Insulating your garage is always a good investment for your money. Even if you use your garage as a machine shop, sports equipment storage or just to park your car, insulating your garage will help to reduce the bills of your house and will also help to make your garage be warmer in the wintertime and cooler in the summertime. Insulating your garage is something you can accomplish even if you do not have any experience with this matter. Even if your garage stands alone or attached to your house, or even if it has an attic space. With just proper planning and having the right equipment to work with, you can insulate your garage faster than you think.
If your garage is attached to the house, this will reduce the heating and cooling bills and even if your garage is separated from the house, insulating your garage will mediate the temperature within, thus protecting the garage from wide changes of temperature.
To insulate your garage, you will have to cover the four areas of the room and those are the walls, floor, roof and the garage door. To determine the type of insulation to use, better know how your walls are constructed. Keep in mind that masonry walls are the most difficult type of wall to insulate, but the R-value on insulating this type of wall is already far greater than other types of walls. The R-value is measurement of the insulating materialís resistance to the movement of heat and the effectiveness of the insulation. Insulation with a higher R-value will also have a higher initial cost, but you will also see a long-term saving in heating and cooling costs for a higher R-value. Most likely, your garage walls are made of stud construction, which is enclosed on the inside or open to the interior.
If your walls are made of studs and are open to the interior, the most economical option is to use batt or blanket insulation. When looking for your insulation, consider the size, material and the R-value. Measure the depth of the stud, the distance between studs, and determine the size of insulation that will corresponds with your measurement. Of course it is also a necessity to find a higher R-value to have a better quality of insulation.
The most usual type of blanket insulation is made of fiberglass. If you are going to use fiberglass make certain that your skin will not get exposed to it since if inhaled, your lungs can get damaged. Don't forget your face mask and gloves when working.
In the event of installing the insulation, measure the amount you will need so that it can run parallel to the studs, and carefully cut it with a utility knife. Place the insulation on so that the paper on one side is facing you. Use a staple gun to attach the narrow lip of paper on each side of the insulation to the stud. Enclose the insulation using drywall or pegboard, which can also be easily performed.
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