This time of year, it's easy to dread going into your garage, whether it's to start your car or pack away your Christmas decorations (no judgement). How can you make it a little less dreadful? Try insulating your garage doors! Here's how!
Before beginning this garage door D.I.Y., first know that adding insulation adds weight to a garage door. Extra weight isn't a problem with 9 foot wide doors, but can strain mechanisms behind larger doors. Before insulating a larger door, the spring tensions might have to be adjusted…which is a job better left for us. However, if your door is 9 (or less) feet wide, this D.I.Y. how to is for you!
There are several different types of insulation to choose when insulating your garage doors:
1. Reflective-This type of insulation reflects radiant heat, making it a great insulation choice for West Texas.
2. Foam Board-Foam board provides high insulating value for relatively little thickness.
3. Batt-This insulation is typically made of fiberglass and backed by paper foil. When insulating your garage doors, consider purchasing a garage door insulation kit. They generally contain insulating, fasteners and utility tools.
Also, keep in mind when choosing an insulation, that you want to match your garage door to the insulation you choose.
Steel Doors-These doors can accommodate any type of insulation. You can either squeeze foam board into the frames or stuff flexible insulation around the panels (fiberglass side touching the door).
Wood Doors-For wood frame and panel doors, cut and fit rigid insulation into the recesses between the frames. Two layers of foam board may be necessary for extra climate control.
Flat Doors-For doors without panels, foam board or reflective insulation is best. Just glue or tape the insulation you choose to the door.
We hope those tips help to keep your garage a little more comfortable during these cold winter months! If you have questions, or need our service, please feel free to contact us anytime!