How To Insulate a Garden Shed Floor, Walls and Roof
- 1/ Measure the size of your building. How high are the walls, how large is the roof area, measure the floor if you want to insulate it
- 2/ Decide on the type of insulation you would like to use. i.e. fibreglass insulation, insulating a shed with polystyrene, or foam insulation sheets
- 3/ Order the shed insulation from your builder’s merchant or someone like B&Q
- 4/ How to insulate shed walls – Cut the insulation to size and fit this in between the shed walls and tack into place.
- 5/ Cover the wall with plywood, hardboard or T&G timber boards.
- 6/ How to insulate a shed roof – Cut the insulation to size for the roof, we recommend using polystyrene as this can be cut slightly oversize so it can be wedged into place
- 7/ Cover the roof with plywood or hardboard. We recommend screwing this into place so it can be removed if need be.
- 8/ Finally cover the joins in the wall and roof panels with cover strips. This ensures your insulating of your garden shed has a tidy cosmetic finish
- 9/ How to insulate a shed floor – You will need to fit insulation in between the floor joist and tack into place before building your shed.
- 10 Alternately, buy an insulated garden shed with insulation already in place. This is the easiest option but a little more costly.
Should I Choose Insulation For My Garden Shed?
Throughout the summer months, it’s no problem using your garden shed for the normal day to day things, whether it’s a little pottering about or enjoying being away from the house. But in the cold winter weather, your shed becomes a place not to be used. Which is a shame? How much better would it be if you could use your shed all year round with no limitations on what you could do down there. Well, this is possible by deciding to go for an insulated one and you will then not mind going down there all year round. You would then be able to enjoy your hobby down there, possibly allow your children to use, but with reservations on that use, or maybe just enjoy a little time away from the hubbub of the daily grind. If you had a little ‘home cottage’ type business and used your shed in connection with it then you could claim the cost against your profits so that would make it even more feasible.
Is It Possible To Insulate My Shed After It Has Been Delivered?
If you have reasonable DIY skills then it is possible to line and insulate your shed after delivery. You would need to buy the insulation, normally fibreglass insulation or polystyrene, and some form of internal cladding. Mostly plywood would be used or maybe hardboard, which can have an attractive veneer finish on it or T&G cladding. To add the insulation you would need to cut it to fit within the internal timber framing. If you are using polystyrene you will find that it stays in position by itself. With the fibreglass, you would need to tack that into place as it’s quite floppy. When you come to insulate the roof I would always recommend the polystyrene as this can be cut slightly oversize and pushed into position. It would then be self-supporting. Ideally, get one or two friends in when you are doing the roof as they will be able to hold the roof sheets or T&G in place whilst you secure it into place. The final cosmetic thing to do is to add covering strips over all the joints.
Are There Any Other Options Other Than DIY Shed Insulation?
Our 39 years in the timber building industry means we can offer on all our Platinum garden sheds an optional insulation service where they would be insulated and then lined. By taking up this option your timber shed would then be able to be used all year round and not just in the warmer months. The building would be insulated with Kingspan foil backed insulation which enhances the temperature within the building. There is a choice of internal claddings ranging from plywood, board or T&G to suit your needs and requirements. To finish off timber internal trims are added to ensure a great cosmetic finish.
Is It Expensive To Add Insulation To My Garden Building?
On each Platinum shed order form, there is the cost for the insulation so you can decide before ordering whether it will be cost effective for you. We can also insulate the floor as well but you would need to call to get the cost for this. By deciding on the lining and insulation option you would be able to use your garden shed all year round. How much better that would be for you – only you can decide. But it will make it an even more attractive proposition when the weather is not so good. How you use these extra days and hours is down to you but just to be able to go down and have some ‘me’ time is worth it just for that. It won’t take long to decide this is a great opportunity for you – a great ‘man cave’ or ‘shed den’.
Will My Insulated Timber Workshop Be Cosy In The Winter?
By adding insulation and lining it your shed will definitely be warmer all year round. You will need to add heating to it, the same as in your home, but with that, it should nearly be as warm. So whether you do it or we make your life easier and we do it for you you can see this is a great and viable option. As far as heating is concerned we recommend an electric radiator as this produces nice dry heat. Do not use a Calor gas heater as this produces loads of moisture as well as being a fire risk. Don’t even attempt to do this. Another positive for insulation is that the building will stay cooler in the summer as well. Not many people are aware of this and are only concerned about keeping it warm. To be fair I was not too aware of that until, when I was at our display site, I went from an insulated shed into an uninsulated one. I was staggered by the difference. So much so that I went and double checked. This is why it will be a good investment for your shed and a wise decision. You won’t regret it.
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There are many things which make a house easier to sell such as being in a good state of repair and decoration, to being in the right area and near the right schools. Another main area to ensure looks right is the garden. The front garden give potential buyers their first impression and when they view the back garden then this also needs to impress potential buyers.
Even simple things like ensuring the grass is cut and all weeds removed from any borders will help. Tidy away any random items so the garden displays an uncluttered look. Garden buildings can also play a part, whether it’s the garden shed, summerhouse, kiddie’s playhouse or a garden home office similar to to these. These also need to be looking spick and span and, when combined with a tidy garden, will make your home more desirable.
The attraction of a garden home office or even an insulated garden shed is very appealing as this can give prospective purchasers a very good reason to choose your house. This will give them an opportunity to carry on using it as an office, or maybe they can use it as a recreation or craft room. Possible other use is as a gloried den for the children which they would love. You can always look on the internet and ask what is the cheapest way to insulate a shed or about shed insulation DIY options?
The choice of home offices is staggering with many different types available and you can see a good range on this web site. The most important consideration is to ensure it is lined and insulated (I always think this should be insulated and lined as the insulation has to go in before the lining. But it normally is described as lined and insulated, why I don’t know) The reason for the insulation option is to help to keep the garden home office warmer in winter and more importantly, and not always appreciated, is to keep it cooler in the summer.
You need to ensure that the internal height is sufficient as many of the cheap garden home offices are quite low. This is important as a low ceiling height will make the office a little claustrophobic. Ensure that the building is made from T&G (tongue and grooved) timber and also, for long life, from redwood deal and not the cheaper white wood.
Where ever possible order double glazed doors and windows as this will help to keep the warmth in during the winter and the heat out during the summer making the garden home office pleasant all year round. There is a number of options for the roof covering from heavy duty felt, long lasting Onduline roofing, felt tiles, cedar shingles or even a slatted roof. All will keep your garden home office dry from rain and snow so the choice is cosmetic.
The managing director of property developers, Puddlestone, said that there has been a significant rise if the demand for homes with home offices in the gardens and this has made those homes more attractive and easier to sell. This is put down partly to the increase in people wanting to work from home due to the financial crisis. Having said that it does not always mean that the sale value will reflect the cost of the home office just that it makes the home easier to sell.
However, if you are thinking of investing in a home office for the garden it is good to know that it will help in the future to sell your home. So you have had the benefit of the home office or an insulated garden shed whilst you are living there and you also have the confidence that when you decide to move on it should be easier to do so.