Sheds have developed to being more than just a key storage unit for many Australian properties.
Sheds have become an extra room to the house. They are used as home gyms, game rooms and home offices. We are spending more time in our sheds.
That means it is important that you can comfortably work, rest and play in your shed.
Ensuring a well-insulated space that stays cool in summer and warm in winter is of the utmost importance.
With so many great and easy-to-install products on the market, a shed does not have to be a hot box in summer and feel like a refrigerator in winter.
A common question we get asked is what are the main benefits of shed insulation? What are your options if I’m looking to insulate my shed?
In this article, we look at helping you answer those two important questions.
Why do I need shed insulation?
Insulating your shed has a range of advantages, including:
- Providing year-round comfort, maximising use
- Minimising moisture migration
- Reducing noise
- Reducing energy usage
A backyard shed is much more than just a place to store gardening equipment.
They’ve evolved into natural extension of the living and recreational spaces in our homes.
Sheds are vulnerable to being excessively hot or cold depending on the temperature, and insulation not only provides warmth for the occupants but also protects the items kept inside.
While sheds are undoubtedly a great storage option or a great way to increase the living space of your home, the weather has a significant effect on their longevity.
Insulating your shed is a great way to increase comfort and use while still protecting your valuables from the elements.
What parts of my shed need insulation?
You can insulate your shed in a couple of areas, each of which serves a different purpose.
Shed Floor Insulation
The floor of shed is something that is difficult to retrofit insulation to. Most shed floors are constructed of concrete and can be only insulated by creating a subfloor with battens and fitting insulation. A new shed can have insulation installed within the concrete in the construction process.
Shed Roof Insulation
The roof of your shed is another place to insulate. This helps to keep the temperature inside the shed from rapidly changing. Furthermore, in wood-framed roofs, roof insulation provides excellent thermal and sound control.
Shed Wall Insulation
Wall insulation improves the thermal efficiency of your shed and improves the acoustics, making it a comfortable and quiet environment. Strong winds, hot air and cold air are less likely to penetrate or leave a shed until the walls are well insulated.
Shed Door Insulation
When it comes to shed insulation, shed doors are often ignored.
The comfort level of the garage or shed as greatly affected by any areas that are left uninsulated.
Shed door insulation reduces heat transfer by providing a radiant barrier that reflects 95% of the radiant heat, keeping the shed at a comfortable temperature.
What are my shed insulation options?
At Foilboard®, we provide outstanding insulation products that are environmentally friendly and extremely efficient insulators.
Foilboard® shed insulation is a solid EPS layer of aluminium foil laminated on both sides. One side is treated with antiglare green to protect the installers eyes. This side is still a radiant barrier reflecting heat, while not reflecting as much light, and the silver side is reflective for both. The Foilboard can be installed either way without change in performance. The silver side is often installed as the visible finish for an aesthetically pleasing finish and a brighter shed.
Heat transfer by conduction is reduced by the closed cell structure of the Expanded Polystyrene core that has trapped air as an insulator. Heat transfer by convection, which is the movement of air between the inside and outside of the shed is reduced by the rigid insulation panel being installed correctly, creating a close seal.
Foilboard® acts as a radiant barrier, reflecting up to 97 percent of radiant heat (silver side) and lowering the temperature in the shed by up to 10 degrees.
Foilboard® further improves insulation efficiency by creating a thermal break by covering the metal purlins and creating an enclosed air cavity.
And best of all, you can use Foilboard® on all the areas of your shed previously mentioned, including:
Where can I buy Foilboard for my shed insulation project
Foilboard® shed insulation is available through our growing network of distributors. Our distributors include Bunnings, Mitre 10, Home Timber and Hardware, Bowens, Dahlsens and several other independent hardware, insulation, and plastering stores.
Stockists can be found at our stockist finder page.