4 Easy Steps for Weatherproofing Your Garage
You spend thousands of dollars a year heating your home. However, one of the culprits responsible for the ever escalating heating bills you receive may be your garage. Most garage ceilings are not finished structures. This means that the typical garage is as well insulated as your average shed. This usually makes them horribly cold during the winter. However, since a garage is what you use to cover and protect your vehicle, you will be going in and out of it every day. This is a big problem. At New Jersey Door Works, we get questions about this all the time.
For most people, finishing their entire garage is not the economical option. However, there are a number of things you can do to reduce insulate the space, while still keeping the area carbon monoxide and fire safe and reducing your heating bills
1. Weatherproof all entry doors
Most garages are entered in from the home by a kitchen door or some other entry way. Making sure that this entry is properly weather sealed with rubber strips that provide air tight seals will make sure warm air does not escape during winter time and that cool air does not escape during the summer. Various providers can fit your door with the appropriate weather stripping and sealing that can make your garage door entry weather tight.
2. Insulate the garage ceiling
While entirely finishing the garage may be economically prohibitive, at minimum a finished room over garage should be looked at. This is a partition between the garage roof and the garage ceiling that creates an insulating layer of air. The Energy Auditing Blog has an excellent article on caulking and air sealing such a space. While this can be an involved project, the savings in heating costs over years will make the effort worth it.
3. Insulating garage walls
This can also be worth it, especially if you have a garage workshop. Much of the same work as a FROG goes into insulating a garage wall. This work needs to be carefully done if you’re doing it on your own due to carbon monoxide concerns, making sure that the work space is well ventilated. Fire safety rules should also be strenuously followed whenever performing a home construction projection.
4. Inspect your garage door and garage door opener system
Even through a roll up garage door by definition cannot be entirely weather sealed, a well-cared for garage door holds out the elements and lowers energy costs. The garage door itself can be weather stripped and most effects of drafts and inclement weather can be held out by a good garage door system. Further, annual garage door inspections can increase safety for your home and security you’re your vehicle, as well as reduce energy costs.