Can You Get an Energy Tax Credit for Garage Doors?

Energy Saving Garage Door

An energy tax credit for garage door replacement could offset cost of the job’s labor and materials. Can you get a rebate when you file your taxes? Are there other cost savings involved with garage door replacement?

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

In 2009, the U.S. government passed laws issuing consumer tax credits for certain energy-efficient garage doors installed in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010. They had to meet the criteria set forth by the law to be eligible. For example, the U-factor, which measures heat flow transmittance, had to measure 0.3 or less. The doors had to be insulated and attached to a residential building — the taxpayer’s home of record. The savings for taxpayers claiming credits during these years equaled 30 percent of the total cost, up to $1,500. Regrettably, the tax credit expired and current homeowners cannot receive tax breaks for garage door improvements, but significant savings can be had elsewhere that might even top the government subsidies.

How Much Will an Insulated Door Save on Energy Costs?

Homeowners can begin initiating cost savings by replacing worn, aging garage doors with triple-layered insulated doors with high R-values, the measurement that indicates a material’s thermal resistance. Garages with insulated doors will lose 71 percent less energy, according to a study conducted by national garage door manufacturers. With energy savings this substantial, not only will the brand-new replacement result in a more secure, well-insulated garage space, the utility bill discount may surpass the money saved through a potential tax break throughout the life of the garage door. The actual costs are difficult to calculate, as the outdoor temperature, condition of the garage door and interior temperature will all influence the resulting savings for each homeowner.

Reinforce Existing Door

According to Energy Star, sealing and insulating the main openings in a home to guard against air leaks can drop energy bills by 10 percent. When an attached garage is used as the main entrance to the home, constant lifting and lowering in winter can have a disastrous effect on the total monthly utility bill. Not only does the cold draft sweep into the home through the interior entrance, the cold air can also freeze the living space located above the garage.

Homeowners can take immediate preventive measures against heat loss by replacing the weather seal strip that outlines the current door. Batt insulation, foam board or reflective foil are also available for purchase in a kit from home-improvement stores. It’s wise to consult with a professional before applying insulation, however, as the added weight can tax the garage door opening mechanism and put pressure on the frame. Homeowners can also add insulation to the garage ceiling to prevent energy from exiting through the upper floorboards when the garage door opens.

Stay in contact with Accent Garage Doors for any new developments regarding energy tax credits for garage doors, and for individualized quotes on fully insulated replacement doors.