Many homeowners avoid insulating their garage because they think that the garage doesn’t have a direct effect on the living conditions inside of the house. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case, especially if you have a room above the garage or if the garage is connected to the house. In fact, an uninsulated garage can cause an increase in energy bills and cause drafts to come through the connecting walls and doors. There are a variety of different insulation options, including cellulose and fiberglass, but the best option when it comes to insulating a garage is spray foam. Spray foam insulation is highly durable, quick to install, and will last for years. Here are just some of the benefits you can expect when you make the decision to insulate your garage
with spray foam.
Good for the Environment
Any type of insulation will help to lower energy usage in your home, which in itself, is good for the environment. But, spray foam insulation is often made from recycled materials that have been derived from renewable sources, so it allows you to reduce your carbon footprint. With the saved energy, you will be doing your part in making a difference to climate change, which will ultimately have a positive effect on the environment in the future.
Resistant to Mold and Mildew
Spray foam insulation provides tighter coverage in spaces, which unlike other types of insulation, prevents water from seeping into small spaces where mold growth and mildew can occur. Spray foam insulation is water-resistant, so unlike other insulations, such as fiberglass, it will not absorb and retain water, making the Space where it has been installed resistant to mold and mildew.
Regulates Heating and Cooling
An uninsulated garage will generally retain the heat and cold, which will cause your home to have cold and hot spots. Spray foam insulation regulates the temperature in the garage, ultimately providing an even temperature inside your home’s living areas. When temperatures are regulated, it helps to prevent your HVAC from working harder than it needs to, reduces energy use, and keeps you comfortable all year round.
Reduces Outdoor Noise
Regardless of whether you live in the city or in a rural area, outdoor noise pollution can be frustrating and annoying when you’re looking forward to a quiet night in. Spray foam insulation provides a tight seal in all of the spaces where it’s installed, so it helps to block outside noise pollution from penetrating through the walls and into your home. If you use your garage as a workshop, the sound of the power tools can be overwhelming for those who are inside the house, spray foam prevents the sound from traveling, allowing you to play your music louder and use your power tools without worrying about the noise being heard in the house.
Provides Protection Against Pests
Mice and other pests are often attracted to moisture and when the moisture they find is located near the walls separating your house from the garage, they will eventually find their way inside your home. Pests, such as mice can wreak havoc wherever they go, oftentimes causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage, especially if they manage to chew through the electrical wiring. But, spray foam insulation is water-resistant and it provides all spaces in which is installed with a tight seal, so spray foam provides double protection against pests that may otherwise easily enter your home.
Durable and Low Maintenance
Since spray foam insulation is water-resistant and provides draft protection, it is less susceptible to the wear and tear that the elements can inflict on other types of insulation. The material used in making spray foam is extremely durable, so it can last for years to come. If you’re not someone who enjoys dealing with home maintenance tasks, spray foam insulation is the perfect choice for your garage. Unlike fiberglass insulation that often needs to be replaced because of pests chewing through it or moisture that has soaked through it, once spray foam insulation has been installed, there is no maintenance required to keep it in top condition.
When it comes to insulation, each type has its own advantages and disadvantages, including cost. Fiberglass is generally the less expensive option, so depending on the size of the area where spray foam insulation is being installed, it may be slightly more costly to install than fiberglass or cellulose insulation, but it is a cost-effective investment. It’s durable enough for you to not have to replace it, it reduces your home’s energy costs and it prevents destruction from pests that would’ve entered the walls. In the long run, spray foam insulation is an investment that will save you money, time, and energy.
For more information about spray foam insulation, contact High Performance Spray Systems.