How to Insulate a Backyard Shed or Studio
If you have a backyard shed or studio, you want to be able to enjoy it as much as possible, including during those hot, dry days and cold spells. While many think they can only enjoy their space during perfect weather, so they don’t get too hot or cold, there are ways to insulate the structure allowing it to be used comfortably all year long.
Sisalation paper is a high-quality reflective foil insulation paper. It is energy efficient and protects buildings from heat, extreme cold, moisture, dust and even helps reduce wind noise. It is economical and easy to install, making it a great choice for most structures. This type of insulation is favoured by many Australians because of how well it suits the climate and can eliminate the need for heating/cooling devices, cutting back on energy costs. The use of sisalation paper is standard in Aarons Outdoor Living studios, workshops and sheds.
The same material we use to protect our goods in transit can also be a cheap way of insulating a shed. Simply measure the wall panels and cut the bubble wrap to fit. Overlap strips to ensure all gaps are sealed and tack it to the framing of the shed and not the wall panel itself. Then apply MDF boarding to the panels and screw into place. The downside is that it doesn’t provide noise reduction the same way as other methods do.
Fibreglass wool is a fantastic option for insulation, but it isn’t the easiest of jobs and you will need to protect yourself whilst installing. Have a protective cover for your eyes, mouth, and nose and heavy-duty gloves for your hands when handling the material. First tack a breathable membrane to the inner walls of the structure then place the fibreglass wool on top. Finally, cover this material with a solid piece of wood so that the fibreglass wool is completely covered. If you are using your shed, workshop or studio for an office or a quiet retreat, fibreglass wool is a great choice for its noise-reduction properties.
Insulate Windows and Doors
Windows and doors are all too often the culprits of letting in moisture and drafts, so it’s important to make sure they’re properly insulated like the walls are. To keep water and drafts out, use a foam filler around the windows and door, paying extra attention to the gaps in the frame. Liquid wool is also a good material to use, simply let it dry before cutting to size.
Don’t Forget the Floor!
A big section to insulate that often goes forgotten is right under your nose. Consider underfloor insulation that will help reduce heat loss by up to 40% in the winter. This is as easy as lining the floor with a breathable material first, then lay a carpet or rug on the top. The breathable lining will help to prevent damp, which you definitely don’t want on your wooden flooring, so if you choose not to use it then be sure to check under the rug for damp or rot occasionally.
Don’t let the harsh Australian climate keep you in the house. Consider a shed or studio from Aarons Outdoor Living to enjoy whilst staying cool in the summer and warm in the winter. They look fantastic as a part of most backyard renovations and provide extra space that can be used for a variety of things, from storage to office space to a place to enjoy hobbies. Contact us to discuss your requirement to get started on creating the perfect space for you.