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My garage sits under our master bedroom. Currently the house is about 73*, outside temp is in the 50's and the garage is probally in the 60's. Our bedroom is by far the most erratic, in tempature change. In the winter it's the coldest, and the summer it's the hottest....as is the garage.

on to the Garage... The garage door faces the north, so dirrect sun light never toches it (unlike my neighbors who can't belive how cool my garage is in the summer, when it's still in the high 80's in there:rolleyes:). My garage door is a one piece steel door shell. and I have been thinking of insulating the door to better control the tempature in the garage, which should better control the tempature in our bedroom. I have looked it to my options and I'm leaning tord just putting R-13 in the door. I can probally do it for about $30-$40. Any thoughts?



Here you can see what the the inside of the door looks like at the top of the picture.
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Those are insulation panels that I added to our metal doors. It's made a big difference. Our garage door is angled towards the Northwest. It gets direct sun in the late afternoon during the winter, and much of the day during the summer.
 






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Insulate everyting. Its a tax write off. we just bought the pink foam board, cut it and glued it to the back of the door.
 






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Yeah, the pink (or white) foam works well... If you have a Habitat For Humanity store near you, check it out- they may have some there for pennies...
 






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i agree , the foam stuff works well even in extreme situations, but i would say the most important thing is often missed in this situation, and that is the weather stripping around the outside of the door, keeping the wind from blowing in the edges.
When installing this molding just don't slap it on and put a few nails in it like most people do,,, run a bead of silicone first , than put the molding on top of that so it seals really good, and stops the wind .

once the wind is gone it will be alot easier to heat as the heat will not go out as well as let the cold in,,

remember , if you can see light around the door, than air can come in and go out,
 






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The seals around the door are actually pretty good. Can't see light around them. In heavy winds I get a little bit of dirt coming in, but that is only because the wind actually moves the door.

The big help for the summer time that I did was installed a bathroom fan as a vent with a thermostat. . It's up near the celling, so it sucks out the hot air.:thumbsup:
 






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I'm going to re-visit this in the next few months. My father-in-law just gave me a couple of boxes of 2" thick Styrofoam pieces. I think I can make it work....stay tuned;)
 






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If you have any hollow steel channels fill them with the expanding foam. Made a big difference for me in addition to the foam panels.
 






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so now that it's getting cold, I want to tackle this in the next few weeks. I have all the styro foam I need, I,m just not sure how to attach to the aluminum door. :scratch:

Any thoughts? Construction adhesive?
 






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My concern is

A. Only have the ridges to apply adhesive too.

B. Temperature changes
 






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Ahh, I didn't realize that. The spray works best over a large flat area.

You certainly could use construction adhesive for permanent adhesion. I don't know why you would want to remove the insulation, but if you ever wanted to:eek:
 






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So I did this today. Used the 3M spray adhesive, and it seemed to work well. Getting the whole pieces of foam on was easy, but when I started to have to cut pieces it looked like it snowed in my garage. :(
So far it is very quiet and warm in the garage now. Even the door open and closing is quiet now:D
 

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Cool old license plates. Were they from the family or just collector pieces??
 






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Cool old license plates. Were they from the family or just collector pieces??

They we're my Grandfathers, He passed away last year and got to keep all of the old license plates. I have 1924, 1926-1937.

I think that would actually make these My Great Grandfathers actually now that I think about it. :scratch:
 

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It would be cool to restore a vehicle from one of those years:D
 






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It would be cool to restore a vehicle from one of those years:D

He use to have a '56 F100 that I wish I could have got my hands on:(
 



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well just a few days later here, the panels are starting to fall off:mad: The adhesive is just not holding. I need to move to something stronger. I think part of the issue is also that it's not going on a flat surface.:rolleyes:
 






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