View Full Version : Finishing and heating Garage, Dry wall or paneling?
09-13-2009, 07:59 PM
I am thinking of finishing the interior of my attached garage and heating it. This will be a first time type of project for me. I will have professionals do the wiring and lightintg, gas line and install the furnace. I would think that I could do the insulation and basic carpentary. I mostly see dry wall in garages but can you go with some heavy paneling or? PRICE and ease of instalation are very important. In a perfect world I would like to have it look more like a northwoods shop than white wall suburbia garage. Any help and ideas are apprecited. This is a first project please remember that. Thanks for your time, I am really looking forward to your feedback. Over, LD
if insulating and heating remember vapor barrior just a word for plastic over insulation.if you want north woods t&g pine is verry ez if you can use a saw you can put it up your self.trim is ez most guys just use 1x2 in corners and celing to wall to cover short cuts ect 1x3 around windows and doors top and bott cut a bit longer.if you do do t&g I would go to home depot and get a cheep trim gun compresor combo. you can get a cheep husky set for under 100 that would last a home owner for life.just to make job 50 times faster.I would use the 3/4 the 1/4 stuff is made for going over like drywall ect.I used clear mapple plywood in my shop I got a a local cab shop for a great price.then I sprayed it with 2 coats of clear polly looks great.eaven pine 4x8 plywood can look good in a shop with some 1x2 and 1x3 trim work and some polly and verry durable.
09-14-2009, 12:54 AM
7/16 osb just have to hang it smooth side out if you want to paint it for the best look. Around $5 a sheet and it goes up fast, nails or screws. Just make sure that your fire wall is dry-walled and mudded up to the roof for code. Do the ceiling first then the walls.
09-14-2009, 08:18 AM
Do a two coat plaster! Its a more finished look and alot cleaner lookin Larry. It costs a few xtra bucks but well worth it. (dont do the spray texture, it looks cheap)
09-14-2009, 11:47 AM
I used metal barn siding for the ceiling, it goes up fast and don't have to kill yourself to paint it, then 7/16 OSB on the walls and painted them white. Drywall in a garage or shop could get a hole knocked in it quicker than OSB.
09-14-2009, 07:17 PM
We did silver polebarn tin on the bottom 1/3 to keep splatters easy to clean. Rocked the remainder and the ceiling is white polebarn tin (reflects the light the best.) This is a shop that gets used and abused almost daily, no holes in the rock and the tin still looks brand new. If your going to spend the money on heating it make sure you get thick insulated garage doors.
09-14-2009, 07:44 PM
hotwire..just wondering if you put up the ceiling first or the sides? I know with drywall ceiling goes up first but was thinking with metal siding it probably should go up after the walls due to the ribs (cutting osb to match the ceiling would be a pain?)
09-14-2009, 07:47 PM
Lots of really great and unique ideas! I knew this would be the place to look for help. I just want something different than the standard drywall. Nothing against it, but I just want something northwoods cool even though I live in uber suburbia, Naperville, IL. Thanks to everyone for the great ideas! I bet there will be a few more. I think this will be a great project for my wife and I. Thanks again everyone. Over,LD
Its easier to just rent a storage unit and throw some heat in it!lol
09-15-2009, 08:41 AM
Drywall does offer one benefit, fire protection. It has become a code requirement in many areas for that reason. Throw on drywall and put your pegboard, paneling, or channel groove over the top. Just slap a coat of paint over the drywall before covering and you have an added layer of moisture protection.
09-15-2009, 08:46 PM
racerx, I put the steel on last and I used "J" channel to have a tight fit to the OSB. I also ordered the steel inverted so the painted side is actually on the "back", then I put the ribs up and screwed inside the ribs, it gives a smoother look to the ceiling and doesn't look like barn siding.
09-16-2009, 10:54 PM
7/16" plywood. You can nail stuff up, screw brackets for light shelving in to it (be careful what's behind it of course!) I have firecode sheetrock on the house side wall and ceilings, plywood on the walls and it looks decent and takes a beating too! Have fun, keep the cost reasonable and keep it looking like a garage!
09-17-2009, 07:31 PM
if you use osb make sure you use a cover stain first, paint no stick good to glue !
09-18-2009, 02:12 AM
Paint will stick fine to osb, there is no need to stain it. Just use an oil based primer and then your good to go. I used kills on my walls and no problems, my neighbor just used latex paint, no primer on his and he had to do 3 coats to cover it good. But he also put the rough side out and the paint stuck fine.
09-19-2009, 12:53 PM
go with drywall paint it white its the suburb look but white is the last color to look dirty and it makes the room brighter for lighting and if you are working on your toys lighting will be important, you will want to be able to see where you dropped that 10mm socket in the bottom of your bellypan!! lol
09-19-2009, 12:56 PM
ok if you go with drywall use abuse board.cost a litte more but is durable andd moisture resistence.
09-19-2009, 11:06 PM
thanx hotwire. I got the idea to use steel when I was up-north at a tire shop which had all steel inside the shop and it looked pretty decent and totally forgot about the j-channel. Thing is I really do not think I want to hang sheets of OSB nor drywall on a 36x48 garage altho I still debating on a plan especially since I need 3-4k just for proper insulation.
10-28-2009, 08:26 PM
Did you get it done?
I live in Naperville too and would check the local codes - Drywall is best to limit fire spread and I think drywall may be code.
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