Tips on Selecting Right Insulation
The material used for the purpose of insulation varies. You can either use garage door insulation kits or foam sheathing insulating material. Another alternative is reflective foil insulation that comes in the form of a thin sheet, which has a reflective foil attached to its back. The efficiency of the insulation is determined by its R value. It’s sectioned into grades of high, medium, and low. When the R value is high, it provides better thermal efficiency. If the rating for the R value is of a mediocre quality temperature and noise regulation is reduced by the extent proportionate to it. An R value of a low range would be of lesser quality.
How to Insulate a Garage Door
The material purchased is maintained in a compressed state. Before opening the package take the different dimensional measurements of the door and the floor to understand the quantity of material needed for the work of insulation. The bought product is either polystyrene foam or polyurethane foam sheets. Instructions for fixing it to a door panel are given below.
Take the polyurethane foam sheets and cut it as per the measurements of the door panels. Use a putty knife to tuck the foam along the panels of the garage door. Cover up the foam with the help of aluminum foil tap. Alternatively, a stiffer quality of this material can also be opted for. You have to cut them and attach to the door panels with glue. Fix the foam with panel brackets to secure them further.
Weather strips is another excellent option. These are available with several specifications suited for different purposes. Pressure-sensitive adhesive-backed foam is quite cheap and easiest to install on a door. It is reinforced with rubber and plastic coating, which raises its efficiency. They are available in rolls and of varying lengths and thickness. When the strips are fit to the door, it provides a padding effect which reduces noise on account of slamming. The durability of this material lasts up to three years. Here are the instructions for its usage:
- Remove the back layer of the strip and paste it on the garage door.
- Apply adequate pressure so that it adjusts well to the door surface. If required, you can put some nails to fix it tightly.
- In case you are opting for a kit, refer to the instruction manual provided by the manufacturer.