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Old 05-08-2013, 09:27 PM   #1
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..well, bought the kit at Home Depot and followed instructions but dramatic differnece in temperature in the garage already and not even close to summer!
Pic 1: Place double sided stickers on doors and place clip receiver ends on them.
Pic 2: Cut insulation to length (didn't have to cut height) - easy! and place them on then cut holes and put clamping ends on receiver clips.
Pic 3: I added the high temperature tape to seal and added side rubber insulaters to seal side cracks
Tada!!...kits cost $75 ea. and bought one for each garage door (2 car garage)
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:48 PM   #2
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Good to know
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:20 PM   #3
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I get a 15degree difference.
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:40 AM   #4
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I just installed 3 of these kits last week. I used some loc tite construction adhesive to put the plastic "clips" on the door. I had read that was a possible weak point in the design. I am very happy that I put the insulation on my doors, and my wife is very happy.
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:52 AM   #5
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My garage doors face the west and evenings in there are BRUTAL.
I've wondered if this stuff would actually make a difference.
I'm putting it on my short list, now! (no jokes please )
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:59 AM   #6
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Very cool!

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Old 05-09-2013, 04:25 PM   #7
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Get after it taxi -definitely worth it if you spend any time in there or it affects the temperature in your home - my room that butts up to the garage would never cool down before either...
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Old 05-09-2013, 05:51 PM   #8
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That looks like a good idea and a good way to energy save. I need to do that along with having the walls in the garage injected with foam.
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:47 PM   #9
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My garage doors face the west and evenings in there are BRUTAL.
I've wondered if this stuff would actually make a difference.
I'm putting it on my short list, now! (no jokes please )
Mine faces the west as well. 15 degree difference!
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:04 AM   #10
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If your garage door has glass windows, would it still help or would the windows counteract the insulation you think?
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:20 AM   #11
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I'm putting it on my short list, now! (no jokes please )
Not even a little one???


As for the windows questioned above, they'll definitely let some heat in, but I think you'll still save some degrees overall. Plus, you can always tint them.
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:46 PM   #12
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Been thinking of doing this for a while...
Does it seem to put any extra strain on your garage door opener?
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:12 AM   #13
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Nope
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:34 AM   #14
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I did it with rigid fiber backed board I found on craigslist and it made a huge difference! I can come home in theafternoon and my garage is considerably cooler, west facing also.

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Old 05-16-2013, 06:45 PM   #15
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Old 05-18-2013, 08:23 AM   #16
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I have the same West facing garage and put the foam board on the doors. It has helped a little but I will have to take a look at this product. I need to clean everything out of it and finish it out, but after the house was built it became the catch all. Another need to do I suppose. Reclaim m man space...
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:02 AM   #17
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I'm doing this as soon as I get home! Like others my door faces west and by 1100 the sun is hitting it. By 1 I can't even go in there let alone work in it!
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Old 05-21-2013, 02:33 PM   #18
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What happens when you put the car you've just been driving in the garage? Won't that trap all of the engine heat in the garage?
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:58 PM   #19
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What happens when you put the car you've just been driving in the garage? Won't that trap all of the engine heat in the garage?
WHAT?!?!?!?!? Cars don't go in the garage! The garage is reserved for man-cave-ness and the drinking of the beer!
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:32 PM   #20
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What happens when you put the car you've just been driving in the garage? Won't that trap all of the engine heat in the garage?
It will. Leave the garage open for a while.
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:11 AM   #21
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WHAT?!?!?!?!? Cars don't go in the garage! The garage is reserved for man-cave-ness and the drinking of the beer!
Dave's got it figured out ^
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Old 06-15-2013, 04:17 PM   #22
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Agreed, cars don't belong in garages!! good grief!!
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Old 06-15-2013, 05:57 PM   #23
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Proper garage utilization.
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:24 PM   #24
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WHAT?!?!?!?!? Cars don't go in the garage! The garage is reserved for man-cave-ness and the drinking of the beer!
Wife's SUV goes in the garage. Built a man cave behind my house with A/C.
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:43 PM   #25
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Wife's SUV goes in the garage. Built a man cave behind my house with A/C.
There you go!
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:31 PM   #26
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Great idea, we use our garage as our gym. This would be clutch.
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Old 11-01-2018, 08:16 AM   #27
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This is seemingly an old thread, but I'll add my two cents.


A few years ago, I bought a garage door insulation kit from Amazon https://mechanicguides.com/best-gara...nsulation-kit/ That made a big difference. I found another day when the temp of the outside surface of the door was around 130, and the inside surface of the door at the panels was a little over 100 degrees. Big improvement, but still a giant 100-degree radiator.

This winter, I had a set of Amarr R-19 doors installed. Wow. What a difference. Today is brutally hot (way hotter than those other two measurements described above), so I took some readings with my thermal imaging camera. At one point, the ambient temp outside was 110 degrees (yikes), and the outside surface of the garage door measured 148 degrees! Ouch. But the inside surface of the door at the panels was only 91 degrees. I wasn't working in the shop today, so I didn't run the AC; the ambient temp in the shop was 85 degrees.

Bottom line, the Amarr managed to keep the inside surface of the door 57 degrees cooler than the outside surface, and only 6 degrees warmer than the ambient temp in the shop (25 degrees cooler than ambient outside temp).

I have taken numerous other steps to cut the shop temp over the years. I replaced my fluorescent lights with LEDs, insulated the walls and ceiling, and added a mini-split AC. But until now, the AC still struggled to keep up on a hot day. With the giant radiator that was my old garage door removed from the equation, I'm pretty confident that my mini-split can keep me pretty close to the 70 degree target all day long.

Final point: The garage door experts spend lots of time talking about the seals and hinges as being the most important thing on a garage door. That may be true if you're fighting a cold climate or don't have a West-facing door. But with a West-facing door on a hot day, your biggest enemy is the sun's radiant heat beaming directly on the garage door, not the ambient outside temperature. That's why the outside of my garage door measures 148 degrees when the outside temperature is 110. Radiant heat on those big panels is the killer, because it turns those high-square-footage panels into giant radiators. If you live in a hot climate with a West-facing door, the most important thing is keeping that radiant heat on the outside of the door, which means as much insulation as you can stand. (It also means a white door with no windows.)
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Old 11-05-2018, 08:18 AM   #28
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Consider - checking your spring, chain, engine, and panel hinges on a regular basis. I've had my double door insulated for a while. I noticed the panels starting to separate. Brought in an expert who replaced spring and reinforced mounts. The two boxes of insulation do add additional weight.

I haven't found any tape that can stick to the door and insulation that will last thru the summer heat. Anyone got any suggestions?
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Old 11-08-2018, 02:25 PM   #29
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Consider - checking your spring, chain, engine, and panel hinges on a regular basis. I've had my double door insulated for a while. I noticed the panels starting to separate. Brought in an expert who replaced spring and reinforced mounts. The two boxes of insulation do add additional weight.

I haven't found any tape that can stick to the door and insulation that will last thru the summer heat. Anyone got any suggestions?
I used the airduct taipe and have had it on now for quite a while (5 years) and still to hold great.
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