Installing a Garage Insulation Blanket
A garage insulation blanket or batt can make or break your heating and cooling costs. You will need to be sure that it is done properly so that you will not have to later pay to have it redone. It is important that you are aware of the types of insulation and what will work best for your home. Remember that there is a lot that goes into it, but the more that you know about it, the better off you will be. Installation for garage insulation can be very simple as long as you know the right steps that you will have to take.
Step 1 – Know Your Rating
It is important that you understand what the R rating is on the insulation blankets. The rating will help you to determine how much heat flow the insulation has. The higher the value of the rating, the less heat will be able to flow through. This will mean that the heat in your home will stay put during the winter and will stay outside during the summer. Typically, with a garage you will want R-13 or higher. The best way to determine what type of insulation you should be looking for is to check your local building codes.
Step 2 – Measure
You will need to measure the stud space that is in your walls. This will help you to determine the right depth and thickness of the insulation that you will need.
Step 3 – Where to Install
You will need to install the insulation behind the sheetrock or drywall. This is why it is ideal that your garage is unfinished when you are installing the insulation. If you happen to have a finished garage, then a small hole can be made in the sheetrock or drywall and the insulation can be blown in.
Step 4 – Installation Tips
It is important that you do not cram the insulation into the space. It should fit comfortably, when you are cutting the insulation, be sure that it is the exact right length. If the garage that you are installing this insulation in has leakage problems, then you will need to get these fixed before you install your insulation. Once insulation and sheetrock become wet, they will retain that moisture and mold will begin to grow. Also remember to wear gloves and safety glasses as well as long sleeves and long pants. Insulation can irritate the skin if it comes into contact with it.
Step 5 – Installation
You will need to get the paper backers unfolded onto the strip of insulation. These strips are meant to extend over the stud. This will help to allow the insulation to securely fasten to the space of the stud. With the carpenter’s staple, staple each backer two feet apart of each stud.
You will need to repeat this process until you have done it all over the area. It is important that you cut out holes for switches or for the electrical outlets.