All About R-Value

If you have done any research on garage doors and insulation, you have probably heard the term “R-value” being mentioned all the time. So just to make sure that all of our customers know everything they need to know when buying a new garage door, we thought we should write a blog all about R-value and how important it is to garages.

To start, “R” stands for resistance and the term stands for resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value is, the greater the insulation has the power to resist the escape of heat. Almost all insulation has an R-value, which makes it easy to compare one against the other and R-values are the same no matter where you buy the insulation from. Even with different kinds of insulation products, if they have the same R-value, then they have the same resistance power.

So what R-value do you need for your home? Well it depends on different factors like where you live, how your home is built and where you need the insulation, and the devices you use to heat and cool down your home. Where you live can bring different weather changes and people who live in warmer climates don’t need to worry about keeping the house warm like homes in cold climates. And if your house has one level, it will change the R-value you would need compared to a house with multiple levels, where the insulation might need to be placed in basements, attics, and in the walls. And whether you heat your house with a pump or furnace or keep it cool with a central AC unit, your R-value will vary with these factors as well. You can find websites that make it easy to find the perfect R-values for your specific region online and go from there. And we always recommend asking an expert about the insulation you might need for your home and the right kind of insulation for you.

With the right insulation, your home will be more energy efficient, more comfortable with stable temperatures, and will lower the cost of your energy bill. When insulation is doing its job, it is prevent the flow of heat in and out of your home because as we all know, heat travels. You don’t want your heat to escape your home in the cold winters and you don’t want it to enter when you’re trying to stay cool in the summer. So do yourself a favor and invest in the best insulation possible and use your new knowledge of the R-value to pick the best one for your home.