Why you should insulate your garage door
With winter knocking on our doors, the temperatures begin to drop and the cold settles in. We rug up, turn our heaters on and try to avoid going outside as much as possible. Unfortunately, stepping into that cold dark garage is inevitable because at the end of the day we all have to make a living. If you use this space for something other than parking your car – e.g. DIY projects, recreation or office space, you may want to consider insulating your garage door. Not only do you protect your space/house from the heat and cold, it can even reduce your electricity bill. Here are some benefits on why and how you should insulate your garage door:
Benefits to insulating your garage door
It may not seem beneficial at first glance and in most cases the garage is an inhabitable space but no matter the circumstance you can benefit from insulating your garage door. By insulating you can achieve –
- Insulation helps keep your garage cool in summer and warm in winter. It indirectly reduces the strain on your home’s heating and cooling systems and thus reduces your energy bills.
- In warmer temperatures humidity tends to build up and this can cause rust damage to recreational equipment, tools and run amuck on other stored items.
- For all you DIY’s out there worried about how much noise you make when powering away in the garage – insulation acts a great sound barrier by absorbing the noise.
- Take advantage of your space, your garage doesn’t have to be just a storage space or a carpark; you can turn it into an office, workshop, playroom or gym.
What are your options?
First, you will need to identify what type of insulation will best suit your garage door. Here are the three most popular types of insulation:
Foam board insulation
Made of polystyrene and offering the highest form of insulation but can be hard to work with as it is quite rigid.
Reflective foil typically sold in rolls consists of a layer of polyethylene in between two layers of aluminium foil. This type of insulation is excellent at reflecting radiant heat making it a winner in warmer climates. Its only downfall is that it is not the most aesthetically pleasing.
Panel kits insulation
Usually made of fibreglass or plastic laminated polystyrene, this is a flexible and easy to install solution to blocking out the elements. Water resistant and easy on the eyes, panel kits are the most popular type of insulation.
Once you have chosen the type of insulation you would like to go ahead with, it’s now time to install. We recommend saving this task to the professionals as D.I.Y jobs can be detrimental to the operation of your garage door. You need to consider the extra weight your garage door is going to be hauling each time it opens and closes. Incorrect measurements can lead to the insulation falling off and gaps with no insulation rendering the entire project useless.
Ultimately, unless you have had previous experience installing insulation – avoid wasting all that time, effort and money, talk to our insulation professionals who can offer you service guarantees and warranties.