There is still time left before the rainy season and cold temperatures begin. Make the best of it by finishing projects that will make your home cozier this winter. One idea includes adding garage insulation in Seattle. It will make those trips to your car or to use the washer and dryer a bit more pleasant. Plus, you will have a warmer, less drafty workspace for your projects. Here are the types of insulation that work well in garages:
- Batt insulation: A combination of cotton and fiberglass, batt insulation is the most cost-effective option. Since some households do not use garages for much more than quick visits to retrieve a tool or use laundry appliances, low-cost insulation options are often a good decision. It is easy to install, since all you or your contractor needs to do is wedge it between the studs. The drawback is that, if your garage does not contain drywall, you will need to completely remodel it. Also, if you paint, enjoy woodworking or have other hobbies that involve stains and odorous chemicals, you may need a vapor barrier, as well, so the fumes will stay out of your home.
- Blown-in insulation: This is a convenient option, especially if your garage lacks drywall. It comes in installation kits and all you or your contractor need to do is put a hole in the wall and blow the insulation into it. Once the hole is patched, you enjoy all the benefits of an insulated garage. This happens quickly and often works well for garages since they are cluttered spaces. Installing batt insulation and any drywall involves removing all items from your garage for the duration of the project. This is definitely an advantage if you have washers and dryers, large power tools or storage from the last decade that you do not wish to move around. It is not always a cost effective option, and professional installation is recommended. But many people find it worth the expense for the time savings alone.
- Foam board: Blown-in insulation in Seattle is not within everyone’s budget, and drywall and remodeling may not be appealing either. That is where foam board comes in. Rigid boards of insulation do not require support other than being secured to the garage walls. However, you will need to check your building codes first, since it is often prohibited. If you have this option available to you, be sure to find a brand that is flame tested and add a radiant barrier for extra protection.
Insulation choices will depend on your budget and what you do in your garage. If you use it only for storage, your needs will be different from those who finish projects using chemicals or power tools. You can talk to an experienced expert about your plans so you make a good choice for insulation that offers benefits without any dangers to your household.
Stewart Lumber & Hardware Co. has many items for your building and remodeling needs, including insulation in Seattle. Visit us today to get a start on insulating your garage.