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Old September 13th, 2009, 06:13 AM   #1
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Default I would like to insulate my garage

And it is a stand-alone bare-stud garage. I was thinking of Sandals post of brightening up the interior to help with seeing better, as the lighting sucks. I have yet to install some flourescent lights...

So I though of adding styrofoam insulation, and killing 2 birds with one stone. But code requires that stuff to be covered with drywall to help fire-proof it. I don't plan on getting a building permit but I am concerned in case a firey accident occurs, so I want to keep the risk/danger low.

I thought of batting insulation, like rolls of Owens-Corning. If I do this, can I buy 24-inch rolls and not cut it? (studding is 16" on-center) and just over-lap it using my staple gun?

Another thing I thought of is OSB or peg-board and using blown insulation.

I have yet to compare numbers of pricing and R-Values, but what are some ideas?

What sort of problems have you run into?

Any pointers?

Do bad insulation couldn't be painted on... Maybe I'll buy a pallet of spray-foam insulation...

And also, is there a cheap kit thats effective for insulating a non-insulated garage door? or a cheap work-around?
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Old September 13th, 2009, 07:52 AM   #2
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you can get 16 inch bast insulation. i used the new staple less r15 and it was very easy and simple to use.

i did the blown in in the attic space to r30 and with my little wood burner i can keep the garage over 70-75 very easily and keep it around 50 over night.
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I ended up with R13 in the walls and R38 in the ceiling with osb. It works great for keeping the heat in, not the brightest on its own but a lot of lights help. I did see a possible cheap option what was bright but not great looking. This guy spray foamed his walls. I am sure it must have been cheap, it did stay bright because it was white. I am not sure if that was OK with code. Another option for the ceiling is to use white steel roofing sheets. A guy I worked with did his with osb on the walls and used the white steel on the ceiling. I liked it because it brightened it up a lot and it worked well with the osb walls.
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Old September 13th, 2009, 09:47 AM   #4
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I would look into spray foam. I think no matter what insulation you used though you would still need to dry wall it for fire protection if you plan on heating it. IMO it would just be the smart thing to do.
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you can get 16 inch bast insulation. i used the new staple less r15 and it was very easy and simple to use.

i did the blown in in the attic space to r30 and with my little wood burner i can keep the garage over 70-75 very easily and keep it around 50 over night.
x2. I also drywalled the whole garage and painted it white. Very-very bright in there and great for wrenching as I can see much better.

You might be able to use some kind of adhesive to attach styrofoam onto your garage door panels to insulate those. The insulated garage door panels that you can buy are just regular garage doors with styrofoam in them.
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my garage has OSB walls with blown in insulation behind it. idk the R value but after i stuffed the eves with insulation my garage stays a comfortable 65 with the heat on in the winter. i just wish i had heated floors.
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We've got a combination of most of the things mentioned here.

We used the 16" R13 and stapled them to the studs, overlapping the paper backing of each one, then using 3M tape to seal the seams. Covered that with drywall and painted it white. On the ceiling, we used the same insulation on the lower level, and R30-something upstairs on the trusses. Covered that with pegboard, painted white.

On the door, I've had people take that pink insulator board (the kind you'd put up on your house while doing siding), cut it to fit the panels of their garage door, and liquid nails it in place. Apparently that works fine. Just make sure your door seal on the bottom doesn't have any daylight showing, or it's pretty much a waste.

With all our crap done, we're able to run a 140k auto-thermostat propane heater, and it'll run for about 10 minutes every hour or so to keep the garage at 75 degrees. Even if we're not running the heater, keeping the door closed will usually keep it around 45-50 throughout the winter.
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we had the spray in insulation with some kind of glue in it stuck to the walls in our barn and then painted it white right on top of it,
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Whatever insulation you go with do put up drywall. Looks very nice afterwards. Will give you satisfaction of completion.
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If you really want a bright garage try the foil faced insulation. If you have overhangs and the insulation touches the roof don't forget to use styrofoam vents to allow the air to circulate.
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For something that size I would look into the spray in cellulose. It will adhere to the walls and be trimmed flat. I don't know about painting it but really don't see that as possible. I think spray foam would be too costly, to do 3" for r-21 I would usually charge 2$ a square foot.
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We had our polebarn / garage spray foamed by a guy who does really good work he did the ceiling as well.

Keeps our garage super super warm in the winter and nice and cool in the summer and we just put up plywood over it for walls
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