Irrespective of how you intend to use your garden room, insulation is a big deal. The extent to which your garden room is insulated will determine how much use you get out of it throughout the year.
The whole point of improving your home with a bespoke garden room is creating a space you can enjoy, whatever the weather. A garden room that lacks insulation is no better protected from the elements than a shed or summer house – neither of which hold much appeal in winter.
By ensuring your garden room is effectively insulated, you can make full use of it throughout all four seasons.
What is Insulation?
Insulation is the material placed in the wall and roof cavities of a structure, engineered to keep cold air at bay and retain as much heat as possible. Most insulating materials work on the basis of positioning many thousands of small pockets of air between the indoors and the outdoors.
Air is a uniquely efficient insulator, hence the effectiveness of the pocket of air between the panes in a double-glazed window.
Good insulation is as much about keeping energy bills low as it is creating a comfortable environment indoors. A poorly insulated structure can be heated with electrical appliances, but it is far better to keep it from getting uncomfortably cold in the first place.
What Types of Insulation Can Be Used?
Insulating technology has come a long way, but the basic materials used to insulate structures have changed little over the years. Most insulating materials are known for their characteristic light and fluffy appearance – the most common of which are rockwool and glasswool.
Both of which can be supplied in panels that sit in the cavities of walls and ceilings, or in large rolls to insulate an attic. These materials contain millions of tiny pockets of air, providing excellent insulation and heat retention.
Structures can also be insulated using Celotex boards, which comprise a rigid core of polyisocyanurate positioned between two thin aluminium sheets. This enables the boards to effectively reflect heat back indoors and prevent cold air from entering.
Some other types of insulating materials include reflective foil, polyester matting, polyurethane foam, blow-in cellulose and more. Which material represents the best choice for any given structure will be determined by a number of factors, including its size, configuration, layout and material composition.
Why Should a Garden Room Be Insulated?
An insulated garden room is a significantly more comfortable, versatile and enjoyable installation than one that is not.
Just a few of the benefits of ensuring your garden room is effectively insulated are as follows:
For more information on any of the above or to discuss our insulated garden rooms in more detail, contact a member of the team at Riverside today.
Call Riverside Garden Rooms today on 0203 126 4984 and our friendly, knowledgeable team will be here to help with all your questions. At the same time, why not arrange your free home survey?
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