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Published: January 10, 2018

How To Insulate a Room Above The Garage

How To Insulate a Room Above The Garage

The Problem

Does your home have a “bonus room”, upstairs media room, or office that is noticeably less comfortable than the rest of the house???  We like to call it this the “Media Room Problem”. Typically, it’s over the garage. Often it’s in its own little wing, on the southwest side of the house, with exterior walls, or a few hot walls that back up to the inside of the attic. When you have a room that is situated like this, you will have performance issues throughout the year…In the winter it’s too cold, and in the summer it’s too hot!

Our Solution

Energy Attic has solutions to fix these issues. Normally these types of rooms have walls in the attic with inconsistent “batt” style insulation, usually with an R-13 value.  Removing these “batts” and replacing with spray foam insulation can make a huge difference. 5.5 inches of open-cell spray foam would create an R-19, as well as an air seal…creating more of an “ice chest” effect.  Properly addressing this “hot wall” issue can give your room a better chance at performing by creating an attic environment that is far less extreme.  Control your attic and “hot walls”, and you can control comfort!

The Flooring

Another thing we do to address the Media Room Problem is to address the flooring. If your media room is above the garage, there is typically little to no insulation in the “midfloor” space. It takes some creativity, but we can provide a solution for this issue as well.

Attic Space

The attic space above your “bonus room” is also very important. Sometimes there is a separate attic space above these rooms—but there’s no access to it! That doesn’t stop us here at Energy Attic! Most times, we are able to add ventilation, climb down inside that attic space, and add more insulation to that area.

So if you think you might have the “Media Room Problem” that a lot of the two-story homes in the DFW area have, give us a call!  Let us change the dynamic in that room, and make you more comfortable!!

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