Whilst helping a friend clean up her shed to make room for a work bench we realised how hot the shed got during the day when you are trying to work. The decision to insulate the walls and roof of your shed needs to be made before the sheets are installed. By doing so you can reflect up to 97% of radiant heat back to its source, keeping you cooler in summer and warmer and winter. Insulation can minimize noise from around the neighbourhood, rain and traffic. The insulation also acts as a vapour barrier reducing moisture and dust particles passing into the wall and roof cavities. There are 2 common types of insulation:-
- Mesh and blanket insulation
- Reflective closed cell foam foil insulation
Mesh and blanket insulation is used for commercial buildings and reflective closed cell foam foil insulation for domestic sheds. When looking at insulation be aware there are thinner, cheaper products around but theirs don’t have as high insulating properties (R Value) as the 6.5mm thickness used for our sheds. While insulation is normally used in the roof only, you can achieve improved insulation if you choose to incorporate it in both the roof and walls. When you create a comfortable environment in your shed or garage it lends itself to a multiple of uses, for example:
- Model Trains
- Man Cave
- Hobby room
- Games Room
Roof Ventilators come in many forms, most commonly:-
- Passive, non-motorised roof ventilators
- Motorised roof ventilators
Without roof ventilators, moisture laden air rises and condenses in the roof space trapping the dampness. In the warmer months, heat radiates from the roof into the shed. Passive roof ventilators are most commonly used for domestic sheds and larger, motorized roof exhaust ventilators can be used for commercial buildings as they can be designed to suit the size and specific requirements of the building.
By choosing insulation and roof ventilators, you are creating a long-term cost saving solution for your shed which adds to the overall feeling of comfort in the area.