Insulation for your Garage
Insulation for your garage can be very important, especially if your home has a bedroom or bonus/game room over your garage. The room above can certainly be cooler in the winter and hotter in the summer, as compared to the rest of your home. Insulating the garage can even this out and can save money on your utility bills.
First, you will need to evaluate your options for installing the insulation:
- Are you going to do it? Or to hire a professional insulation contractor?
- Are the walls open – can you see the stud walls, or is the garage sheet rocked?
- How large is your garage?
- What’s your budget?
- What are your local building codes for garages?
DIY or Hire an Insulation Contractor
This solely depends on your level of expertise and comfort in tackling a project like this. If you have any apprehension, then it is suggested to at least consult with a licensed insulation contractor.
Type of Insulation
If your garage walls are open, then you will need to install lame-spread rated batt insulation and then install sheetrock to secure the insulation as well as improve its performance.
If your walls are already coved with sheetrock, then the blown-in insulation is the easier way. In this method, of course you will not have to remove and replace the sheetrock.
You will want to either check your local building codes yourself or if you hire an insulation contractor, they will take care of this. Sheetrock thickness, as well as fire codes, have to be met in order to comply with local code. Also you may have to install smoke detectors as well. You will certainly want to comply with the local building codes, and make sure your storage of liquids such as gasoline for the lawn equipment, propane, etc are stored in such a way that it too complies with the code.
If you need any help with either evaluating your situation or hiring someone to insulate your garage, please email or give us a call at (256) 326-4232 and we’ll gladly come out for a free consultation.