If you have a usable living space above your garage, it is important for you to insulate it as well as possible. This is critical for two reasons, actually. First, if your garage is not heated or cooled, then you have to worry about it being difficult and expensive to keep the room above it temperature-controlled. Secondly, you want to protect yourself and your family from any fumes that might waft up from your garage. This means that you should take insulating the floor above your garage a bit more seriously than other insulated parts of your home. Luckily, following three simple steps can help you insulate this area as effectively as possible.
1. Install an Air Barrier
First of all, you should install an air barrier above the subflooring. This can be made of plywood or drywall, but it should be relatively thick. This will be your first line of defense to help keep the air from beneath from getting into the area above your attic.
2. Seal it Up
Next, you will need to be very thorough in sealing off all areas above your garage that could allow air into the room. The best thing to use for this job is a tube of caulk along with a caulking gun. You will need to carefully seal around your air barrier. Then, you will need to check all of the tiny corners and crevices. When you are applying caulk for this purpose, just remember that you don't need to use a lot. A few tiny little beads in each area should be just fine as long as you smooth them out carefully and evenly.
3. Use Extra Insulation
You will not want to skimp on the amount of insulation that you use in this area of your home. Spending a little bit of extra money on an extra roll of insulation will be well worth it when you are able to keep your above-garage room warm during the winter and cool during the summer. Pack in the insulation very tightly so that you have put as much underneath the floor as you can while still allowing the floor to lie flat on top.
Insulating your entire home is important, but it's particularly important in certain areas, including beneath the floor that is above your unheated and uncooled garage. Luckily, these three steps will help you ensure that you have insulated this area as effectively as possible.
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