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Old November 15th, 2018, 08:20 AM   #1
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I see a bunch of different kits out on the market. My last house had an insulated door and a pretty big oversized 2.5 car and it was easy to keep the temps reasonable but now this 3 car garage and two un-insulated doors is impossible to keep warm, plus the doors face west.

Anybody with any experience with any of the DIY kits?
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Install new insulated doors?
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I bought 1.5" foam cut it to fit, then cut those in half so I could get them in, with duct tape where I cut it, kinda hacked, but it works and was pretty cheap.
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The fiberglass kits from Home Depot are terrible and a waste of money. The pink foam might work, but new doors is the way to go.
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I bought a kit from Menards for my garage. It was better than nothing, but still not as good as a factory insulated door.

Something like this:
https://www.menards.com/main/buildin...2670223&ipos=2
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I bought 1.5" foam cut it to fit, then cut those in half so I could get them in, with duct tape where I cut it, kinda hacked, but it works and was pretty cheap.
Me too. 1.5" bead board.
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Did this quiet down the opening and closing of the garage door at all? I keep waking the baby up when I leave in the morning and I'm thinking this might help quiet the door down a bit
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Did this quiet down the opening and closing of the garage door at all? I keep waking the baby up when I leave in the morning and I'm thinking this might help quiet the door down a bit
It may help some, but more than likely you would need a quieter door opener. I have a liftmaster on my big shop door and you can not really hear it working at all.

On the other hand, the baby should be past that point soon.....
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It may help some, but more than likely you would need a quieter door opener. I have a liftmaster on my big shop door and you can not really hear it working at all.

On the other hand, the baby should be past that point soon.....
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Did this quiet down the opening and closing of the garage door at all? I keep waking the baby up when I leave in the morning and I'm thinking this might help quiet the door down a bit
Yea it did, by quite a bit. Mine it took out the empty barrel sound out of it as I shoved 1.5" of foam into a 1.25 cavity.
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We did the blue board cut and fitted as mentioned above in a friends rental garage years ago. It worked ok, it did cut down on the noise. The foam was free, so in that regard it was well worth it. I'd either do that again, or get a froth pack and spray the door.

I'm not sure what size your door is, but used and still good doors are often listed on CL for free or cheap. Seems like people get a broken spring or cable, and decide to replace the whole door instead of the bad part. If you are ok with a few baseball or hockey puck dings, there seem to be quite a few with dings or dents for free/cheap.

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I'm looking for a viable option that doesn't cost me $2000 for new doors.
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I'm looking for a viable option that doesn't cost me $2000 for new doors.
How big are your doors?? My 2 9x9 insulated doors cost me $500 a piece if I remember right

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I recommend the blue board and blue board adhesive. Do it in 2 pieces and it will probably be as good as an insulated. I know a couple people who have done it that way...
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One is 16x7 and the other is either 8x7 or 9x7. Where did you get an insulated door for 500?
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One is 16x7 and the other is either 8x7 or 9x7. Where did you get an insulated door for 500?
I got mine from menards. Here is a 9x7 insulated door for $372

https://www.menards.com/main/doors-w...4433952348.htm

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My doors are the only insulated thing in my garage. Pretty awesome.
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My doors are the only insulated thing in my garage. Pretty awesome.
Same here in my 24x40 shop with open trusses. I was really hoping to at least have a ceiling in mine for this winter but money and time said otherwise. Maybe next year, for now I will deal with my woodstove that does basically nothing and my torpedo heater that is expensive to run and abnoxiously loud.

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I had insulated doors on my last pole barn. I built it and installed them. They were great. My current barn was already built with uninsulated doors. I got some foam sheets free and put them in. Then filled any voids behind the frame of the doors with spray foam. It is far better now but not as good as my last barn. I sheeted the walls and ceiling the same way and insulated it. Old barn was more efficient. Someday I will replace them.
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I had insulated doors on my last pole barn. I built it and installed them. They were great. My current barn was already built with uninsulated doors. I got some foam sheets free and put them in. Then filled any voids behind the frame of the doors with spray foam. It is far better now but not as good as my last barn. I sheeted the walls and ceiling the same way and insulated it. Old barn was more efficient. Someday I will replace them.
I would do this, even with new doors from Menards. I used to work there. I was never impressed by the insulation, it always seemed to have gaps.
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