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MsGarrison
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Insulating a wood shed
Just got it last week. It’s a cabin shed 10x16 and I wanted to insulate it and many into an outdoor hang out spot; I was wondering if radiant barrier would work (going to heat and cool the shed).


convertedtiger
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re: Insulating a wood shed
Rockwool that bitch.


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CrawDude
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re: Insulating a wood shed
Seems like traditional fiberglass or wool insulation for the wall and attic (assuming it has one) would be sufficient for a building that small. Some type of radiant barrier would be easily install in that type of shed - does it have soffits, and if so, are they vented?


fishfighter
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re: Insulating a wood shed
I'm sure the studs are 24" OC. Just buy some R13 fiberglass batts for the walls and R30 for the ceiling. Look for 24" wide goods. Home Depot carries it.

Would wire up the building first.

Once insulated, cover everything with 1/4" OSB.


MsGarrison
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re: Insulating a wood shed
No soffits.

My problem comes with the roof. It has no attic, however, I could make one but would rather not. What could I do to insulate it ? Standby for picture..

Couldnt upload a pic but my shed has this type of roof with plywood and tin on top.

This post was edited on 8/13 at 2:08 pm


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MsGarrison
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re: Insulating a wood shed
Wiring tonight.


Going to get some romex wire, junction boxes, outlets, switches.

Ill post progress of the shed. Really like doing this as a DIY project. Hope to make it a cool space by mid-september to enjoy fall evenings and football.


convertedtiger
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re: Insulating a wood shed
One thing I would add, whatever you think you want in power, double it. Also, don't go cheap on the wiring. Mine is wired all 12 gauge 20amp circuits. Also, run power outside. You would be surprised often you will use an exterior outlet or two. Adding a 220 line is not a bad idea either. We wound up putting in a secondary box with amperage to spare for future expansion.


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NATidefan
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re: Insulating a wood shed
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My problem comes with the roof. It has no attic, 


Insulation panels would be easiest and most bang for the buck I believe.

Could do spray insulation. But it's a bit pricey for a shed.

Could just throw some fiberglass rolls up there and cover them with some sheet rock or plywood.
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CrawDude
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re: Insulating a wood shed
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No soffits. My problem comes with the roof. It has no attic, however, I could make one but would rather not. What could I do to insulate it ?


So basically you have an unvented cathedral ceiling scenario, so how about foil-faced polyiso board between the ceiling rafters. LINK see page 3, option 2, unvented roof sheathing, and per installation instructions, you can add additional fiberglass insulation on top of the foam board for additional insulation if you want or feel necessary. Shouldn’t need R30 as you not going to live in it unless you piss off your SO.

Then size your AC and heating not only for the square footage but the amount of insulation you install. There are on-line calculators for this. Maybe something like a 6,000 to 8,000 BTU window heat pump (I’m looking for one now for an attached 200 sq ft storage shed) unless you’re thinking the smallest mini-split they make, but that’s a small area for a mini-split.
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Kingpenm3
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If looking to go fast and cheap, fiberglass and strapping will work across the ceiling. My FIL has an office where he did this and just used duct tape for strapping and put a nail through it at every joist! Ugly as sin, but it works.



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