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    Hangar Door Insulation

    I am getting a 58'x14' bifold door installed on my new hangar. The rest of the hangar is nicely insulated. What have people used to insulate your hangar door?

    In previous threads, I saw suggestions for spray foam. My contractor says fire code requires a 15 minute fire barrier over any foam insulation. What did you use to cover the spray foam?

    Other ideas for lightweight insulation?
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    I used two layers of 1" foil faced urethane cut to fit in the frame. Sealed the edges with spray foam and covered it with tin.

    My door is 12' X 40' and it added about 150 lbs. Not perfect as you can easily spot the frame with an infrared camera, but the door faces south.

    It would help to cover the outside of the frame with 1/2" foam and then the tin, but, maybe some other day.

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    Hangar Door Insulation

    Never heard of a 15 minute fire rating over foam, and I'm in the fire door business. I'd check with an insulation contractor on that one. My hydraulic door has sprayed foam and white paint on that. Works great.

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    Did you use the urethane because it was cheaper than filing the bays with spray foam, or some other reason?
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    Spray foam covers the door framing. Foaming the bays without a thermal barrier on the tubes wouldn't be ideal.
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    I used the board foam with foil mostly because it was cheaper, spray is $1.00/inch/sq ft. in my area.

    The other reason is it has a slightly higher "R" value per inch than extruded polystyrene, at least initially.

    Studies show that, over time, urethane loses some "R" because of outgassing. The spray does too, but, as Stewart says, it covers the frame and additionally, provides a better air seal with less labor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stewartb View Post
    Never heard of a 15 minute fire rating over foam, and I'm in the fire door business. I'd check with an insulation contractor on that one. My hydraulic door has sprayed foam and white paint on that. Works great.

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    That white paint looks better than I thought it would to paint over spray foam.

    I'll see if I can figure out more on what's required for fire code in a detached garage.
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    My door is a floating door that moves up and swings in one piece. We insulated it from the outside with standard metal building faced fiberglass insulation under the exterior R-Panel and originally just lined the inside up 8' but it is now covered full height with R-Panel. Around here with bi-folds we often see only the bottom section have the R-panel installed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stewartb View Post
    Never heard of a 15 minute fire rating over foam, and I'm in the fire door business. I'd check with an insulation contractor on that one. My hydraulic door has sprayed foam and white paint on that. Works great.

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    That likely comes from what the code official determines the occupancy of the hanger to be, if treated as a private detached garage = no rating required, if treated as commercial with adjoining structures - I've had them require a one-hour rating over the sheathing and two-hour over the structure...

    I modified some commercial warehouses awhile back with spray foam and painted it with intumescent paint vs having to drywall it in, wasn't exactly cheep but it looked good/functioned well. Only thing was since there wasn't a UL rating for that specific combination so we had to prove the paint would adhere and was compatible, think of it as a field approval for a building.
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    we spray a lot of foam in a lot of places. I can never get any of the local sprayers to be less than $1.00 a board ft Most of them are closer to 1.15 on a residential spray
    so your door is going to cost a minimum of 812 per inch of thickness. You should have 2 at a minimum so 1624 ballpark, plus mob and set up usually

    Board foam at the big box stores for foil face polyiso is usually around $25 for a 1" 4x8 sheet. thats about $.78 per board foot

    by far the cheapest way out is to buy factory seconds. There is a place up here in central maine selling factory seconds for less than half of the full big box price. you can get 1"
    4x8 polyiso for 9 bucks a sheet. I put in 1 1/2 because that was what the door is framed in. I really shoud put another inch over the whole thing for thermal barrier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blueE View Post
    I am getting a 58'x14' bifold door installed on my new hangar. The rest of the hangar is nicely insulated. What have people used to insulate your hangar door?

    In previous threads, I saw suggestions for spray foam. My contractor says fire code requires a 15 minute fire barrier over any foam insulation. What did you use to cover the spray foam?

    Other ideas for lightweight insulation?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouter View Post
    Emilie
    we spray a lot of foam in a lot of places. I can never get any of the local sprayers to be less than $1.00 a board ft Most of them are closer to 1.15 on a residential spray
    so your door is going to cost a minimum of 812 per inch of thickness. You should have 2 at a minimum so 1624 ballpark, plus mob and set up usually


    Board foam at the big box stores for foil face polyiso is usually around $25 for a 1" 4x8 sheet. thats about $.78 per board foot

    by far the cheapest way out is to buy factory seconds. There is a place up here in central maine selling factory seconds for less than half of the full big box price. you can get 1"
    4x8 polyiso for 9 bucks a sheet. I put in 1 1/2 because that was what the door is framed in. I really shoud put another inch over the whole thing for thermal barrier.
    I have been buying gas and flying the cub to FL in the winter instead.

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    Put 3-4” of fiberglass batt on the outside sandwiched by the siding, Infill the frame with whatever thickness foam matches your framing, finish of the inside with a light gauge skin for durability and if you are really worried about heat transfer in a hangar door, apply foam tape on the inside of the framing prior to installing your liner on the inside


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    Or.... insulate it to be consistent with the rest of the building. My hangar door is 25% of my total wall space. It doesn't make sense to build a lid to R50 and walls to R23 and cheap out on the door.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stewartb View Post
    Or.... insulate it to be consistent with the rest of the building. My hangar door is 25% of my total wall space. It doesn't make sense to build a lid to R50 and walls to R23 and cheap out on the door.
    My thoughts exactly.

