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How to Control Temperature Using Overhead Doors

A garage or warehouse is your weakest link in terms of temperature regulation. Uninsulated overhead doors can affect the interior temperature, especially during summer and winter months when it either becomes too hot or too cold. To solve this problem, you can take steps to ensure your garage or warehouse maintains an average temperature. Read on to learn more.

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Cold air mainly enters and leaves your warehouse through doors and windows. If you want to control the temperature, then this is where you need to begin to make some changes. You could start by reducing the rate at which the overhead doors are opened and closed.

If people are opening and closing the overhead doors all day, you could install a temperature controlling barrier, such as a plastic door curtain that’s easy to go through. A plastic curtain will keep the warm or cool air from escaping, which will help to regulate your warehouse temperatures.

Is the Overhead Door Insulated?

Insulating your overhead doors can help regulate the temperature in a space. It can possibly even save you some cash. This is because you would have needed to invest in heaters and fans, and then paid the extra electric bill to run them for most of the year.

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There are three main types of insulation that can be used on overhead doors:

Batt Insulation

Batt insulation is manufactured from fiberglass and backed with film paper or cardboard. This insulation acts as vapor or air barriers with insulation values ranging from R-3 to R-4 for every inch of the material’s thickness.

Foam Board Insulation

Foam board insulation consists of rigid panels that are made of polystyrene. This option provides high insulation values considering their relatively thin dimensions. Generally, these boards are covered with aluminum or vinyl and have a range of half an inch to one inch thick.

Reflective Insulation

Reflective insulation is excellent for overhead doors that tend to heat up in the summer. They consist of reflective aluminum that’s applied on both sides with insulation materials, such as cardboard or polyethylene bubbles. The insulation material helps reflect luminous heat and has an R-value of three and a half to six.

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Heads Up

The last thing you want is for your space to become an oven in the summer and an icebox in the winter. Insulating your overhead doors can help lower your monthly electric bills, prevent the elements from damaging your property, and make your garage or warehouse easier to work in. Use these tips for temperature control to get started and talk to a professional today.
To learn more about our services and overhead doors, contact us at Frontier Pacific by calling (510) 279-0232.