Like most homeowners, your garage is the largest uninsulated area of your home. Also like most homeowners, you may think your garage does not need to be insulated. However, insulating your garage can have unforeseen benefits that may persuade you into considering insulating your own garage.
Insulating attached garages can have a great influence on your home’s overall insulation. With the garage and your home sharing a wall, or in some cases multiple walls, the garage pulls more heat from your home than you may think. Although you may not be able to feel the difference, garages can pull a significant amount of heat from the home due to their size, putting strain on central heating and air systems. This holds true even more so for garages with uninsulated metal doors. Because of this, attached garages are typically closer in temperature to the interior of the house than the exterior temperature, possibly leading to the development of condensation inside the garage, which, if isn’t properly dealt with, can lead to water damage over time.
You can make a big difference by simply adding or replacing the weatherstripping on the bottom of the garage door. This will help prevent some heat loss, as well as hinder some moisture from entering the area. Adding insulation to the door itself will provide you with the greatest results. Injected foam insulation is a popular and effective method of insulating garage doors. It is cut into panels for simple application. This combined with the relative small space of a garage, makes this one of the simplest and cheapest insulation projects you can do to improve your home.
If you have a detached garage, you may have to take a different approach to insulating. It’s clear by not sharing any walls with your home that a detached garage has no effect on your home’s heating and cooling efficiency. However, if you spend a considerable amount of time in your detached garage, you may want some of the perks that come with central heating and air. Many people choose to use their detached garages as a separate living space, with some choosing to use it as a rec room by adding a ping-pong or air-hockey table, while others may use it as a year-round workshop. In cases such as these, it will benefit more to have the whole garage insulated, rather than just the door. Although projects like this can be expensive, it is far cheaper than installing a separate heating and air system, and will provide you with an extra livable space able to be used all year long. Those that don’t use their detached garages as extra living space, may want to consider some mild form of insulation. Even adding some weatherstripping around points of entry will help prevent some future repairs.
A lack of insulation in your garage can lead to a number of issues, including animal infestation, moisture damage, and higher energy bills. But, by adding insulation to your garage, or by replacing your garage door with an insulated one, you can greatly reduce or eliminate these issues while also creating a potential extra living space for you and your family. If you have questions about your garage insulation project or are interested in having an insulated garage door installed, contact your local garage door experts at RCS Garage Doors.