If you have a summer house that you plan to spend a great deal of time in, keeping it comfortable and warm is important, so insulating is a big factor. There are a few ways to insulate your garden summer house, and some are most cost-effective than others but may offer less protection and insulation from the elements.
It is important that you are aware of what you wish to achieve and what your budget is before you start. Below, we offer some advice to keep your summer house insulated. Keep in mind that when you are deciding on the kind of insulation you need, you should remember that there are a couple of areas, such as the doors, windows, walls, and floor. There are certain requirements for each component.
Garden summer houses are very popular in the UK,so if you’re planning to have one, it would mean we need to budget for insulating them. There are a few different options:
- Bubble Wrap
This is the most cost-effective method. Be sure to measure the panel of the summer house and then cut the bubble wrap to fit it neatly. You should overlap the strips of bubble wrap to stop heat getting out through gaps and also tack or staple the bubble wrap to the unit. You can then finish off by placing some MDF board over the panel and screwing or nailing it in place.
- Fibreglass Wool
This method is well-suited for insulating garden summer houses. Remember to protect yourself by covering your mouth, nose, and eyes, and wearing protective gloves when dealing with fibreglass wool. Start by tacking a breathable membrane to the inner walls and then place the fibreglass wool on top. Finish by adding a solid sheet wood board to cover the fibreglass wool.
If you have not yet had your garden summer house put together, you may want to consider underfloor insulation being fitted to the grid of the base. This provides excellent insulation and can help you reduce up to 40% of heat loss.
If your garden summer house is already in place, there are two ways you can ensure that heats is maintained in the structure:
- Lay a rug on top of the floor
- Line the floor with a breathable membrane before placing the rug on top
If you do not want to add a breathable membrane, try to ensure that you check under the rug regularly to see that no rot or damp is building up in the garden summer house.
The Doors and Windows
Doors and windows are common entryways of water for your garden summer house. There are two key methods for preventing this, including:
- Applying a hardening foam filler along the edges of the windows as well as any gaps in the frame of the door
- Using liquid wool the same way. Allow the materials to dry completely and they cut out any excess pieces.
The right insulation also provides a decent level of noise insulation.
If you plan on spending a great deal of time in your summer garden house, use the fibreglass method as this provides far better noise insulation, too.