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Heated Garage Floors – Are They Worth It?

The garage is usually the most difficult part of the house to manage when it comes to temperature control, especially if you have a detached garage. If you spend cold winter days tinkering in your garage or you use the space as something else, like a gym or a kids’ playroom, then you might be looking for more effective ways to warm it up.

One option is to install underfloor heating in your garage, but is it worth it? Let’s look at some of the ins and outs of heated floors and the pros and cons of installing them in your garage.

How does underfloor heating work?

There are a few different types of underfloor heating, but they all work by radiating heat from the floor, allowing it to rise in the air to heat the room evenly. The two main types of underfloor heating are electric systems and pipe-based systems. So, either warm water runs through pipes installed beneath your floor to emit heat into the room, or an electrically heated wire does the same.

Just like other heating systems, a thermostat is used to control the temperature of the house or individual rooms, so that the underfloor heat is triggered when the room drops to a certain temperature.

The pros and cons of heated garage floors

Heated floors have some advantages over traditional heating systems such as radiators. They can heat a room more evenly because the warmth is coming from across the entire floor rather than one or two heating points. They can also heat the room more evenly because the warmth is coming from the floor and rising all the way up, so you won’t face the problem of having cold floors in an otherwise warm room.

What about when it comes to the garage? Of course, you’ve got to consider the cost of installing heated floors as well as the cost of running them, so it’s something that’s probably only worth your while if you regularly spend time in your garage. It is fairly easy to install, though, so the costs of installation should not be too high. And heated floors are pretty energy-efficient and cost-efficient compared to other options.

Underfloor heating is a versatile system that can be used with lots of different flooring materials, so it’s suited to most garages. But remember that your floor level will be raised slightly after installation, so make sure this is suitable for your garage.

If you need a new, insulated garage door for your home, or you’re in need of garage door repair or maintenance, then contact Carolina Garage Door for our services around Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.

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Stamped and Overlay Garage Doors

The detail of carriage style garage doors, or barn style doors, gives them a classic, timeless appeal that’s extremely popular and can be great for curb appeal and resale value. If you’re planning on adding a new carriage style door to your home, then read on for more information about the two main options you’ve got to choose from – stamped and overlay doors.

What’s the difference?

The terms stamped and overlay refer to how the design of a carriage style door is produced. A stamped door has the detail stamped into the door whereas an overlay door gets this detail by having panels laid over the surface of the door. These panels are typically made from either steel or wood and can be placed on doors of lots of different materials. Stamped doors are usually made from steel and have a wood grain finish stamped onto them, although there are a variety of options.

The complexity of your overlay panels will depend on the type of barn style door you have. A different number of panels will be required for true swing doors, bifold doors, and trifold doors, for example.

How to choose between stamped and overlay doors

Both of these options create an attractive aesthetic, so how do you choose between the two? First of all, overlay garage doors are a little more versatile, offering more design options than stamped doors. So, if you have a certain aesthetic in mind, then you may be more likely to achieve it using an overlay. Overlay doors can use either raised or recessed panels. You can achieve lots of different finishes for each option, though, depending on your choice of paint or stain.

Because overlay doors are a little more intricate, they are also typically costlier, so a stamped door is the more cost-effective option. The intricacy can also make overlay doors a little harder to clean and maintain, and stamped doors can be slightly more durable. This is because the overlayed panels may need repairing and replacing occasionally. However, both of these options are usually easier to maintain than other garage door options.

Whatever style of garage door you choose, contact Carolina Garage Door for our professional installation services plus repair and maintenance to keep your new garage door in good shape over the years. We’re here to serve you around Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville, NC.