Garage is Insulated!

We got the insulation up in the garage this past weekend. My dad came down to help me (Thanks Dad!). Caulking and sealing holes/cracks took the bulk of our time. Putting up the insulation took maybe 3 hours once we got into a rhythm. We used 7 rolls of 40′ by 15″ R-13 faced insulation, three tubes of caulk, and 2 cans of Great Stuff foam.

This weekend we’re putting up drywall. I got lucky yesterday and bought the last carpenters 4 foot drywall square from Harbor Freight, which should make our job sizing the drywall easier.

I’m still trying to decide how to insulate the garage door. Lowes and Home Depot sell kits, but they seem overly priced compared to using sheets of polystyrene insulation sheathing (foam board). What would be perfect is a way to put the sheets of polystyrene foam board into the sections of the garage door then cover that with a flexible 16′ x 8′ sheet of white vinyl that will bend with the door when it opens and closes. Please leave comments if you have thoughts on this.

State of the House (Mandato House)

Deck GateThe past couple of months I’ve been focused on the Trans Am project. Last week I finally got the gate made for the deck. Most of the time the gate will be open, but any time we’re out and want either to keep the dog off the deck or Melanie on the deck, we can use the gate. I will stain it when we get a break in the weather.

The next house project is to insulate the garage.  I’ve been holding off on insulating the garage until I got extra outlets wired in, but now I’m just going to forgo the extra outlets and just insulate it. The extra cost of having an electrician add the outlets vs. how often we would use them in the garage pretty much sealed the deal on skipping them.

My plan is to roll-in insulation into the walls, then follow up with drywall. From there on in I’ll be learning how to tape joints and fill in gaps. I’ve never done drywall before, so it will be a good learning experience. It is a garage so I will not feel too bad if I don’t do a top quality job.

The garage door is going to be the most time consuming part of the insulation project. I’ve looked at kits, but they seem overly priced. I will most likely buy strips of foam insulation and glue them in followed by replacing the rubber seals around the door. I estimate about $180 to insulate and drywall the remaining 1-1/2 walls in the garage, and another $200 to insulate the garage door itself. It is crazy to think the door will cost as much, if not more, than to insulate the rest of the garage.

One thing I am going to do is paint a visible vertical line on the footer brick in the garage inline with the vertical studs that way when I go back to hang tools and such, I know where I can drill without using drywall anchors.

What sorts of suggestions do you have for my garage insulation project?