Keeping your garage well-insulated is important. Keeping your garage warmer, if it is attached to your home, can help keep your entire home warmer. Insulating your garage door can help make your garage a warmer place in the winter, and can help make your vehicle a little warmer as well. When it comes to insulating your garage door, there are a few things you should understand.
Choose an Insulation Material
First, you need to choose what type of material you want to use to insulate your garage door with. The two most popular types of insulation used on garage doors is foil-faced rigid foam or fiberglass batt panels. Foil-faced rigid foam will give the interior of your garage a silver appearance, and the insulation will be protected by the foil. With a fiberglass batt panels, the interior of your garage door will look like insulated paper, which is not as visually appealing. However, the fiberglass will be well-protected.
You can purchase the insulation as a stand-alone material, or you can choose to purchase a garage door insulation kit. A garage door insulation kit is generally the easier way to go, although you may pay a little bit for this convenience. The insulation should be measured and cut to size, so you will have very little cutting to do on your own. The kit should also contain special hooks that will make it easier for you to hang up the insulation.
When you purchase the insulation on your own, you will have to do more measuring and cutting. You will also have to figure out how you want to hang the insulation on your garage door and purchase the appropriate tools for hanging up the material.
Prepare and Install the Materials Together
Once you have chosen the insulating materials, you need to get the material together and start the insulation process.
You are going to need to measure your garage door. Most garage doors have panels that fold. You will want to use a different piece of insulation on each folding panel, so measure the width and length of each folding panel. Then, use a marker to transfer the measurements onto the insulation so you'll know where to cut.
To cut the insulation, you'll want to use a straightedge ruler as well as a utility knife to score along the line that you drew. You can generally break the insulation in half after you score the material without needing to cut all the way to through the material.
Once you have cut all of the panels, it is time to install the panels. Apply the adhesive or hang up the hooks, then install the insulation on your garage door.
Enjoy a Warmer Space
Once you install the insulation, you are all set to enjoy your warmer garage. As soon as the insulation is in place, it starts working, and you will notice that the temperature in your garage is a little more consistent and not as cold once you have the insulation in place.
If you want to enjoy a warmer and more temperature-controlled garage, insulating your garage door is the first place to start. You can insulate your garage door yourself if you have time or materials, or you can hire a professional garage door installation contractor to insulate your garage door.