Asked on Sep 18, 2019

Can I insulate a pallet garage floor?

LKZard PocleebAllison


I wrote in recently about insulating a section of my basement that I will use for a home office. Now I need to think about the floors. I was considering laying down a vapor barrier and making a pallet floor on top of the concrete floor then stuffing the pallets with batts of insulation. A layer of Louan and laminate flooring and I’d be done. My thinking was that this would raise me up off the concrete and the insulation would make the new pallet floor warmer. I’m only doing this in a section of my garage that is about 5 x 8 . I like the idea of being raised a little bit because I am in a damp coastal area. Anyone have any thoughts about this? I could not find anything on the Internet where anybody had stuffed insulation inside of the pallets.

4 answers
  • Allison
    on Sep 18, 2019

    I would use rigid foam insulation in the pallets and fill in the gaps of the pallets with boards (from other pallets) I wouldn't trust lauan to hold up to being walked on. If you pick nice boards, you may be able to finish without the laminate.

  • LK
    on Sep 18, 2019

    Oh, ok. I just may ddo that. Thanks for answering.

  • Zard Pocleeb
    on Sep 18, 2019

    Your plan is well thought out and will work well. Lauan comes in 3/4” thickness. This would do well over the pallets. Alison is right in that rigid foam insulation would work well. The problem though is that it has a very low ‘R’ value. I think batt insulation might be a better choice.

  • LK
    on Sep 19, 2019

    Thanks for responding; something for me to think about

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