Why Traditional Insulation Doesn’t Work for Rooms Over Garages
Typical fiberglass or cellulose insulation settles over time and allows air to flow between the subfloor of the bedroom and the insulation that is now resting on the dry-walled ceiling in the garage.
In order to use regular insulation effectively, you MUST SEAL EVERY BAY and EVERY JOINT in the exterior walls of the garage before installing the fiberglass and drywall. Additionally, a batt should be sized properly to fill the entire bay so that no air movement or cold gets to the floor. Most general contractors do not have such skilled labor on their insulation crews.
However, when you use spray foam, it’s applied directly to the subfloor and provides a permanent air barrier and insulation in one, protecting the comfort of the family and reducing your heating and cooling costs for the life of your home.
In this family’s case, installing spray foam was easy to do and cost about $5,000 for the spray foam and drywall work. Just after New Years, the father of the house sent me a text photo of their 2 year old in their room in the middle of the night with a, “Thank you! His tiny feet were toasty, and he happily climbed into our bed!”
Comfort Is Only a Foam Call Away
At Chicago Green Insulation, we handle all aspects of demo, foam and replacement of the drywall to get you back in your living space over the garage. We cannot help with the screaming child, but we can make your home space warm all winter long.
If you have any concerns about air leakage and insulation in your home, call us today at 847-987-3626. The best time to have a conversation is during the planning stages of a construction project so that your crawl space, kitchen remodel or room addition above the garage is everything you want it to be—and not your worst nightmare.
However, if you’re calling post-construction, we can still help. As I always say: Comfort is only a FOAM call away!