The winter season brings frosty mornings, heavy rain, and cold winds. This is why most homeowners take the necessary steps to make sure their home is warm and comfortable in winter. They would insulate their homes to maintain a comfortable living environment and reduce heating cost as well. Others would insulate the pipes to keep them from freezing and bursting. What most people fail to realize, however, is the importance of insulating their garage door.
Most garage doors, commercial or residential, are made of wood, aluminum or steel. They are uninsulated by default. If you have a big garage space, then you’re losing a significant amount of heat through your garage. Garage insulation provides several benefits. Not only will it keep the garage warmer, it also helps minimize heat loss. In addition, the insulation acts as a noise absorbent, which makes the garage quieter.
Here’s how to insulate your garage door.
Choose insulation type
Reflective insulation uses multiple layers of aluminum foil, bubble wrap, and another layer of polyethylene. This forms a barrier against unwanted moisture and heat. Foam board insulation is typically made from polystyrene. Panels range from .5 inch to 1-inch thickness but provide a high insulating value. Batt insulation is commonly made of fiberglass. It is backed by foil or paper, which acts as a barrier against air and vapor.
Measure garage door panels
Before you go out there and buy the materials for this project, you first need to determine the size of your garage door. Door panel sizes vary, so make sure that you measure them. Since you’ll be installing the insulation on the inside, measure the inside.
Cut the insulation
Most door insulation kits are already cut into sheets. You just need to cut them according to the size of metal panels of your garage door.
The door panels aren’t always the exact same size. To save yourself from the headache of wasted material, we recommend that you measure each panel individually.
Affix the insulation up against the door panel. You want them to entirely fill the inside of each panel of the garage door. Trim any excess as needed.