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In this blog I want to talk about ways to keep the heat down in your shed.
Let's face it, most sheds are just a big tin box, and they get hot hot hot, as you may have noticed.
When it comes to keeping your shed cool you have a few options, some aimed at keeping the heat out to start with, like insulation, some aimed at getting heat out through ventilation, and they all have their place.
In this blog I'm going to focus on insulation.
There are many types of insulation to choose from for your garage, some specifically designed for steel structures such as sheds.
Anticon blanket (fibreglass), is one very popular method, it's proven to work well and it's very cost effective. Not so much fun to install as many tradies will attest and generally due to the larger spacing between roof purlins on sheds / garages will generally need wire put on first before the blanket, to hold it up.
Another option is products like air-cell type insulation, which is basically bubble wrap in foil.
This type of insulation is perfectly suited to use in sheds and garages. It's not as fragile as anticon and generally speaking doesn't need wire mesh installed over roof purlins first before it's fitted.
For commercial use you can even get it with wire embedded in the insulation to help cut down on install time and expense.
There are many different grades in this type of insulation as well, but even the cheaper stuff performs very well.
Some companies have a product in this line suited for sheds and garages in particular, which can be quite a bit cheaper than the norm due to not being fire rated, although perform exactly the same in regards to thermal insulation ability.
(Class 10a sheds and garages need not use fire rated insulation like needed in dwellings)
Base products are generally single layer bubble insulation and then going all the way up high density foam.
These types of products are an especially good product for use in sheds and garages due to their strength, long life, and versatility, being able to be used in walls as well due to their thickness being minimal.
Now I know it's hard to believe, but this thin air cell type insulation, even the cheaper stuff can perform just as well as 60mm anticon blanket in regards to heat insulation, however generally not quite as good when it comes to cold, not that we have that problem in Queensland.
We at Spartan Sheds use quite a few different types of the air-cell type insulation and it is certainly my personal preference for insulation needs when it comes to sheds and garages.
It is more expensive than anticon blanket but for me it's definitely the best bang for your buck.
It's versatile, being able to be used in roofs and walls easily.
It's very neat and tidy when done correctly, and it is a more resilient product and certainly the better, most suitable choice when it comes to insulating your shed or garage.
I'd highly recommend considering adding insulation, at a minimum to the roof area, on your next shed, it is well and truly worth it.
Well, until next time guys, thank you very much for reading, I hope this article was helpful to you in some way.
If you have any questions at all you want answered please do not hesitate to contact myself or any of our amazing Shed Gurus, we'd be more than happy to help.
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Big Trev - Your Shed Guru
I want to discuss with you the idea of required floor space, and things you should consider when designing your very own shed.
Time and time again I meet with people who need or want a shed. Funnily enough though so many of those people don't actually know what they're after.
The whole point of this blog is to help you on that journey, and to help clear your thoughts and the process.
Ok, so you want a shed, you've run out of space and just need more, right?
We've all been there. Some of us are still there😉.
Have you really sat down and nutted out exactly what it is you need? Or have you just looked at some standardised sizes and thought that will do me fine?
I mean, I know that some people just need a double garage for car storage and that's all, and that's obviously an easy one, but, if you're considering a shed for multiple purposes it pays to sit down and really nut it out, inch for inch, to get you the best bang for buck so to speak.
Once you start that exercise you will see a whole other story start to unfold.
You need to ask yourself what you will be using the space for quite matter of factly, it really helps to draw it out with some graph paper too.
Get your tape measure out and start to measure all the things you already have that will be destined to live in your shed.
Cars, boats, vans, motorbikes, yard equipment, anything hobby related, do you need work space?
Then consider the things you may plan to have in the near future, and maybe even a growing family?
All of these things seem very run of the mill and easy to figure out in your head, but many times I have seen this method backfire.
Once you've got a rough idea of the size you're going to need, assuming it actually fits in your yard 😉, It can be really beneficial to mark it out in your yard.
One of the best investments you can make pre - shed is a long tape measure and a tin or two of line marking paint, which can be had from your local hardware store and is quite inexpensive when considering the investment you're about to make, you need to get this right.
If marking it out isn't your scene get your local Shed Gurus - Spartan Sheds out to do it for you.
Having expert eyes on this for you can be invaluable.
Sitting down and talking to an expert after you think you've got it all sorted can also prove to be very valuable, there's usually something you haven't thought about, we all do it, it's very easy to get tunnel vision.
When designing my own shed I even had some ideas thrown at me from others that I just never considered during my own process, and I've been at this for a very long time, so fresh eyes, fresh ideas, is certainly helpful.
Getting it right is critical to make best use of space and save you $$$.
Quick story - I once had a guy that needed a new shed for a new caravan he had custom ordered and was getting built.
He had all the dimensions from the supplier for the van, all we had to do was build a shed for it to fit, easy right?
Well on the surface of it all it should have been very easy. Now I should mention that the yard space we had was very limited and was already going to be very tight, no problem, we can do this.
We sat down and designed a building to suit the given dimensions, allowing a tight but manageable 200mm front and back (it was always going to be tight),
Between inner most points of the back wall and the front roller door.
The owner was happy and we built this guy an awesome shed, just big enough to squeeze his big new van and just short enough for council to allow it to happen, winning.
Then a few weeks later the van arrived, we got a phone call, the van didn't fit......
As it turns out the dimensions given by the manufacturer weren't quite right.
The length given was from rear of van (back wall) to end of draw bar, but did not include rear van bar or tow hitch for some unknown reason...?
So now to fit the van the owner has to remove the tow hitch and rear spare tyre everytime the put the van in the shed, not really the desired outcome, and totally avoidable.
Just food for thought.
So for now, I hope this helps. There's still a lot to cover on shed sizes and design, which I will be writing about in the near future.
If you need any guidance at all please don't hesitate to contact us, it costs nothing for a quick chat but could save you plenty of time and $$$
Stay tuned and thanks for reading.
Spartan Sheds - The Shed Gurus
Your Shed Guru
The Journey Begins.
Thanks for joining me!
In the coming weeks, and for the foreseeable future I’ll be adding lots of content here to help you as much as I possibly can, while bringing as much value as I possibly can.
You can follow my blog here - www.spartansheds.com.au/blog
Building a can be a daunting process for many people not familiar with the industry, and I plan on laying it all out in laymans terms as much as possible, trust me, you’re in good hands I’ve been doing this for a long time, I’m a third generation builder with over 20 years industry experience.
I look forward to this, I’m quite excited to tell you the truth. You will have to forgive me though on my grammar, spelling, structure, please. I’m not a writer by any means, but when it comes to building I’ve got this, and more importantly I’ve got you.
If you have any questions you'd like answered in regards to sheds, carports, patios, whether in regard to what we can do for you design wise, or certification and council regulations pertaining to your new shed, carport, or patio. please comment and i'll answer the best I can.
Until next time thanks for reading.
- Big Trev - Your Shed Guru