If you spend much of your free time working or playing in your garage, you want the space to be comfortable throughout the year. But if your garage is freezing cold in the winter or extraordinarily hot in the summer, you might feel less inclined to use it. Try the helpful things below to make your garage more comfortable today.
Seal Your Garage
Like other living areas around your home, your garage door, windows, and doors should be properly sealed against the outside world. However, sealant, or caulk, doesn't last forever. Age, wear, and even dirt can wear down or damage the caulking around your garage door and windows. A poorly sealed garage can allow heat or cold air to build up inside the structure over time.
If possible, check your garage for cracked, old, or visibly missing caulk. Also, look for visible damage in your garage's weatherstripping. If you find problems with any area of your garage, remove and replace the caulk immediately. Be sure to caulk the outside surfaces (exterior) of your windows as well. Unsealed windows can allow water, hot air, and cold air to leak into your garage and home.
If some of the structures in your garage are particularly troublesome, try insulating them instead.
Insulate and Secure Your Garage
Insulation can help fill in large spaces around your windows, doors, and garage door. However, you don't want to use just any insulation in your garage. You want to use something that keeps moisture out of your garage as well as warm or cool air inside it, such as closed-cell spray foam. Closed-cell spray foam works well against moisture and other substances that can damage the structures in your garage.
You don't want to apply closed-cell spray foam yourself. There are special techniques and considerations you must use in order to use the spray properly. In this case, you'll need to ask a contractor to apply the foam for you.
A contractor can apply the foam without compromising the structures around your garage's windows and doors. Closed-cell spray foam may not work well when placed in deep places, such as wall voids. A contractor knows how far to insert the foam and where.
After you insulate your garage's windows and doors, be sure to keep the room well-ventilated during the year. Also, consider connecting or installing an HVAC system in the garage to keep the temperature comfortable.
If you need help insulating your garage, contact a spray foam contractor today.