Learn what to look for when choosing replacement garage doors. Find out the difference between insulated and uninsulated garage doors.
LESLIE: Joan in Louisiana, you’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
JOAN: Yeah, I didn’t quite back up far enough for my garage door
to come down the right way.
TOM: (laughing) OK. Alright.
JOAN: It kind of buckled.
JOAN: The other garage door is the old kind that has the springs and the roller.
JOAN: So we’re wanting to replace both doors.
JOAN: OK, which would be the best? Like the steel – the steel insulated – or the steel insulation steel? Well, I realize what’s best but what do you think?
TOM: Well, let me ask you a question, Joan. Is your garage heated or cooled?
TOM: Then why do you want to insulate it? You don’t have to insulate it. The insulation – and a garage is an unconditioned space; so the thermal barrier is the walls and the doors between the garage and the rest of the house; it’s not the garage door. So there’s really no reason to insulate the garage door. So take that out of the equation.
TOM: You know what I always used to see people do when I was inspecting houses? They would hang a tennis ball from the ceiling of the garage …
JOAN: Yes, I’ve seen that, too.
TOM: … and they knew that when they drove in and the tennis ball hit the windshield it was time to stop. (chuckles)
LESLIE: They were good.
JOAN: Well, that will be our next deal once we get the new doors put up. Thank …
TOM: (overlapping voices) Alright, new garage door and two new tennis balls for Joan. (Leslie chuckles) Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.