Garages make an excellent workspace, but not when they're uncomfortably hot. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to keep your garage cool. These tips make it easier to control the temperature inside your garage all year round.
1. Insulate Your Garage Door
Many garage doors, especially older doors, are made from uninsulated metal or wood. These doors heat up in summer and become cold in winter, causing major temperature fluctuations inside the garage. You can prevent this from happening by installing insulation on the door, thus protecting the garage interior from temperature fluctuations outside.
Garage door insulation is sold in foam sheets that can be purchased from home improvement stores. You may also be able to purchase garage door insulation through your contractor. However, insulation installed after the fact is not as attractive as a door with insulation built into the core. If you’re in the market for a new garage door, the best option is to purchase a pre-insulated model.
Thermacore doors are the highest-rated insulated garage doors offered by Overhead Door. Our premium Thermacore garage doors are made of steel, with polyurethane sandwiched between. These doors help homeowners maintain a constant temperature in their garage without infiltration from drafts and temperature extremes outside.
2. Paint Your Garage in Light Colors
Dark colors absorb heat from the sun. In the summer, a garage that has been painted a dark color may be warmer and more uncomfortable than a garage that has been painted in a light color.
You can reduce the temperature of your garage this summer by repainting it to a lighter, brighter color that will reflect heat from the sun. Look for paint colors like white, yellow and cream. It helps to repaint your garage door, or if you’re in the process of replacing it, purchase a door of a lighter color.
3. Install a Portable Air Conditioner
You don’t need to have ductwork installed in your garage to have an air conditioner. Portable A/Cs are available for purchase at home improvement centers, and need no ducts in order to function.
Once you’ve insulated and repainted the garage in a lighter color, this is the perfect time to purchase a portable air conditioner. Before buying an A/C, check the electrical service in your garage to ensure that your garage gets enough power. If not, you may need to upgrade.
Contact a Garage Door Contractor
We know how important it is to have a comfortable garage when it’s time to get work done inside. At Overhead Door of Wilmington, we can answer your questions and help you decide the best way to keep the garage cool in summer. We offer a variety of insulated products that can help. Contact us today for a free consultation.