the garage?
  • What else will you be using the garage for?

Your answers to the above questions will guide you towards a suitable garage door. Indeed, it’s amazing how often our customers change their minds once they start to think about intended use and access.

So, with your answers to hand, let’s look at three of the most common garage door options for houses.

 

Option 1: Up-and-over garage doors

These are arguably the most recognisable garage doors. They’re also still the go-to option for most new home builders.

Modern up-and-over garage doors remain a great choice today and benefit from far sturdier and secure manufacturing techniques. They’re also very cost-effective to repair and won’t break the bank if you ever need to replace them.

You can opt for automated opening these days via an installed motor, too.

It’s just worth bearing in mind that up-and-over garage doors protrude onto the driveway while you’re opening them, and they take up loft space within the garage when open. But if that doesn’t bother you, it might be the perfect option.

 

Option 2: Roller garage doors

If an up-and-over garage door doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, you can do a lot worse than opt for a roller garage door.

You may have discounted this option in the belief that it’ll be too expensive, therefore you’ll be glad to hear that simply isn’t the case these days. Modern roller garage doors are stylish, delightfully easy to use, and won’t break the bank.

They’re inherently secure, too, thanks to the way in which they’re designed, and they won’t protrude onto your driveway while opening.

What’s more, the relatively small box into which they retract when fully open takes up barely any space inside your garage. A roller garage door is a great option if you want to maximise the space both inside and in front of your garage.

 

Option 3: Side-hinged garage doors

We can almost guarantee a side-hinged garage door wasn’t on your list. But there are a few reasons it perhaps should be.

Side-hinged garage doors offer some fantastic benefits. For instance, they don’t encroach into the garage at all, and take up next to no space once installed. They protrude out onto the drive when open, but if that isn’t a concern for you, side-hinged garage doors offer a super convenient entry point.

This type of garage door is perfect if you need regular on-foot access, but they’re also great for garages that are used as workshops, gyms, or offices. Fit your side-hinged garage door with a window, and it’ll let in plenty of natural light, too.

We hope we’ve given you plenty of food for thought when it comes to your next garage door. However, if you still have unanswered questions, please do get in touch with our friendly Horizons team and we will be more than happy to help.

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Why We Fit Hormann Garage Doors

When it comes to garage door brands there are so many choices.

You can go cheap, or you can go super expensive, but as any expert will tell you, the best options lie perfectly within your budget, whatever that might be.

There are some brands, however, which simply can’t be ignored. It’s why, more often than not, we turn to Hormann for the garage doors we supply and fit.

We’re under no illusion; unless you know your garage doors inside out, you’ve probably never heard of Hormann. And that’s fine, but we would like to give you an insight into why they’re so important to us – and our customers.

 

Patented designs = features you won’t find elsewhere

One of the best things about Hormann garage doors is that they patent a lot of their designs.

The result? Features you simply won’t find on other garage doors.

For instance, Hormann have developed and patented design elements within their small garage doors which means there’s no ugly spring at the top of the door. Other manufacturers have no choice but to leave that unsightly spring on display, leaving the finished result looking not quite as neat as the Hormann example.

 

 

They’re aesthetically pleasing

Every garage door we fit is aesthetically pleasing, but Hormann goes a step further thanks to some wonderful little design tweaks.

Take the tracks, for instance. Usually, they’re left as bare metal, but on a Hormann garage door, you can have them painted so they’re more aesthetically pleasing.

You can do the same with the closures, too!

 

Say “hello” to thermal frames

An insulated garage door panel will do a great job at keeping the heat in (and out), but the talented team behind-the-scenes at Hormann have gone one step further.

They feature what is known as a ‘thermo frame’. This helps deal with the issue steel legs have – the fact that they’re not present on most insulated doors. Hormann spotted an innovation gap here and now offers an insulated, entire frame for the garage door.

This makes a huge difference when ensuring the heat contained within the garage remains where it is, but it also makes its presence felt when you want to keep the outside temperature at bay.

 

 

Back to those looks…

Hormann garage doors have colour-matched facias, and this is not always a common sight.

The fascia is what finishes off a garage door, and while they sometimes work without being colour matched, more often than not, the end result looks far better when they are.

