Thinking about extending your garage? If you have, you may have thought about decor, what kind of room you’ll create, maybe even how you’ll remove your garage doors. But one of the most important things you’ll need to consider is insulation.
As a place to simply store your car, your garage as it stands today isn’t a pleasant place to spend the colder months. Making sure you get proper insulation will ensure this is a room you can comfortable enjoy all year round. Not only this, but having proper insulation for your home will ensure you conversion meets building regulations - a requirement for all dwellings in the UK.
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First step in insulating your new conversion will be your walls. If your garage is built into your home, then this shouldn’t be too big a job, as most of your walls will be the same standard as the main house - and therefore compliant with building regulations.
But when it comes to upgrading your wall where your garage door resided, or if your garage is detached, you’ll have to put some work in. This can be done through the use of a stud wall, a form of internal insulation, whereby a second wall is installed to create a gap between both that can be filled with insulation materials. Popular materials include rock wool and rigid insulation boards.
Some homes benefit from cavity walls, and this means instead of a stud wall, you can have insulation blown into the already present gap by a professional. Because of the specialist equipment required, it’s not recommended you attempt this work yourself.
Another consideration for your walls will be whether or not you want to keep some of your garage still functioning as a storage space. If you’re splitting you garage up through the erection of a dividing wall, you’ll need to make sure if meets these standards…
Must have a minimum U value of 0.28 - this is the standard of measurement used to record something’s heat loss resistance.
In Wales the U value is 0.21 and in Scotland 0.22.
Must provide at least 30 minutes of protection from fire.