Are There Benefits to Insulating a Detached Garage?

Insulation in any building structure helps to keep a temperate control of the climate within the space. Without insulation, spaces are exposed to more temperature extremes, like humid and hot, or bitter freezing and cold. When it comes to insulating your garage there are several benefits to adding the extra step. For attached garages, the most common benefit and draw to homeowners for insulating their garage is to create a buffer zone for temperature control so that expensive heating and cooling of your house don’t sneak out of your garage. As for detached garages, many of the same benefits apply when it comes to temperature control, protecting your belongings, and having a space that is comfortable to use year-round.

Here are our top three reasons why an insulated garage could be beneficial for your detached garage project:

Protect Your Belongings

One of the benefits of living in Wisconsin is the four seasons. However, with each season comes different recreational and maintenance needs. Bikes, lawnmowers, camping equipment, yard toys, and golf clubs might be just a few of the practical things you hold in your garage for use in the warmer months while rakes, shovels, snow blowers, sleds, and hunting gear might be used more in the colder months. No matter the season and no matter the contents of your garage, insulation in a detached garage can help protect your personal items from the extreme weather conditions that we see here in Wisconsin. Insulation acts as a barrier to keep humidity and moisture from rusting and rotting your items or low temperatures from cracking or damaging your items. Insulation is an affordable way to keep your belongings safe for years to come, no matter what kind of winter we have!

Create a Year-Round Space

While some homeowners have straightforward expectations and uses for their detached garage, others dream big for it to be a multifunctional space. Big Packer game on Sunday? Transform your garage into a party zone. Looking to get rid of some things? Host a garage sale! Ready to take on that wood-burning hobby you’ve been wanting for years? Voila! Your garage is now your workspace. Insulation only helps to reinforce this reality. Even if you are not ready to add heating or other bells and whistles to your detached garage, insulation can make a huge difference when it comes to creating a space that is comfortable for use all year round.

Prevent Infestations

You build a detached garage to hold your car and other belongings for safekeeping, not to host a family of mice or a colony of insects. While insulation may not completely mitigate these creatures from making a home in your garage walls, it certainly helps. Why? When you insulate your garage, you seal up open holes and drafts that would make ideal nesting spots for insects and small critters. Taking the extra step to insulate could cut down on the amount of insect traffic coming into your garage and ultimately keep the space and your items clean.

If you are considering a detached garage project but you’re not sure if the extra step of adding insulation is right for you, call J.D. Griffiths! Our garage experts can answer any question you may have, provide you with examples and estimates of costs, and help you come to the right decision for your unique garage needs.

J.D. Griffiths has proudly served the greater Milwaukee area since 1947, building our reputation as the premiere detached garage and garage door experts. Check out more resources, examples, and information on our garage builds, renovations, door installation, and service jobs to learn more.