Adding insulation to your garage will only add benefits to your lifestyle and your home’s value. It will decrease the cost of your energy bill because the insulation will keep the garage warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. If your garage is attached to your home, the neutralized temperature will also keep your house warmer or cooler without outside influences sneaking in. It will keep your car at a more comfortable temperature, it will offer you the option of heating the garage once it’s insulated, and it will allow you the luxury of incorporating the garage into your daily living space!
Insulating your garage is a simple process that you can complete on your own, and the initial cost is worth the money you’ll save in energy bills and the increased value of your home. To get started, follow these steps:
1. Find out your local building codes to make sure that the type of insulation you want to add is in sync with these codes.
2. If you want to add electric or plumbing to the garage, complete these processes before insulating. If you want to heat the garage, you can do that after insulating.
3. Measure your garage to see how much insulation you’ll need. If your attic resides in the garage, you might want to consider insulating this area too. You could also insulate the ceiling, the floor and the door for the most energy efficiency.
4. Determine the R-Value of your garage, which is how much insulation is needed in order to keep the weather conditions in your area out.
5. Choose the type of insulation that will be most beneficial to your needs. Options include batt insulation, which is rolls of insulation made of fiberglass or wool; loose-fill insulation, which comes in chunks that are blown or sprayed onto the area; reflective insulation, which is foil that reflects heat and prevents it from leaving the garage; or rigid insulation, which is made from foam and contains a high R-Value, but needs to be covered with drywall because of its flammability.
Once you have the insulation, move all objects away from the walls. If you’re using rolls of insulation, cut the pieces to fit between studs and joists, and try to cover every square-inch so that air cannot come in or go out. If you’re using spray insulation, wear a mask and goggles. When you’re done, enjoy your cozy, energy-efficient space!
To read up on eco-friendly insulation, read our article titled Energy Efficient Insulation. For more information, read this article from home-garage-help.com. Look for an upcoming blog about heating your garage!