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Congratulations on having your new house and large garage! Please post some pics after you've finished with the garage . . .

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I am not sure why insulating the ceiling of the garage would do anything for my utility bills. The garage has no heating or cooling vents. I'm probably missing something obvious.

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I am not sure why insulating the ceiling of the garage would do anything for my utility bills. The garage has no heating or cooling vents. I'm probably missing something obvious.
Maybe they are missing that you do not air condition your garage, and you do not have living space above your garage.

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I am not sure why insulating the ceiling of the garage would do anything for my utility bills. The garage has no heating or cooling vents. I'm probably missing something obvious.
Violet, I'm not sure if insulating the garage ceiling did anything for my utility bills, BUT, it certainly made the garage more useable. In the summer, it was so hot in there it was like being in the attic. Even with the door wide open, it was unbearable. If you expect to get anything done on the workbench in there, you need the insulation. A few rolls of fiberglass is all it takes--roll it out in between the joists.

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I need insulation in the garage ceiling to keep my bedroom above warm in the winter i.e. not to lose heat from the house!

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Does the garage have roof above it, or does it have a room above it? If what is above it is a house room, insulating the garage ceiling will have little if any effect, but if what is above it is roof, insulation will help to keep it cooler in summer and warmer in winter. If there is a room above the garage building codes generally require there to be a drywall ceiling and insulation, but contractors sometimes cheat regarding that ceiling insulation. Insulation has to be between the heat source and the space to be insulated to be useful.

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Like Junebug said the garage prior to insulating was brutal... approached 120ºF in July/Aug. Since the door leading into the house goes to the utility room & kitchen they were always hot and uncomfortable. Even running the central air and a window unit was not enough. The garage is attached to the house so any excessive temperatures in there also affect the temps in the house. The blown insulation through out obviously helped but once the garage was done the temps in there dropped almost 25ºF which also made the kitchen and utility room much more comfortable. A/C doesn't have to work as hard so less electricity is used.

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I will check to see if the roof of the garage is insulated. It's a single story house, so there's nothing up there above the garage. I believe they told me the only wall not insulated was the far garage wall, but I'm not sure about the roof.

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I have very expensive commercial rubber flooring in around 3' X3' sections, but I have seen the Polymer rolls from Costo at my clients place and I was very impressed.
I believe that they are almost as slip resistant as mine, but more resistant to Chemical spills.
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is that the "flow-through" kind that allows oil and other spills through to the concrete? not sure I want that

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