January 20, 2017

Do You Really Need to Insulate Your Garage?

Insulate your garage

Are you trying to figure out whether you really need to heat and insulate your garage, or if there are regulations that make you do it? There are some government entities that say the common walls or shared ceilings in an attached garage are required to have a specific R-value, but there are no requirements for the garage door and other walls. And if you have a detached garage, there aren’t any rules you have to follow at all.

So that leads to why you would even consider tackling an insulation project in your garage. For most, it just comes down to “comfort,” since you don’t really want to deal with humid or freezing conditions when trying to take on that DIY project.

If you still aren’t convinced, these following six reasons just might convince you to insulate and maybe even heat your garage.

Your garage is essentially an addition to your home

Garages are no longer just a convenient place to protect your vehicle. Instead, they have become places filled with possibilities, providing a space for children to play, a location for fitness training and a well-appointed workshop. When you have proper insulation and heating in this area, it means you can use it for all these things and more throughout the year, at comfortable temperatures.

Cold temperatures in a garage can make it into the house

If you have an attached garage, each time the door is opened between the two, the cold and hot air transfers into your home. This also means that both your heating and cooling costs can increase as a result of the temperature fluctuations since you’ll essentially be trying to compensate for the differences in the temperatures between the two areas.

Sometimes there isn’t much choice in the matter

If your garage houses a laundry room or any type of plumbing, you might not have much choice other than insulating and heating it. A frozen pipe is a pain to deal with, and if any of them burst, you’ll also have to deal with costs of replacing them and the amount of time it will take to clean up the mess.

If there is a room situated above the garage, you’ll also need that insulation and heat to make sure the hot and cold temperatures don’t transfer through the ceiling and make the occupant uncomfortable.

Personal property is protected

A properly insulated and heated garage can prevent rust-causing humidity and make sure your decorations, personal items and equipment aren’t subjected to temperature extremes that can ruin them.

Carbon monoxide is dangerous

Whether you have a remote start on your vehicle, or you warm it up so it’s comfortable when you get in, it can lead to a buildup of carbon monoxide, especially if you forget to open the garage door. Pairing insulation with weather-stripping on the access door ensures those dangerous gases won’t make it into your home.

Reduced noise

Whether you like to work on projects in your garage, your kid started a band or you just live in a noisy neighborhood, proper insulation will contain the sounds you produce and keep exterior sounds from making it inside, ensuring you and your neighbors aren’t annoyed.

The garage door matters too!

The garage door acts as another wall in the space. If you insulate and heat the area but you have a garage door that is uninsulated, all that effort will go to waste.

Contact us at 519-942-1956. We will help you decide on the best options for garage door insulation based on your needs. We also offer a free online quotation, or you can use our design center to upload a picture and create the perfect new garage door for your home. Make sure to check out our image gallery for ideas too.


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