A Handy Guide to Insulating Your Own Garage Door

A Handy Guide to Insulating Your Own Garage Door

You might think living in Elk Grove, California that you don’t need an insulated garage door. That couldn’t be further from the truth. An insulated garage door keeps out the hot as well as the cold. This can significantly cut down on your air conditioning costs. It also makes your house less noisy as an insulated garage door minimizes the noise that comes in from the street and neighborhood.

Most people don’t realize you don’t need to install a whole new garage door to enjoy the benefits of insulation. The truth is you can make a few simple repairs to add insulation to any existing garage door. Here’s how.

Measure Your Insulated Area

First, measure the areas of your garage door that are 12 inches in from the side. Mark these areas. Make sure they are centered.

Cover your markings with double sided tape. Attach retainer clips to all areas covered by the tape.

Next, measure each individual panel on your garage door. Even though they look the same size, they will vary to some degree.

Cutting & Tucking the Insulation

Next, you need to cut insulation for each measured area. You’ll want the insulation to be 1 to 2 inches larger than the space you measure in the panels. This will give you more room to work with if you make mistakes.

Caution: The insulation materials are highly irritating to the skin. Always wear gloves, goggles, and protective clothing when handling them.

Next, you’ll need to tuck the insulation into each panel — shiny side facing forward. You always want the covering side visible, no matter which type of insulation you are working with.

Last Steps

Next, you’ll need to fasten the clips. Feel for the retention clips under the insulation. Make small incisions by the clips and fasten them to the clips.

Finally, finish the job by adding a garage door bottom seal. This easy DIY garage door repair will prevent water, debris and pests from getting in under your door.