As the seasons change, so does our attire — we wear warm, heavy clothing in the cold months and lighter, more breathable garments when it gets hot.
While regulating our body temperature comes naturally to us, a sizable portion of the country doesn’t understand the importance of a well-insulated home. And even when the home is insulated, you can almost guarantee the storage shed out back isn’t.
To help make sure this doesn’t happen to you, we’ll go over a few reasons why it’s important to insulate your storage shed and what could happen if you don’t.
1. Keep Pests Away
Insulating your shed is an effective means of keeping pests out.
Regardless of whether the area you live in is prone to mice, insects, birds, or some other critter, quality insulation will make it much more difficult for them to get in. To this end, most insulation contractors will recommend sealing the cracks in addition to setting up quality insulation.
2. Guard Against Moisture
There’s nothing worse for electronics and similar items than moisture and humidity. In fact, storing these things in a shed without insulation is a surefire way to ensure they stop working. Additionally, if the items you’re storing are made from metal, excessive moisture and humidity could cause them to rust.
Fortunately, insulating your shed keeps moisture and humidity from creeping in. Once insulated, your storage items should be safe for the foreseeable future. However, it’s always a good idea to evaluate the insulation every year in case it needs to be replaced or supplemented.
3. Reduce Outside Noise
Some people with roomier sheds opt to move their hangouts indoors when the weather gets cold. Unfortunately, an uninsulated shed can be a rather noisy place, especially if you live close to a busy highway or street — you’ll hear every car that drives by and anyone who talks above a regular conversational tone.
Insulation helps keep everything quiet. It will not only muffle outside noises but also keep the noises you make inside relatively quiet, meaning you won’t have to hear your neighbors and they won’t have to hear you.
4. Regulate the Temperature Inside
No matter the season, you’re likely trying to regulate the temperature inside your shed. Even if you aren’t in it often, proper temperature regulation helps to ensure that the items you store there don’t fall victim to the elements.
This is especially true if you live in a warmer climate. In more torrid zones, excess heat can actually melt items stored in sheds. As with moisture and humidity, this is bad news for electronics and similar items.
5. Prolong the Life of the Shed
The final reason is arguably the most important: insulating your shed will prolong its life. Once it’s properly insulated, all you have to do is perform a little routine maintenance and you’re good to go.
An uninsulated shed, on the other hand, can quickly succumb to outdoor conditions, which can create expensive problems. Fortunately, installing insulation is as easy as finding the right contractor.
Insulation Contractors Can Help
When insulation contractors install insulation in a shed, they focus on three key areas: floor insulation, ceiling insulation, and wall insulation.
First, they’ll determine what type of insulation is needed. Once they’ve done that, they’ll measure and cut the insulation so it adheres to the shed’s various dimensions and surfaces, including the walls and pipes. Finally, they’ll secure the insulation using screws, tape, or staples.
Now that you know the importance of a well-insulated shed, you won’t have to spend another season at the mercy of the elements.