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DianeCrowe 11-13-2012 08:55 AM

weather proofing entire stand alone garage
How can a stand alone wooden garage be weather proofed enough to be a library and preserve the books?

kwikfishron 11-13-2012 09:01 AM


Originally Posted by DianeCrowe (Post 1051115)
How can a stand alone wooden garage be weather proofed enough to be a library and preserve the books?

A good roof, siding and properly installed doors and window.

Posting some pictures so we can see what your working with would help.

user1007 11-13-2012 09:51 AM

Good dehumidification and cross ventilation if storing books and some insulation would be nice. Weatherstripping to seal all the doors as best you can. A suspended space heater or two would be nice in the winter I should thinK?

pumpkins 11-13-2012 09:51 AM

As we just dealt with a very irritating mouse, it immediately comes to my mind that your garage should be perfectly closed to store books. Mice can enter through a hole smaller than an inch and damage your books.

Moisture, even without water leaks is going to be another problem. To avoid it you will need to ventilate the library once in a while (you don't want mold on your books)

mnp13 11-13-2012 10:28 AM

old books or modern books?

But as others have mentioned, roof, doors and windows are key. As is moisture proofing the slab.

Ventilation is important, you want to have fresh air but not let the weather in. Controlled humidity would be a plus.

CanAmGuy 11-13-2012 03:59 PM

The condition of the garage is certainly the starting point. A garage can be converted to living space quite easily. Like others have mentioned, roof, windows, doors, the concrete and proper ventilation are key. Start top down. Inspect the roof for any worn, damaged areas or existing leaks and replace as needed. Make sure the roof has proper ventilation. Proper airflow in the attic is critical. The last thing you want is the attic to become a "sweat box", then you'll have mold and mildew. After the roof, move on to the windows and doors making sure they all properly seam, replace any damaged weatherstripping. Regarding the floor, sealing the concrete is good. Perhaps even put down a new subfloor. (unless you have in-floor radiant heat). lay 2x4's as sleeps with 1-1/2" foam between them, then 3/4" OSB over it. Then you could put down a carpet, tile, vinyl or hardwood. At this point you're garage should be equivalent to living space. Next would be proper climate control (dehumidifier).

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