Insulate Your Garage Ceiling to Save Energy and Money
Garage ceiling insulation not only helps your garage stay cool in the summer but can also save you a lot on energy bills. Insulation is usually installed before drywall (or any surface to be painted) is applied. This must happen correctly not to waste energy or have toxic car fumes seep into the living space. Builders sometimes neglect to install insulation because they want to save money or are inexperienced with the process. This article should help homeowners and property managers understand why garage ceiling insulation is essential for their homes and how it can benefit them financially if done properly.
Why Should I Insulate My Garage Ceiling?
Insulating your garage ceiling can save you money and keep it cool in the summer. It also helps to stop energy from being wasted and toxic car fumes seeping into the living space.
If there’s a Living Space Above the Garage, It should Have Insulation.
Garage ceilings are a common place for significant amounts of heat to escape. Insulating your garage ceiling will help keep the temperature in your home more consistent, saving you money on energy and comfort.
Insulating your garage ceiling is especially important if there’s a living space above it because it will help keep the living space cool in the summer and warmer in the winter. The only time you might consider not insulating your garage ceiling is when it is detached from your building.
Insulation materials include spray foam, fiberglass batts or blankets, cellulose insulation panels with foil facing for heat reflecting properties, plus vapor barrier protection as an added moisture control measure.
Installing New Garage Ceiling Insulation Or Upgrading Old Insulation
Insulating a garage ceiling is a crucial step to take, but it can be difficult. Before installing insulation in your garage ceiling, some steps need to be taken first. The air sealing process in the garage should always come before any other work done on the ceiling. Air sealing will ensure that no energy is wasted and toxic car emissions are not allowed into your living space.
The Best Material For Garage Ceiling Insulation
Spray Foam: Spray foam insulation is easy to apply and inexpensive. However, it does not provide the same R-value as fiberglass batts or blankets do. This means that if you’re looking for a high level of energy efficiency in your garage ceiling, then this type should be avoided. Fiberglass Batts/Blankets: Fiberglass insulation is the most popular type for garage ceilings. It provides R-values of up to 23 and has an excellent record in delivering long-term energy efficiency while being relatively inexpensive.
The only downside of fiberglass batts is that they need continuous air space or ventilation between each layer, which may not always be available.
Odowatts Insulation: Odowatts is water-resistant, cross-linked polyolefin insulation that can be applied to the garage ceiling. It will provide R20 and has excellent thermal resistance properties while remaining lightweight. This insulation type is also recommended for those who live in humid climates because it absorbs less moisture than other types.
The insulation will also not settle or compress, withstanding the weight of vehicles and equipment that are often stored in garages over time.
Odowatts is more expensive than fiberglass batt insulation, but it pays for itself over time because of its excellent thermal performance properties.
Before deciding on the best material to install in your garage ceiling, our professionals will test the area and find out if you want to use it for more than just a garage and storage space. If you’re going to use it for a workshop, for example, the type of insulation material might differ from when it’s just for storage and cars.
At A1 Home Insulation, we have the best materials for all your garage ceiling insulation, as well as experienced professionals to seal and insulate the garage ceiling correctly.