How to keep the space above your garage warm in winter!!

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Real Estate Agent with Re/Max First

Calgary HouseWhat you should do if you have a room above the garage that keeps you cold in winter?  If you are like many Canadians looking to solve this  uncomfortable issue, Calgary Herald has a good article with some solutions for this common problem! The main points are summarized here:

  • First of all, you should know that insulating the garage walls is NOT recommended at all!! Why? Because the garage has no heat resources to help make the temperature in the space above it warm enough, in addition it is not good for your car!!
  • The best thing you can do is to insulate the room's floor itself by spraying between the overhead joists in the garage, (using polyurethane for example). Building codes don't require that you cover the foam if you don't want to, a simple plywood or drywood will do just for aesthetic reasons!
  • If you are on a tight budget and don't want to spend too much on the spray foam, you can use pieces of rigid foam, fit them between the ceiling joists in the garage, then seal the edges between these pieces and the surrounding wood with spray foam.
  • What you can also do is to lay a high-density extruded polystyrene foam on the floor of you room with a layer of plywood on top of it (screwed to the existing floor). Another excellent product is the Barricade wall panels, a factory-bonded sheets of foam with waferboard sheets on one side.

After the work is done, if you still feel that you still need some extra heat, a simple electric heater will be more than enough to keep you warm in the very cold days!

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Valerie Zinger
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Ryan and Sheri:  We have a guest room above the garage.  If it is too comfortable, the guests may decide to stay.  LOL   Good suggestions on keeping the space warm.  Thank you.  

Jun 26, 2012 03:17 PM #1
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David Spencer
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You can solve their problem by finding  them property to visit in the winter.

Jun 26, 2012 04:03 PM #2
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Jay O'Brien
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Interesting. Not sure why it wouldn't be good for the car, but I've heard of people looking for an answer to this issue. 

Jun 26, 2012 06:59 PM #3
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Joan Whitebook
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Interesting.. but I don't even want to think about winter!

Jun 26, 2012 07:51 PM #4
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Cheryl Ritchie
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That is interesting . That would be a good tweet or Facebook entry!
Jun 26, 2012 08:10 PM #5
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Donald Reich
Prudential Centennial - New Rochelle, NY

My master bedroom was above the garage, and I never had a problem. The floor was carpeted, do you think that helped?

Jun 26, 2012 08:18 PM #6
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Praful Thakkar
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Ryan, Sheri, new learning every day in our business - for example, I did not know that one should not insulate the grarage. Great tips. Thanks.

Jun 26, 2012 10:38 PM #7
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Don Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services - Idabel, OK

It' nice to think ahead.  In winter be planning for summer and in summer be planning for winter.  

Jun 27, 2012 04:22 AM #8
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David Burrows
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Ryan and Sheri, very important information being shared at a great time of year so that people can plan for winter.

Jun 27, 2012 04:24 AM #9
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Michael Setunsky
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Ryan and Sheri, good information for people who plan on using the room above the garage.

Jun 27, 2012 06:25 AM #10
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Charita Cadenhead
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I have that problem at my house so this is very good information for me.

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And those same steps help keep it cool in the summer.  :) 

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Hi Ryan and Sheri, I'm so, so glad not to have this problem. Only ocean breezes...... sorry, I do get carried away. Great post!

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