Insulating Your Garage
At AmeriServ, we know that garages are versatile parts of your house where a lot of different things can take place— important work can be done, art projects can be created, and cars and storage can be kept. No matter how you use your garage, if you’re spending enough time in it, you’ve probably already realized that it’s not the mot comfortable room in your home.
Garages generally have cement floors, and the garage door itself isn’t the weather and temperature-resistant kind of door you would find on the font of your home. This means working for long periods of time inside of your garage can be especially uncomfortable when the weather outside is intense. Installing insulation can make your garage much more homey, and not only that, but insulation will create more of a sound barrier so that loud music or tools won’t be heard throughout your house.
- Insulating the Walls
This is done when there is no dry wall already in your garage, and the wooden frames are exposed. If your walls are already finished with dry wall, you will have to first remove it to gain access to the wooden sections. First, use insulating sealant foam and silicone caulk to fill holes, gaps and cracks between your garage and your house. Practice caution when sealing around electronic outlets and lights, and only use small amounts of the caulk when dong so.
Pay special to attention to the bottom of the wall, where the wood meets the concrete foundation. If your wall is resting on anything in addition to the foundation, make sure to seal the cracks along that as well. Spray the sealant foam around the entire perimeter of where the garage wall meets the wall of your home.
- Buying Insulation for Your Garage
The fiberglass insulation you need for your garage has something called an R value, which is a measurement of the resistance of the insulation to heat flow. The bigger the number, the greater ability it has to insulate. To find out which R value you need for your garage, talk to a garage door specialist or make a visit to your local hardware store to get more information. Factors such as your local climate and your purposes for insulation will come into play when choosing the right R value.
Make sure you have the measurements of your garage recorded so that you know if pre-cut insulation will fit your needs, or if you should buy it by the roll and cut it yourself.
- Installing the Insulation
Installing the insulation requires using a staple gun to attach the pieces in their place. You do this by fitting the insulation into the wooden frames between the studs (which are the pieces of wood that separate the rectangles of space you fit the insulation on top of) and stapling the paper flaps on the edge of the insulation onto the stud. Next, use wooden 2X4’s to nail across the insulation horizontally, from stud to stud, to secure them completely.
Important note: When installing the insulation on a wall that is attached to one of your home’s walls, install it backwards— this means with the paper against you home’s wall, and the fluffy side of the insulation facing you. If there’s nothing on the other side of the wall you’re working on, install it with the paper facing out.
- Install plywood and dry wall.
Now that the insulation is set up, cut and secure sheet of plywood over the insulation, attaching it with screws that go into the 2X4’s you nailed in previously. After that, all that’s left is to install the dry wall.
This is a good time to check the rubber gasket (also known as weather stripping) at the bottom of your garage door. If it isn’t attached well and isn’t creating a tight seal when it’s lowered to the floor, or it looks like it’s suffered a lot of wear-and-tear, a garage door technician can come out and replace it for you.
A well-insulated garage is one that could be turned into a workshop, a game room or extra bedroom, a space to practice music, or whatever else you can think of. When using your garage as an extra living or working space, pay close attention to the condition of your garage door and opener. Damages or extreme wear and tear can make spending time in your garage potentially dangerous. For these reasons, setting up an annual garage door inspection schedule with AmeriServ can help make sure that you and your belongings are kept safe at all times.