    Heating oil here is about $3.50/gallon. When it gets to 20 below, I can see the stud lines on the siding of our house with the frost. $3,000 in insulation pays for itself very quickly around here

    If I had Kirby's money... Wait, he just had a fly-in and paid for a wedding- I probably do have his money now!

    One often overlooked issue is the gaps in the bifold and around the door. Sealing the door is very important also. Amazing how much light I see around most doors.
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    Did you look at Tiger Foam Kits, it’s a DIY spray foam deal that might work out for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aktango58 View Post
    My thoughts exactly.

    $3,000 in insulation pays for itself very quickly around here

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    One often overlooked issue is the gaps in the bifold and around the door. Sealing the door is very important also. Amazing how much light I see around most doors.
    Definitely agreed on insulation paying for itself. Our door is the size of the wall, so it's a huge area.

    How did you seal the gaps around the door? Just by installing it straight, or is there something else I need to do? As I recollect, the bottom is supposed to have a rubber gasket. I don't remember what the sides have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouter View Post
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    we spray a lot of foam in a lot of places. I can never get any of the local sprayers to be less than $1.00 a board ft Most of them are closer to 1.15 on a residential spray
    so your door is going to cost a minimum of 812 per inch of thickness. You should have 2 at a minimum so 1624 ballpark, plus mob and set up usually

    Board foam at the big box stores for foil face polyiso is usually around $25 for a 1" 4x8 sheet. thats about $.78 per board foot

    by far the cheapest way out is to buy factory seconds. There is a place up here in central maine selling factory seconds for less than half of the full big box price. you can get 1"
    4x8 polyiso for 9 bucks a sheet. I put in 1 1/2 because that was what the door is framed in. I really shoud put another inch over the whole thing for thermal barrier.
    I have been buying gas and flying the cub to FL in the winter instead.

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    Insulation doesn't cost, it pays! Urethane spray foam on my two HydroSwing doors, (and for sure, over the frame not just inside the frame, to preclude thermal wicking) AND on my hangar's concrete walls ( it's dug into a hill side, and instead of framing the last 2' of wall height it was simpler to just make it them all concrete), and THEN I framed out 2x4 interior walls with batts. Cool in the summer, never below mid 40's in the winter, even if no heat and single digits outside. OSB over the studs, it's nice to be able to staple/screw things to, unlike concrete or steel walls, more homey.

    I have a pilot friend whose father started their spray foam biz over 40 years ago. Spraying the big potato cellars around here takes a lot of foam! I got a bit of deal as a result, but still expensive, but I didn't care as it is the best way to go. I sprayed white latex paint over my doors, I guess I could claim it's fire rated but it ain't and I don't care. It really brightened the hangar up. Since I knew I was going to live in the hangar for about a year before building the house, it was an easy justification to insulate as well as possible, same with my shop having a full bathroom with laundry facilities: pretty fancy for a shop but worth it as my other alternative was laundromats and not showering for a year!

    He told me once that according to his father, the foam was invented by the Germans during WW2, as a method to raise sunken submarines. It worked, but was too impractical, as the cleanup was a bear, it's insulating properties only being discovered later. Good story if true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 40m View Post
    Heck if I could buy LP for what you pay I'de heat it with the door open.
    And it’s a dang good thing I locked at a buck a gallon with the price of corn in the toilet
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouter View Post
    And it’s a dang good thing I locked at a buck a gallon with the price of corn in the toilet
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    Quote Originally Posted by blueE View Post
    Definitely agreed on insulation paying for itself. Our door is the size of the wall, so it's a huge area.

    How did you seal the gaps around the door? Just by installing it straight, or is there something else I need to do? As I recollect, the bottom is supposed to have a rubber gasket. I don't remember what the sides have.
    My door is one piece hydraulic. it has a rubber bottom seal and some fin seals on the side that reduce gap. I added self-stick foam (Lowes) approx 3/4” wide x 1/2” thick to the steel jamb that the door seals to. I live in a winter windy area and my door is draft free. Pay attention to the bottom corners where vertical seals meet the bottom seal. That’s always a difficult place to seal on any door. My heat source is a single gas fired unit heater and it doesn’t work hard keeping things comfortable. I do need to add ceiling fans.

    Insulation values are always important in cold climates but air exchange is where you’ll waste heating dollars. Seal it up tight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blueE View Post
    How did you seal the gaps around the door? Just by installing it straight, or is there something else I need to do? As I recollect, the bottom is supposed to have a rubber gasket. I don't remember what the sides have.
    Believe it or not, there is an online seller for hangar door seals. First ran into them at OSH. They offer a discount during the show. http://www.hangardoorseal.com/products.html

    On the topic of door insulation, I had considered adding a piece of twinwall polycarbonate across the top 2-3' of the door for solar insolation. Since the door faces due south, I think it would significantly reduce my heating bill. Might have to add a small shade to prevent overheating during the summer though.

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