When choosing a new garage door most people’s first decision is how they want their door to look. But equally important is what’s on the inside. How your door is built, if it has insulation and what type of insulation affects the longevity of your investment. Where the door is and how often it is going to be used are important factors when deciding which door is best for your space.
Clopay’s line of residential steel doors comes in 1, 2, and 3 layer options.
The 1 layer door (Value Series) is a basic frame with a stamped steel face. These doors are affordable and look great. They are often used on garages with minimum use and minimum traffic.
The 2 layer door (Value Plus Series) is the same as the 1 layer with a polystyrene foam insulation sandwiched between the steel face and a hard vinyl backing. These doors add some insulation to the door which decreases noise and increases energy efficiency and dent resistance. This works as a great middle of the road option for a minimal budget.
The 3 layer door (Premium Series) comes in a 1 3/8” frame or a 2” frame. There is a foam insulation sandwiched between the steel face and a steel backing. This is great for main residences as it greatly increases energy efficiency and dent resistance while decreasing noise. It better handles high traffic which increases the longevity of your investment.
The Premium Series also comes in two insulation options. This is polystyrene foam insulation and their trademarked Intellicore foam injected insulation. Intellicore increases the density of your insulation which greatly increases your benefits. When purchasing an insulated steel garage door, this will be the highest quality option.
Clopay has provided the below chart to better compare all of these options so that homeowners can make an informed decision for their garage.