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Garage door insulation/sound deadening

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Iíve been looking into some methods for insulating my garage door to help with the sound mainly but also to keep the heat out in the summer. The cheapest route seems to be the standard r-13. Do you guys think that will help with the sound a decent amount? Iím not looking for a complete soundproof solution. The other option would be r-10 2 inch foam boards with acoustic panels, but that would be around 3 times the cost of r13. Also, would added weight to the garage door be a concern?


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There is insulating board especially made for garage doors. I've never actually seen it but I expect it has a surface not as easily damaged as foam board. You need to think about how it wears too.
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There is insulating board especially made for garage doors. I've never actually seen it but I expect it has a surface not as easily damaged as foam board. You need to think about how it wears too.


Good point. Iím only planning on being in my home for another year.


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Good point. Iím only planning on being in my home for another year.


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I had another thought after posting if you choose to use foam board it's really dangerous cutting it on a table saw. The stuff compresses easily and is very prone to kick back. I worked for one shop that used a lot of it and there was only two of us allowed to cut it because it was so unpredictable.
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It's all around cheaper to just get the ins. panels that are premade for your type of door. Their made to fit and have a better protective exposed side.....Also adds value to your home when selling as it's not a "rigged" solution.

Just my opinion......I'm a GC/rebuilder (MOST of my work is fixing what others TRIED to save money on up front), I also advise my clients when/IF they decide to sell on what to actually have to fix and what is a cosmetic that most change anyway after purchase.....(unbelievable as to what buyers expect and what things they're NOT paying for in a "used" house price).

Food for thought!!!
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It's all around cheaper to just get the ins. panels that are premade for your type of door. Their made to fit and have a better protective exposed side.....Also adds value to your home when selling as it's not a "rigged" solution.



Just my opinion......I'm a GC/rebuilder (MOST of my work is fixing what others TRIED to save money on up front), I also advise my clients when/IF they decide to sell on what to actually have to fix and what is a cosmetic that most change anyway after purchase.....(unbelievable as to what buyers expect and what things they're NOT paying for in a "used" house price).



Food for thought!!!


I did look into this, I think the major upside to this, is quicker install, and also I really like the white facing on it as well! It definitely looks like itís worth a few extra pennies.







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Good thread. I'm going to box in my single steel garage door. The wife covered it with plastic sheeting and sealed he edges. But the garage/shop still gets cold. We plan on building a frame around the door with 2x4s, insulation between the studs, and covering with OSB. I can use the extra wall space for shelving or hanging odds and ends of tools, etc.

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If you're not looking for your door to operate, you can wrap it in a foundation blanket like I do. I do this in the winter to keep the cold out and it works well. Here's a video so show you how

Another option is to build a temporary wall in front of the door. Providing a separation will deaden the sound so it's not transferred through the material as easily.

I've never tried insulating my garage door as I replaced it with a double walled insulated garage door (metal on inside and outside with insulation in the middle... there's still air gaps around the outside thought.

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Thanks guys! Iím gonna go with the kit Tim suggested and maybe do 1/2Ē r3 Foam board first and then the door insulation on top. Iíll report back in two weeks or so and report my experience in case anyone else is curious!


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My door is insulated but the cracks between panels and around the sides leak like a sieve. I made a blanket of R13 insulation and vapor barrier that covers the entire door and seals the opening nicely. Much better but the door can't be opened with the blanket in place so I don't use the door in the winter.
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I bought a 2" insulated garage door made by Ideal from Menards and really like it I heat my garage during the winter months in the UP of Michigan. I have in floor heating and It stays at 46F during the coldest months. One nice thing it doesn't warp like my 1" door use to.
It was expensive but it saves me heating cost.
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I insulated ours years ago with R13 and it works great. It isn't the prettiest solution but it's our shop now so it sort of fits right in. What it does do, however, is insulate well! I know the door is heavier now but the opener doesn't seem to have a problem with it. But then, I only open it once a year or so to do a thorough cleaning. The shop is climate controlled so the door stays down.

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Thanks for the input guys itís mostly done. Just have to touch some stuff up. It definitely cuts back on the sound enough. I canít wait to try out some AC in the summer!


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