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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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