Insulating your garage walls is the answer to a more conducive and comfortable living and working space since most garages have a wall link to the main house. Moreover, the insulation will help you save on energy bills, keep you cooler in the summertime and warm in winter.
In addition, garage wall insulation also minimizes the level of annoying sound from it and the outside. This means you can work comfortably without any outside intrusion. Besides, if you happen to have a workshop in there, you can work without a worry of disturbing anyone outside or in the main house.
Besides, garages are always home to loads of flammable, noxious and toxic stuff. You can find paint, gas, oil, different kinds of chemicals and cleaning products as well as pesticides and batteries.
Likewise, carbon monoxide from your car can also seep in through the wall to the main house, causing more harm to your family. Therefore, you will need to air seal the wall cavities that connect the garage to your main house.
Moreover, if you are insulating a garage wall attached to your main house, always install the insulation backward. This means that the paper side of the fiberglass insulation will have to face the wall. I suggest you follow guides provided on websites like Besthomegears.com for detailed explanations.
However, for the other wall parts not attached to the main house, you will install the fiberglass insulation with the paper side facing you and not the wall. After which you can only staple the stud edges and not the inside, to allow insulation to fill the entire cavity.
What You Will Need to Insulate Your Wall Garage
- Fiberglass foam
- Insulation gun
- Staple gun and staples
- A metal measure to use as a cutting line
- A craft knife
- Air vapor plastic sheeting
Systematic Guide to Insulating Your Garage Wall
Here is an efficient process of insulating your garage-wall properly.
- Make preparations
In order to insulate a garage wall properly, you will have to prepare it all over. Moreover, you will have to address all the other areas that need to done separately, like the window edges and electrical fittings.
- Install the air-vapor plastic around Studs in the wall
First, bare the areas around the stud and any fitting on the wall and cover them with an air vapor plastic sheeting, to cut the conducting power of the bare area. The paper side should face you. After which you can remove the excessive leftover with a metal ruler or a craft knife.
You will have to do the whole garage area, making sure that all the places that will not be covered with the fiberglass foam are well covered with the air-vapor plastic sheeting.
- Cover entire room with vapor seal
You will have to remove all the interior wall covering and start stapling the vapor seal from one end of the garage wall to the other. Make sure you staple it after every one foot or so.
If you are to use another roll, remember to cover the layer you have just put on and moved forward. This guarantees a complete insulation.
Besides, the vapor seal rolls are usually large, so you can do a whole wall easily, from up to down.
- Seal the edges
Once you are done with sealing the whole garage wall, you can proceed to cut around and staple the edges of windows and power outlets very fast.
- Insert Foam
The last step involves inserting the foam. First, reinstall the inner wall covering the film and then get the foam gun for some action. You can then proceed to make holes on top of the garage walls, between each stud.
Then fill the space to capacity with fiberglass foam, use a foam gun. Repeat this action until you are done with the whole garage wall.
Once you are done, you can do one more round but with a sealant gun, filling the holes you drilled and tidying them up with a metal spatula. Once it dries, you can paint it.
Conclusively, insulating a garage wall is not that hard, if you know how to and have the right ingredients. All you need is a spare weekend to get the job done. After which you will be enjoying the time spent there.
Author: Oliver Walsh