Saturday, February 16, 2013

Insulate your Garage Door

When we deal with extreme weather 
(either cold or hot), 
one of the things we can do to keep heating/cooling cost to a minimum, is to insulate our home. 
Garages are usually overlooked.
Insulating the garage, will keep it warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Same for the garage's adjacent room.
***Bonus added: it will also reduce street noise too***

Our two car garage is right underneath our upstairs bedrooms, and right next to our bedroom, so we knew we had to do something about that.
Replacing the garage doors would be nice, but not necessary, so the very next best thing was to insulate the garage doors.
We read a lot of info, and what we settle on
doing was using this a reflective foil insulation. It comes in rolls and it's easy to cut 
(scissors or knife).

The steps are easy.
Cut the insulation the length of your panel door.
Fold (or cut)the excess height if needed.
Mount on the door.

For this steps you will NOT need anything to keep the panels up.

You definitely DO NOT want the insulation to be attached (with tape) to the door. 
For this to work properly, there is a need to create an "air pocket" between the actual door and the insulation.
Easy.
The cost to insulate each garage door is less than $50 (about 2 rolls), much cheaper than buy a new insulated one.

I bought my material at Lowe's, but you can probably find the same material at Home Depot or online.

Stay warm and
Stay Frugal,

19 comments:

Mindi@MyLove2Create said...

Wow I have never heard of such a thing, very great idea and tutorial! I will have to show this to my husband and am pinning so I don't forget! Thanks Daniela

Cristina Garay said...

Two years ago we changed our garage door for a new insulated one, it makes a huge difference! Yours is a really cheap way to do it I guess with the same results!

NanaDiana said...

That is one of the things our company used to do -besides energy efficient windows, siding and doors. People just don't realize how much heat/cooling is lost through all those "leaks". xo Diana

~ Liz ~ said...

You always have such great ideas!
Liz

Revi said...

I love how you don't shy away from the "Non pretty" types of projects. I'd NEVER have thought of doing this. Now, I think it might be a good idea.
:) - Revi

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

Very clever idea Daniela!

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

Very clever idea Daniela!

Kelly said...

That is a great idea! We could use this. Our garage doors aren't insulated either and our garage is located under our house. It is always cold there in the Winter and makes our wood floors above the garage cold. I'll have to share this post with Jimmy.

Traci Creel said...

We are thinking of insultating our garage so this was a timely post. I just showed it to the hubby and he had not seen this product before. Thanks so much for sharing.
I too like that you are posting about something besides pillows and paint, not that I don't like those posts too.
Traci

nygatesus said...

Its amazing how many people spend a lot of money on trying to insulate their house and reduce their energy bills without thinking about insulating their garage door. After all, the garage is just an extension of the house and most garage doors are very poor insulators so you may be wasting a lot of money on your energy bills - especially if you use the garage a lot.

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Brian Runyon said...

Love this idea! Thank you!!

Joe Wilde Company said...

Great tips on insulating your garage door. It's a very good tip and it helps your home remain energy efficient.

We do garage door repair milwaukee area and we love to see posts promoting insulation of doors!

Keep up the great posts!

Roxie Magnus said...

Unbelievable! Did you really have your garage door insulated for less than $50? Cool! Aluminum foils are known for their insulating properties. Now I know why physics is included in the education curriculum! ^_^ On the other hand, I hope you wouldn't have to spend several $50. Is aluminum foil hail/rain proof ? Just curious! Take care.

-Roxie Magnus

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

I have never heard of insulating a garage door, but this caught my eye on your sidebar today and I had to check it out! Makes perfect sense and since I'm about to have 2 garages, I'm doing it! Thanks for sharing this.

Beka said...

Can I ask what specifically you bought and the dimensions of your rolls?

Bonnie Hogan said...

We spent a lot of money replacing the bottom seal on the garage door, only to have a poor fit
between concrete and door bottom. Last year I simply took an old carpet runner that was too stained to use in the house, and laid it across the seal, half in half out under the door. It seals beautifully now, and catches the dirt and debris that I used to have to sweep off the concrete.

Natalie Baldwin said...

Thanks for highlighting that point about the garage, Daniela! If you have to insulate the house, wrap everything up. And that also includes the garage. Even though the main house was well-insulated, the cold and heat could still seep out through the garage. In the end, that variable may cause your HVAC system to compensate more, thereby consuming more energy. Anyway, thanks for sharing!

Natalie Baldwin @ EnviroTech Insulation

Matt Sullivan said...

Interesting! Does looking at the foil bug you at all? Did you consider spraying them to match your door?

John Pellegrini said...

I used foil faced rigid foam insulation and cut it to fit inside the channels of each section of my double garage door. It has made a huge difference inside the garage in the winter. Your method looks a lot cheaper.