Summer is here and so is the heat. This probably means you aren’t even considering the concept of insulation at this time, especially in your garage. Even if you aren’t, or you are but you aren’t sure where to start, check out some of these quick and easy types to learn why you should insulate your garage and how to do it efficiently!
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1) Don’t Hesitate, Insulate!
So, why should you decide to insulate your garage? The number one reason would be to save money. You work hard for your paycheck and it should be literally blown out the window because you don’t have proper insulation in your garage.
You’ll be able to see the results of proper insulation the next time you go to pay your bills.
Insulation also makes your garage a much more habitable space for you and your family. Once properly insulated, you could convert sections into a playroom for the kids or an outdoor office and be just as comfortable in your garage as your home. You can also enjoy other benefits such as better protection from health threats and a better ability to control heat transfer and climate control through your entire home.
2) The In’s and Out’s of Insulation Types
Once you’ve decided to insulate, you need to start looking into the types of insulation available to you.
Foam is well known for being a great insulator with many applications, like this type of foam used to muffle sound.
3) Research the R-Value
The next tip for learning about insulation is getting familiar with R-Values. An R-Value is a way to measure how much heat can move through a specific type of insulation. The higher the R-Value number, the more thermal resistance the insulation provides and is, therefore, more effective. There are different recommended values based on where you live, average temperatures and climate.
4) Doors and Walls
You can boost the value of your insulation by making some simple smart choices with your insulation in regards to particular areas of your garage.
Look into weather stripping for under your garage door. Easy to install, this material will help combat air flow from under your garage door that is a common problem for keeping garage temperatures controlled in any type of weather.
If you don’t want to invest in insulating all of your garage walls, start with just the shared wall between your garage and your home. For some, this might be enough to make the difference. You can always decide to insulate the other walls if you find too much air is escaping.
5) Some Extra Tips
Now that you have the foundational knowledge to start your garage insulation process, here are just a few more things to keep in mind:
-More doesn’t always mean more effective. Insulation packed too tightly will not work as well as if it were properly installed. Don’t go too overboard, a little insulation goes a long way for your garage!
-Spray foam is a type of insulation that you can use for smaller touch-up areas, like cracks and gaps. Consider this once your insulation is installed to fix any areas that might have been missed to make sure you are getting the most out of your new garage feature.
Now that you’re ready to insulate, learn more about what you can do to improve your garage with a free design consultation and estimate from our experts!