With winter right around the corner, you may want to think about insulating your garage. But is it worth it? There are pros and cons of insulating your garage, and we’ll cover a few of them here.
Think of what you use your garage for in the winter. If it’s simply to store your car and tools, then you may want to skip insulating. However if you spend time working in your garage, perhaps at a work table, insulating your garage can make it a lot more comfortable to spend time in.
Insulating a garage does not in itself make the room warmer. It simply means that if you supply heat, that heat will stay in the garage longer. So if you’re using a space heater now and it works for you, you can probably just continue using that. However if you’d like the overall room temperature to be more comfortable, insulating it is the way to go.
Another factor to think of is how the garage is connected to the house. If the garage is freestanding, then it does not use any heat from the house, but if the garage is connected to the house, it could be sucking heat energy out of the house and costing you money for nothing.
There are different levels of insulation, such as merely tightening up any crevices or gaps that connect your garage to the outside. If your garage door is not flush and ‘sealed’ with the ground, that can let in a cold draft. You can add insulation to an existing garage door, or buy an actual insulated door if you have the budget.
Insulating your garage doesn’t just pay off in winter, the same benefits apply in summer, although the reverse is true: your garage will stay plenty hot without a means to cool it down. Insulation just maintains temperature, it doesn’t control it.
If you have any questions about insulating your garage door, please don’t hesitate to ask us. We can take a look at your door and determine what options might be right for you.