can be lifesavers when it comes to storing lawn care items, vehicles, or just about anything that can clutter your garage. In order to keep your metal shed in the best shape possible, it may be a good idea to install insulation. Not only will that protect your items inside, but insulating your shed will also prolong its life. Insulated sheds help control temperature inside year-round. But you don’t have to hire a handyman to get the job done, here's how you can do it yourself.
Benefits of Insulated Sheds
Why would you need to insulate a metal or steel shed
? Let’s start with explaining what condensation is and how it occurs. Condensation simply water that accumulates in your shed when moist air hits the surface that has a lower temperature. You don’t want condensation to build up inside, which could cause damage to anything you’re trying to keep safe. It also leaves your shed vulnerable to mold or rust. Although you will likely not be able to remove all condensation, adding insulation will help tremendously.
Insulated sheds will typically last longer because you are effectively helping control the temperature during any season. It’s a win-win situation, because not only are you prolonging the life of your shed, you are keeping your items inside safer, too.
The Insulation Process
Let’s use the Commander Series Storage Building
as an example of a shed you may choose to insulate. This choice has plenty of storage space and could even be a great space for your own personal workshop. The UV resistant panels already protect against rot and insects, but you want to make sure in any case condensation is at a minimum. Here’s one way to install insulation:
Choose your insulation type. Foam boards are a common choice that won’t break the bank.
Cut foam board to fit sides and roof of your shed. Measure length and height, and cover with fireproof vapor barrier.
Apply adhesive according to directions and place on walls and roof. When applying to the roof, consult drawing below and notice the placement of the foam boards. You want to make sure there is an air gap between the roof panels and foam board. You can use aluminum tape as an adhesive.
After Installation Care
After the installation, many people decide to make walls more aesthetically pleasing inside insulated sheds. DoItYourself.com suggests adding wallpaper to your shed
to give it your own vibe. If you spend a lot of time gardening or working inside, it may be a nice decorative touch! It’s also important to keep an eye on the foam boards from time to time. If you see any starting to peel, you will need to replace them. You’ll need to maintain your insulation just like you maintain your shed.
Insulated sheds are a great benefit in almost every climate. Keeping the inside temperature more controlled is key to keeping your shed and belongings in the best shape possible. And if you choose do go the foam board route and do it yourself, this small investment will pay off for years to come.