How To Insulate A Garage: A Step-By-Step Guide To Insulating Garage Walls, Ceiling, Door And Floor


The annual cost of heating an average two to two-and-a-half car garage in the United States ranges between $600 and $1,500, depending on whether your heater is gas or electric.


While heating equipment can certainly help keep your garage warm, insulating your garage is another way to improve temperature control and keep the cold air out.


We’ll share a step-by-step guide on how to insulate a garage, from the walls and ceiling to the door and floors, and explore the most common types of insulation.


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Types Of Garage Insulation

The most common types of garage insulation include rigid foam, fiberglass, cellulose, spray foam, radiant barriers and reflective insulation such as Prodex.


Let’s compare their characteristics, advantages and disadvantages.


Rigid Foam Insulation


Rigid foam insulation is typically available in 4 x 8-foot sheets with a thickness between 0.5 and 4 inches. It has a reasonable R-value, it's durable and it's more DYI than spray foam.


Rigid foam insulation is often recommended for insulating thin garage walls and doors.


However, it is not recommended for thick walls or floors. It is too airtight, which means it does not allow walls to “breathe,” and this can negatively affect the quality of air inside. It also isn’t pest-resistant.


Fiberglass Insulation


Fiberglass is available in two forms:

  • Bats and blankets, which fit the floor and ceiling joists as well as the wall studs
  • Loose fill fiberglass, which are blown in or poured in manually to fill cracks, gaps and holes in walls and ceilings

Fiberglass is common, fairly easy to install and it's often the default insulation for DYI garage projects.


However, it can accumulate moisture, cause skin, eye and lung irritation, and be a fire hazard.


Fiberglass insulation that has a plastic film on top can help keep out dust and provide a clean, polished look.


Cellulose


Cellulose insulation is made up of chemically treated recycled paper. It is fire-resistant and eco-friendly.


It is loose-fill insulation, which makes it ideal for cavities and gaps on your finished garage ceiling and walls. However, cellulose is costly and can lose its efficiency over time, leading to a decrease in its average R-value of 3.2 per inch.


Spray Foam Insulation


If you plan to use your garage as a living space, spray foam is a good option because it has a high R-value, fits perfectly in cracks and gaps and is resistant to pests.


It’s also a good choice for air sealing to prevent air from moving from inside to outside your garage and vice versa.


However, spray foam is costly, may shrink over time and is difficult to install without the help of professionals.


Prodex


Prodex is a reflective insulation made of reinforced reflective foil and a closed-cell polyethylene foam center.


It is ideal for garage insulation because it prevents a number of issues, including heat, cold, condensation, mold, mildew and noise.


It is durable, light, easy to transport and install, and can help reduce your energy bills by regulating the temperature in your garage.


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The Best Garage Insulation: Prodex

Our recommendation for the best garage insulation is Prodex, a revolutionary all-in-one solution for condensation, temperature extremes, noise, mold and mildew, rodents and bugs.


It combines all the advantages of other types of insulation, plus, it is:


  • Resistant and durable
  • Able to control heat gain and heat loss
  • Able to act as a vapor and air barrier
  • Fire resistant
  • Not affected by humidity and compression
  • Resistant to mold and mildew
  • Resistant to rodents, bugs and birds
  • Able to seal well around nails to block leaks
  • Resistant to noise
  • Able to optimize energy bills

At Insulation4Less we offer a variety of Prodex for insulating your garage walls, door, ceiling and floor.


Choose from Prodex 48 Inch, Fast Action with an additional adhesive line, 72 Inch, 10M with cuts on the edges to overlap rolls, and more.


The installation process with is fast and DYI friendly.


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Benefits Of Garage Insulation

A well-insulated garage can easily be turned into a temperature-controlled home office, workshop, storage or gym area.


Even if you plan to use your garage for storage, insulation can create a dry and secure place to store your tools, temperature-sensitive paints and more.


The benefits of insulating your garage include:


  • Temperature control: insulation keeps heat from entering your garage in the summer and escaping in the winter
  • Optimization of energy consumption and lower bills, especially if the garage is attached to your home
  • Protection from humidity and rust
  • Increased comfort
  • Increased resale value for your home
  • Soundproofing, especially if you live in a noisy area or you use power tools or machines in the garage


How To Insulate A Garage: Equipment Checklist

Depending on the type of garage insulation you choose, you may need different tools for installation. Here are some of the most common items that may be on your checklist:


  • Insulation of your choice
  • Ladder/scaffolding
  • Utility knife
  • Staple gun
  • Sealant gun
  • Screwdriver set
  • Measuring tape
  • Drywall screws
  • Utility screws
  • Drill driver
  • Hammer
  • Vapor barrier
  • Expanding foam
  • Retainer pins
  • Plywood or drywall
  • Weatherstripping
  • Edging strips
  • Face mask
  • Eye goggles
  • Gloves

Garage Door Insulation

Buying a fully insulated garage door can be costly, but insulating your door after it’s installed can help improve the temperature control in your garage, among other benefits.


