It’s a common renovation we see, converting a garage into an extra room. Whether it be an extra lounge, bedroom or study, an essential aspect of this conversion is to insulate the area, to bring it up to standard with the rest of the home.
It is under this scenario that one usually gets around to giving garage door insulation some thought.
In order to maximise the use of the space, people generally tend to construct a living area above the garage. This is perfectly okay as long as adequate precautions have been taken pertaining to the insulation of the garage doors.
There are a few reasons for this. One is the possibility of thermal exchange taking place between the exterior and the conditioned interior. When this happens, if there is an opening in the garage ceiling, heat or cold can seep through. This is because of the poor insulation of the garage door and this gets reflected in the floor of the room above.
Another reason is that the walls within the garage, as well as the adjoining rooms, could also absorb the heat or the cold. Leading to lowered comfort levels within the rest of the home.
Although the garage doors are not air tight, there are ways to improve their thermal boundary. Hiring a professional insulation installer ensures the insulation is correctly fitted to minimise the chances of heat escaping.
The panels on the garage doors are usually covered by an insulating material, commonly something that is foam based.
However, recent advancements in insulation technology have resulted in the advent of newer and more effective materials. The professionals who do this work day in and day out will advise you on the most up to date options.
Apart from insulating the garage door panels, there are other things to look into as well. Ensure that there is no gap between the garage door and the floor, this may allow hot or cold air inside.
Double lip weather stripping is one of the most common materials that helps in this regard. Additionally, any other gaps such as those around the hinges in the doors should be sealed.
Article kindly supplied by thermadoor.