Have you recently purchased a timber garden building in order to provide you and your family with extra space? These buildings are typically used as a place to get away, storage space, or for miscellaneous purposes. The problem with most of these buildings is that they come uninsulated which can be very problematic for individuals that are going to use it for something other than storage. As a result of this, an extra cost will be added on to the construction of your timber garden building if you're going to actually have people inside of this area from time to time. This is a brief tutorial on what you need to do in order to properly insulate this type of building so that, regardless of whether you use this during the warm summer season, or the cold winter seasons, it will stay at a comfortable temperature once everything is in place.
Insulating and lining a timber building is a very time consuming and fiddly operation and not something that can be done on the cheap for it to be effective. Yes we have had all the know it alls who use egg boxes and cotten wool from their belly button to be eco frendly . But it just does not work. The biggest expense is labour and not just materials , if you are in any doubt just ask a local joiner to give you a quote and compare it to ours!
Essentially, these types of buildings are simply used as a place where people can go, or where access materials that you have can be stored. Depending upon the size of the building, you can usually put this in your backyard and use it at your convenience. They are typically made of solid timber which is designed to handle any type of weather, and will last for many years if not decades. They come complete with a door, sometimes windows, and a roof overhead, but very few of them come with installation.
In order to start insulating, you need to consider what type of installation you actually need to use in order to insulate this building. There are many types to choose from including glass-mineral wool, rock-mineral wool, rigid foam or a new product which is simply called sheep's wool. Glass-wool is actually made of glass that has been recycled. This makes this product very popular because it is environmentally friendly, plus it is very easy to install and also cost effective. Mineral wool has a very solid structure, unlike glasswool, and is perfect for areas that are under compression. An example of where you can use this would be in a timber garden building that has a flat roof. If there are rafters, or joists, in the ceiling on the floor, it can be easily installed in these areas. It can also be made in a "slab" format which is optimal when building new houses. It fits very conveniently in the cavity of walls, although many people use "loose" mineral wool instead. This type of insulation can easily be blown into holes that are drilled into existing walls, something that is useful for those with existing structures. Because it does not burn very easily, resisting temperatures over 1000 degrees Celsius, it is also a very popular type of insulation because of this safety feature. The final two types of insulation include rigid foam which can be used where you need to install it under a floor, or even in a loft, because of its durability and strength. It can also minimize the amount of sound that you hear outside, and is also fire resistant. Finally, the newest addition to the insulation family is sheep's wool which is used in many homes, but is not as cost effective or eco-friendly as the aforementioned forms of installation.
Before you can begin, you need to realize that heat lost is greater in some areas of a structure when compared to others. For instance, most of the heat that is lost in a structure such as a timber garden building goes through the roof. Therefore, the type of insulation that you use should be designed to regulate heat lost more efficiently. Next, the floor is where the second most amount of heat is lost, followed by the walls and windows. Therefore, when choosing insulation, you will want to use the most efficient insulation on the ceiling, and the least efficient on the walls. What you use on the floor can vary depending upon your personal preferences and the amount of money you have to spend with your budget. Most people will use "slab" mineral wool in the ceiling and floor of their timber garden building because of its efficiency, ability to resist fire, and the fact that he can easily be situated in areas such as the rafters. For those that are going to use the building for people instead of storage, rigid foam is probably the best choice because it is comparable to mineral wool slabs, but provides acoustic insulation as well. For the walls of the structure, you will want to use loose mineral wool because it is very easy to blow it into holes that you drill in the walls. If you do not have your walls up yet, you can actually use any of the different types of insulation because the least amount of heat will be lost in this area of the structure.
Now that you know about the different types of insulation that are available, and which types of insulation are best suited for the ceiling, floor and walls of this structure, you can start to look for the best deals available on insulation for this type of project. The amount of money that you have spent on your timber garden building should motivate you to properly finish its construction. By adding insulation throughout the structure, it can be used for either storage or people that simply just want to get out of the house. If it is going to be used primarily for individuals that are using it as a spare room, it is recommended that you use rigid foam insulation in the ceilings and floors, and also in the walls if you have not yet finished constructing the structure. If you have, you should use loose mineral wool so that you can blow the insulation into the walls very easily without having to tear down the walls to add insulation. Using these simple tips for insulating your timber garden building for both storage and individual use, you will now have a outdoor structure that is complete. Hopefully these tips will motivate you to consider insulating an existing timber garden building, or perhaps improving one that is already there. Either way, by adding insulation to this structure, it makes it much more usable, and therefore will represent a good investment that will last for many years to come.