One of the most common ways to insulate a garage door is to use reflective foil rigid boards.


The process of insulating a garage door is tricky because you can apply only a thin insulation layer and there are no frames where the insulation can be firmly attached. To keep it in place, you need adhesive retainer pins.


To insulate a garage door:


  • Use a cleaning spray to clean your garage door panels.
  • Measure the height and width of the door panels.
  • Cut your selected insulation according to the dimensions.
  • Mark 12 inches from the edge of the panel and midway between the horizontal rails.
  • Apply and press the retainer pin in the panel.
  • Use two retainer pins for each panel.
  • Put the insulation on the panel and push it against the pin.
  • Push the pin cap over the pin, repeating the action on all panels.
  • Apply the weather stripping over the insulation surface and use nails to secure it.
  • Unfold the bottom seal and apply a new vinyl seal.
  • Test your door.

Let's look at how to insulate a garage door with Prodex.


The equipment checklist is simple: Prodex Garage Door Insulation Kit or any Prodex roll, a utility knife and a measuring tape.


  • Measure the door panels.
  • Cut insulation into pieces that match the size of the door panels
  • Use double-sided adhesive tape on the edges of the door panels.
  • Use double-sided tape to attach the insulation.
  • Use reflective tape on loose corners or edges.

Garage Ceiling Insulation


Most of the heat in your garage is lost through the ceiling. Insulating the ceiling can help you retain a warm garage in winter months by reducing heat loss.


To insulate a garage ceiling:


  • Use a ladder or scaffolding. If possible, ask a friend or a family member to help you out.
  • Before starting with installation, put baffles into the eave space to ensure good ventilation and moisture protection.
  • Measure the length and width of your garage ceiling. Multiply the length times the width to get a measurement of the entire area.
  • Measure the distance and the depth between the joists (typically, they are 8-10 inches deep).
  • Prepare the insulation pieces according to the measurements.
  • Install your garage insulation.
  • Staple it with a staple gun.
  • Fill in the gaps with expanding foam.
  • Cover the ceiling with plywood or drywall.

Garage Wall Insulation


Typically, if your garage is separated from the rest of your home, it may not be insulated.


If you want to use your garage as a workshop, storage or hobby area, we recommend that you insulate the garage walls to maintain temperature control.


Fiberglass foam is one of the most common types of insulation for garage walls.


To insulate garage walls:


  • Use a hammer and a screwdriver to remove screws and hooks from the walls.
  • Remove the wall covering, if any. Clean and prepare the area for applying insulation.
  • Check your walls for holes, cracks and gaps.
  • Cover the area with a sealant.
  • Let the sealant dry before starting the installation process.
  • Apply the insulation of your choice.
  • Cut the insulation to fill in the gaps between the wall studs.
  • Staple a vapor barrier over the insulation to avoid moisture accumulation, or better yet, select Prodex Total which is also a vapor barrier :)

Garage Floor Insulation


Insulating your garage floor can help make it more comfortable and energy-efficient.


To insulate a garage floor:


  • Use a vapor barrier to cover the floor. This will prevent the accumulation of moisture.
  • Place rigid foam insulation panels on top of the vapor barrier. Cut the pieces according to the floor measurements.
  • Cover the insulation layer with plywood sheets. Apply them perpendicular to the foam panels to avoid aligning the plywood seams with the foam seams.
  • Leave a distance of ¼ inch between the panels.
  • Leave a gap of ½ inch around the perimeter to allow plywood expansion and seasonal contraction.
  • Apply a second layer of plywood.
  • Attach the two plywood surfaces with utility screws.
  • Smoothen the area between the flooring and the driveway to ensure easy access into the garage.
  • Use tiles or mats to seal the floor.
  • Coat the garage floor with epoxy or paint the plywood surface.

