How to Survive a Minnesota Winter: Keep Calm and Buy an Insulated Clopay Garage Door

Mar 16, 2018

If you can trust anyone to tell you how well a Clopay insulated garage door performs in sub-zero temperatures, just ask a seasoned Minnesota homeowner in the middle of winter.

Before and After of February 2018's ImagineNATION Winner

Our February imagineNATION Makeover Contest winner replaced his decades-old, windowless, insulated steel garage door with a new Clopay Gallery Collection polyurethane foam insulated garage door with decorative windows.

He says the new door is keeping his garage an average of 5 to 10 degrees warmer than it was before. The temperature now stays around 40 degrees inside the garage when it's below zero outside - and that's without a heater.

Adding insulated windows to the garage door has a major impact on the home's curb appeal and comfort. Without them, the garage was completely dark when the door was closed. Now the space is filled with plenty of natural light.

An Insulated Garage Door Saves Money, Boosts Comfort

Replacing an older garage door with a new, energy efficient model can reduce energy loss through the garage by up to 71%, according to a comparison study conducted by Clopay engineers.

Since attached garages shares common walls with the house, any hot or cold air that travels through the garage will ultimately affect the comfort of living spaces above and beside it.

An insulated garage door helps stabilize temperatures in the garage to minimize heat losses or gains, reduce energy waste, save money, and keep your home comfortable year round.

At the heart of a Clopay Intellicore insulated garage door  is a continuous layer of polyurethane foam sandwiched between two layers of steel. The foam expands to fill the door frame and bonds to the steel surface making it an extremely effective insulator.

With R-values up to 20.4, garages with a Clopay Intellicore door are, on average,10 to 20 degrees warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Polyurethane foam insulation inside a Gallery Collection steel garage door.

Closeup of Intellicore insulation

Try on a New Garage Door
Clopay’s Gallery Collection steel doors can be customized to fit many home styles.  Choose either long or short grooved panels in a painted or a faux woodgrain finish for a fresh, updated look.
Three garage doors using gallery ultra-grain insulated doors

Clopay Gallery Collection, short panel design, with Ultra-Grain finish

If you want a garage door with more character or one that resembles a carriage house style, add decorative windows and hardware.

White painted Gallery Collection Doors with decorative hardware and square windowsClopay Gallery Collection, long panel design, with SQ24 windows and decorative liftn  handles and strap hinges

Use Clopay's Door Imagination System to upload a photo and see how this garage door looks on your home.

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