No matter what you use it for, your shed is just as much a part of your home as your actual house. Whether it’s a storage space, a hobby spot, or even a simple workshop, it should be as comfortable and well-maintained as your own home.
Insulation is a big part of ensuring that your shed is comfortable and easy to work in. Making sure that it’s well insulated can keep it from being too warm or cold when the weather shifts. No matter what temperature outside, your insulated garden shed will be a pleasant place to use, rain or shine.
Insulating your garden shed can be done with plenty of different materials and, when done right, doesn’t have to break the bank.
Why should you insulate your garden shed?
Your garden shed should be comfortable all year round, not just during one season, especially if it's an area you frequent. By insulating it, you ensure that it doesn't heat up like an oven in summer and freeze up like the arctic in winter so you can continue using it as a workshop, hobby space, or storage unit.
Not only that, but some items in your shed may be sensitive to temperature changes. If you store electronics in your shed, extreme weather conditions may affect their longevity, which is why reducing heat and cold is necessary.
Melbourne is especially susceptible to seasonal extremes, to the point of experiencing a handful of weather changes in just a day. "Melbourne-proofing" your shed can help the shed last longer and keep stored belongings safe.
Plenty of homeowners use sheds to store tools and big pieces of equipment, and if the shed is left uninsulated, these inhabitants can corrode and break down much faster. Corroded tools can be a headache at best and dangerous at worst, so you want to avoid their deterioration altogether.
5 ways to insulate your garden shed
There are five effective methods when it comes to your garden shed insulation that can all be done yourself for low cost and instant results. You can choose the one that suits you best, depending on your budget and personal preferences.
Sisalation paper is a great, high-quality option if you want something lightweight and portable. It’s easy to purchase as it isn’t bulky or heavy, cost-efficient, and energy-efficient. It’s excellent at protecting your shed from any moisture, dampness, dust or wind noise.
Because it comes in sheets or rolls, it’s easy to fix if there are tears or breaks. This is a widely popular option as it’s affordable and an excellent insulator.
Fasten the paper to the walls and either nail them down or use adhesive. It’s a simple, easy way to insulate your shed.
Another cheap and easily accessible option is bubble wrap. Bubble wrap is great because it cuts the amount of heat coming into a shed by resisting heat flow through its thickness. This is especially effective for reducing the heat coming through windows.
When using bubble wrap, you need to measure the wall panels in your structure and cut the wrap to fit. Cover the strips to ensure all the gaps are sealed, and then attach bubble wrap to the shed frames (but not the walls themselves). Fix the bubble wrap in place using the medium density fibre (MDF) board on the panels.
The only disadvantage of using bubble wrap as shed insulation is that it’s not soundproof like the other options.
Fibreglass wool is made of superfine glass fibres woven together and compressed into long rolls. It's a good option for sheds that double as workshops or offices since they have excellent sound-reducing properties. It's available in a wide range of sizes which is helpful for sheds that have been built to custom measurements, but you should be ready as it won't be easy to install.
Make sure you stay safe when handling fibreglass wool; you need to ensure you're wearing goggles, a face covering and heavy-duty gloves to protect your lungs and eyes from the tiny glass fibres. When you've cut the sheet to size, place a breathable membrane on the internal walls of your shed before fitting the fibreglass wool and a piece of wood on top to cover. You can either staple down the wool or use wire to fasten it to the walls.
Foam filler or liquid wool for doors and windows
Now that your walls are done, the next step is to stop water seepage. Doors and windows are the common causes of moisture build-up in sheds. Even if they’re only slightly ajar, rain or water can creep in. By using foam filler or liquid wool around windows, doors and any other gaps that can let moisture and rain in, you can protect your shed and keep it well-insulated. Ensure all the gaps in the frames are filled. You can also use liquid wool. Just let it dry before cutting the size.
Foam or silicone for the floor
The shed floor is a large surface area that often gets overlooked for insulation; however, it significantly contributes to temperature variations. Getting the floor covered helps keep your shed environment balanced.
Insulating the floor makes sure that the entire structure is comfortable, not just the walls and windows. Foam, rubber, or silicone can be used as underfloor insulation, slotted between the shed's base and the actual floorboards or flooring. A carpet will also help keep the shed insulated and absorb sound.
Underfloor insulation helps to reduce heat loss by up to 40% in cold seasons. You can cover the floor in your shed with a breathable material first, to prevent dampness and then lay a carpet on the top.
When it comes to your garden shed, you need to ensure a comfortable balance in temperature all year round (even when that includes three seasons in one day). Going without insulation makes shed work difficult from season to season and risks shortening the life of your stored items and the life of your shed as well.
To get the best use out of your shed, reduce power bills and look after your equipment, a simple DIY insulation project is the answer.
If you have any questions about shed insulation or looking for the best shed materials and order options, give us a call here at Shed Bonanza.