How To Insulate A Garage: Things To Remember


To ensure your insulation is installed properly, keep in mind:


  • If you use fiberglass, don’t forget to wear a mask to protect your eyes, skin and lungs from the irritating particles.
  • If you use blown-in or spray insulation, put on protective eyewear.
  • Use a scaffolding for maximum safety, if you insulate the walls and ceiling of your garage.
  • Apply a vapor barrier before applying your insulation. Due to its porous nature, concrete has the ability to transfer moisture quickly and this can damage the insulation later.
  • Seal all cracks, holes and gaps before you start insulating. This will prevent moisture penetration and damage as well as block mold growth.
  • Remove all hanging objects to avoid damage to the insulation on the garage walls.
  • Don’t cover the electrical boxes on your garage ceiling.
  • Don’t fix the insulation too tightly around the electrical boxes.
  • If you use fiberglass on your garage ceiling, leave 1½ inch of air space between the underside of the wood roof sheathing and the insulation. This will facilitate the vapor to dry out and prevent mold growth.
  • Ensure a distance of three to five inches between the lights and installed insulation to minimize fire risks.
  • Use weather stripping to seal the windows, garage door and door frame.

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Yes. Prodex Total garage insulation regulates the temperature, prevents condensation, blocks noise, and reduces energy costs.


Use garage insulation to:


  • - Regulate the inside temperature
  • - Avoid condensation (sweating)
  • - Deaden the sound of rain and hail
  • - Reduce energy costs
  • - Maximize return on investment
  • - Add value to your garage
  • - Protect the environment (using less energy directly results in less pollution)

Roll pricing is on every product page. Discount volume pricing is in the shopping cart.

No. Virtually all our customers install themselves. With a good screw or staple gun, you’re halfway finish. Visit our installation page.

The amount of R-value you seek will depend on the climate, intended use of the garage and the desired temperature you hope to maintain in the garage. Prodex Total can be used as a stand-alone or supplemental insulation. It’s important that you don’t lose R due to moisture. Unfortunately, fiberglass loses R when introduced to moisture. That’s why it’s important that you supplement fiberglass with Prodex Total to protect the fiberglass from moisture and to also stop radiant heat transfer.

Prodex Total will keep your garage cool in the summer, warm in the winter and dry all the time.

Prodex Total has a high-quality core that keeps its shape when exposed to forces. Prodex Total 5M plus has a nominal thickness of 5mm (0.2"). Prodex Total 10M is 10mm (0.4"). Both are closed cell polyethylene foam covered on both sides with reflective reinforced foil facing. Under pressure, the Prodex micro-cells do not collapse -- With a pressure of 6 PSI Prodex compresses just 6%. When the load is relieved, it takes back its initial shape. The density of the foam is between 1.25 lb/ft (sq) - 1.87 lb/ft (sq). This gives the material real body.
Because bubble insulation has a core composed of air rather than closed cell polyethylene foam, it lacks the long-term consistency in performance of Prodex Total Insulation.
Bubble wraps are composed of either one (single bubble) or two (double bubble) layers of air bubbles sandwiched between two metalized surfaces. Once the surface of single or double bubble is punctured, it collapses.
The R-value of Prodex Total reflective insulation is the measurement of the system rather than a measurement of just the product. Measuring the R-value of the system (a real-world application) is a truer measurement vs. a measurement of the product only. For example, what good is the posted R-value of fiberglass given that once installed in an environment that includes any moisture it loses R-value? Virtually all real-world environments include some humidity. Unlike fiberglass the R-value of Prodex Total insulation is NOT affected by humidity.

Featured Garage Insulation For Sale – Prodex Total
10M Plus: R22

Thickness: 10mm (0.4") closed cell polyethylene foam covered on both sides with reinforced reflective foil. Twice as thick. Increased R. More strength. Better install.

5M Plus: R17

Select one of these 5M items: 48 inch, Fast Action, 72 inch, 24 inch or 16 inch. Thickness: 5mm (0.2") closed cell polyethylene foam covered on both sides with reinforced reflective foil. 

WHITE 5M Plus: R15.3

Thickness: 5mm (0.2") closed cell polyethylene foam with reflective reinforced foil on one side and plastic white finish film on the other side. Ideal where white finish is preferred.

RUSTIC 5M R15

Thickness: 5mm (0.2") closed cell polyethylene foam with reinforced foil on one side and wood finish facer on the other side. Decorate while you insulate.

UNDER CONCRETE 5M

Thickness: 5mm (0.2") closed cell polyethylene foam with reflective on one side.

Ideal for driveways, radiant floor and basements.

ACOUSTIC Insulation 24 inch and 16 inch

Thickness: 2-1/2". Low emittance foil finish on both sides of glass mineral wool. Provides MAXIMUM thermal and acoustic comfort. 

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