Hormann doors are also available in a great range of textures which feature matching profiles for that completely integrated look. These finishes are often what tempt our customers to opt for Hormann over the alternatives.

 

They last – as the warranty proves

A garage door isn’t a purchase you’ll want to make regularly, which is why long guarantees are so sought after.

This is where Hormann really wins. Each of their doors comes with a 10-year warranty, which means you’ll have complete peace of mind that they’ll last the distance.

Thanks to the forward thinking team behind Hormann design, they’re also future proofed with some great modern touches. For instance, they now have a ‘supermatic motor’ which enables you to control the door with your smartphone.

Finally, Hormann garage doors are what we like to call ‘installer friendly’. That means they enable us to fit the doors quickly and without any of the challenges that are often encountered with other brands.

If we’ve tempted you to invest in a Hormann garage door for your home, just get in touch with the knowledgeable CA Shutters team and we’ll show you why we think they’re so great.

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How Thick is the Insulation on a Roller or Sectional Garage Door?

Once the place in which cars were stored, garages are increasingly becoming home offices, gyms, band practice rooms, workshops, and even YouTube filming studios.

If you’re using your garage creatively and intend to spend a fair bit of time in there, you probably have one concern on your mind.

How will you keep the space warm?

No one wants to work, practice, or play in a cold garage, and that’s where insulation comes in.

Good news: if you’re opting for a roller or sectional garage door, you’ve got plenty of options.

 

So, how thick is the insulation?

Let’s start here, because it’s probably the first question on your mind. After all, how can these modern garage doors which are so easy to operate and non-cumbersome contain enough insulation to keep you warm?

Good news – they can. Here’s how much insulation you’ll typically find in these two types of garage door:

  • Roller garage door insulation: 12-15mm
  • Sectional garage door insulation: 42mm or 67mm

You’ll notice that sectional garage doors contain more insulation, and that’s simply because of the way they’re designed. It certainly doesn’t mean roller garage doors are any less efficient, though.

 

Why is insulation important?

If your garage is attached to your house, it’ll have a significant impact on the energy efficiency of the entire home. This might be why the bedroom immediately above the garage is colder than it should be, or why you seemingly have to constantly turn up the heat in the living room.

By having a properly insulated garage, you’ll keep the rest of the house warm, too, thus saving on your heating bills.

Most importantly, if you’re using your garage for something other than storing a car, you’ll want to retain one of best home comforts: warmth.

As temperatures drop outside, so too will the temperature in an uninsulated garage. Add a fully insulated garage door, and it’ll do a far better job at retaining the heat.

The result? Another room in your house that you’ll want to use.

 

Benefits of having an insulated garage door

Hopefully, we’ve convinced you that an insulated garage door is a great investment, but there are some additional, compelling benefits that are worth exploring.

Here are three of our favourites

 

  1. A stronger door

As you might expect, an insulated garage door is considerably tougher than a non-insulated door.

This means it can stand up to constant opening and closing and is far better at resisting damage from vehicles, weather, and the kids’ football.

Like every modern garage door, they’re made to last and resist anything Mother Nature can throw at them, but they’re arguably better at dealing with heat, wind and life’s other challenges which typically shorten the lifespan of non-insulated doors.

 

  1. Much better energy efficiency

We’ve used this phrase a lot, but it really does bear repeating.

Insulated garage doors are far more energy efficient than their counterparts. By preventing hot air from escaping, they’ll keep you warm in the winter, but the reverse is true in the summer.

If it’s boiling hot outside, your insulated garage door will limit how much hot air enters the room, thus keeping it pleasantly cool. And, as noted earlier, the temperature within your garage will always have a direct impact on the overall temperature of your home.

 

  1. Quiet operation

If a garage door has been insulated, it’s usually far quieter during operation.

Non-insulated doors are susceptible to developing creaks and rattles over time, but insulated doors absorb those sounds.

If you use the door a lot or spend significant amounts of time in the garage itself, that quiet operation (even in the face of strong winds) will be a godsend.

 

More questions?

We hope we’ve given you a great insight into the benefits of insulated garage doors, but if you’ve got any further questions, the CA Shutter team would be happy to help. Just get in touch today and ask away!