A lot of people don’t realise the potential of a garage space. It doesn’t have to simply be a place just for your car or for your tools, it can be a living space. Having a garage conversion extends your home and gives you more space to spread out. It can even add value to your property. However, if you decide to convert your garage, then it’s important to remember to get it insulated so that it gets optimal use all year round. You want it to be a warm and comfortable space, not somewhere that you avoid once the colder months arrive.
So what should your first step be? Get your research done in advance. You need to make sure that the garage meets building regulations in terms of U values. To do this, check with your local building control who will be able to advise you of the standards in your area. It’s important that you do this before you start any work. You also need to check what type of materials the existing garage is made out of as this can affect the type of insulation that you’ll need.
You then need to assess what type of wall insulation you need. This will depend on whether you have a detached or attached garage. If it’s detached then you will most likely need external wall insulation as well as internal. External wall insulation tends to be useful if you don’t want to take up as much inside space, however the issue with it is that it doesn’t always look aesthetically pleasing on the outside. Internal wall insulation is vital whether your garage is detached or attached and can be done through various methods, although using a plasterboard is the easiest option.
The third step is to think about the roof insulation. Is there an existing room over the top of your garage? You’ll find that if there is an existing room over the top of your garage, then you are likely not to need roof insulation. If there isn’t, then you will need it. Again, you have the option of it being external or internal. What condition is the roof material in? Make sure there’s no wear and tear if the insulation is going to be internal. If it’s going to be external then it’s important that the insulation remains dry by using a protective waterproof layer.
Last of all, you need to think about the insulation of the floor. Make sure to consult building regulations on the thickness of the floor so that it meets the acceptable U Values. You also need to think about the material of the floor. Concrete and timber slats are your best option.What level is the floor on in comparison to the rest of your property? You’ll want to make sure that it is all on the same level. Therefore, it’s a good idea to use insulation as a way of making it the same level. If it’s already the same level then you’ll need to remove some of the depth of the existing floor.