Metal buildings, including detached garages and carports, are not typically assembled with insulation. In most cases, insulation isn’t a requirement and might not be a necessity, especially if you live in a region with a warmer climate. However, if you live in an area of the United States where the temperatures decrease significantly in the winter months, like Utah, there are many benefits to insulating your metal building.
At Wholesale Direct Carports, all of our metal garage buildings have the option of being insulted if desired. In this blog, we will provide five main ways to keep your metal garage warm during the Utah winters that are effective and affordable.
Replace Weather Stripping
Winterizing your metal garage can be an intimidating task, but it’s actually a great way to keep heat in your metal building. Have you ever noticed that your garage sometimes has a lot of cool drafts moving through? This is likely due to air leaks and broken seals in your garage. Air leaks in your garage, while they may seem minor, can actually be a large area of heat loss during the cold Utah winters. If you take the time to check all of the seals of your metal building and replace any cracked or broken areas. This will help retain heat in your metal building, making your garage warm and energy efficient.
Install Radiant Barrier Insulation
Radiant barrier insulation consists of a highly reflective material that reflects radiant heat rather than absorbing it. This insulation should be installed in conjunction with constructing the structure on the exterior panels between the panels and support beams. If installed properly, it will help redirect heat into your metal building, helping to retain a warmer temperature.
Installing Spray Foam Insulation
If you’re not sold on radiant barrier insulation, another way you can keep your detached garage warmer is by using spray foam. It doesn’t collect or hold moisture and is great in colder climates. The reason being, it traps heat and seals the metal building from cold drafts as well as any insects that might try to find their way into your garage. When installing spray foam, we recommend focusing on the areas between the frame studs and ensuring that it is fully covered.
Installing Fiberglass Sheet Insulation
Fiberglass sheet insulation is a common way people attempt to retain heat in their metal buildings. We at Wholesale Direct Carports recommend using different insulation options before using fiberglass sheet insulation for a few reasons. Fiberglass is notorious for collecting and holding moisture, which could result in your metal building actually feeling colder if moisture is trapped inside. It also can cause mold to grow if the moisture builds up over time. However, if you do decide to insulate fiberglass, we recommend following the same protocol as the radiant insulation process.
Install A Heater
If you have properly insulated your detached garage, but are still wanting the temperature to be a bit warmer, you can install a heater or purchase a space heater for additional warmth. When considering installing a heater, keep in mind what you will be storing it in your garage. If you will be storing items that are highly-flammable, we recommend using a space heater that is operated a safe distance away from flammable items and turning the heat off when you are not working in the area.
Why Choose Wholesale Direct Carports
When you purchase a metal building from Wholesale Direct Carports, you have the freedom to create a custom detached garage that is the exact width, height, and style that you are wanting. We provide the option for all of our metal buildings to be insulated if requested. We will take care of installing the insulation when we deliver and construct your building on your property. The best part? If you are located in our Utah service area, we will deliver your custom building for free! Contact our expert staff today for a free estimate of your custom enclosed garage and insulation estimate. We’re ready to help you create a warm, long-lasting custom garage!