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When Planning Your Insulation, Don't Forget Your Garage

Posted by Becky Eades

Jul 21, 2015 10:30:00 AM

When many people start planning to place the insulation in a new home or add insulation to an existing home, there is one area they tend to skip: the garage. Garages tend to be pretty cold in the winter months, and they sure can pick up heat quickly in the summer. If you want to be comfortable when getting in and out of your car, arranging your sporting goods, or otherwise tinkering in the garage, insulation is essential, and polyurethane spray foam insulation is one of the best choices.


Insulating your garage well offers a number of benefits in addition to comfort. With your garage now more comfortable, you'll feel more compelled to utilize this space to its fullest. You can complete projects in the garage comfortably instead of making a mess elsewhere in the home. You can also store temperature-sensitive items, such as canned goods and paints, in your garage without worry that they'll spoil due to excessive heat or cold. Your energy bills will also be lower. If you have an attached garage, less heat will leak into your actual home when your garage is insulated. With detached garages, you will be able to spend less on heating and perhaps only need to turn the heat on during the coldest of days.

When insulating the garage, there are a few things to keep in mind. Choose an insulation that can withstand and repel moisture, such as polyurethane spray foam insulation. Also, make sure you insulate the thresholds and walls well. This will keep debris like leaves and dirt from blowing in, keeping your garage cleaner as well as warmer. When insulating the garage door, make sure you hire a professional, so you don't damage the opening mechanisms. You can locate a spray foam applicator on NCFI's website.

Topics: Energy Efficiency, Home Design