Insulation Tips For Your Shop Or Shed

Whether you have a serious carpentry hobby or just like to putter around with tools and small projects, a cold shop or shed can put a damper on your weekend plans. The ability to use your shop year-round depends on it's insulation. There are four key areas to insulate if you want to hold in the optimum level of warmth.

Upgrade Your Weatherstripping

Weatherstripping is the most obvious point of heat loss in your shop or shed. You can check for air leaks on a breezy day by shutting the doors and windows, and then holding a lit candle around the edges of each. If the flame flickers or blows out, you've found a leak.

Replace the rubber gaskets around windows and doors, and make sure the door sweep at the bottom of the door is in good repair. Another option for the windows is to cover them with shrink plastic. This provides minor insulation and keeps out drafts.

Check the Door

If your shop is housed in a detached garage, you may be losing a lot of heat through the garage door. Many doors consist of nothing more than wood or metal panels with no further insulation. You have two options to add some insulation:

  1. Replace the door with a newer door that is made from panels with insulated cores.

  2. Add insulation panels to the interior of the garage door. The panels must be cut to fit each segment of the door tightly. You can do-it-yourself or hire one of the Edmonton insulation companies.

Fill the Roof

A lot of heat is lost through the ceiling, especially in a shop or shed that has exposed rafters and no roof-side insulation. Insulation options depend on your budget and whether you want to DIY or hire it out.

If your shop has a ceiling installed below the rafters, you can use blown-in insulation to quickly add a layer of warmth. If the rafters are exposed, you will need to use insulation batting or insulated panels. You can then add a layer of drywall or plywood over the insulation so it isn't exposed, if desired.

Tackle the Walls

Insulating the walls is much like insulating the roof. If the walls are finished, you can drill small holes between the studs and fill the cavities with blown-in insulation.

For exposed studs, batting or panels are the way to go. You will need to finish the walls with drywall or plywood once the insulation is installed.

If insulating the entire shop isn't in the budget, concentrate on the areas that are causing the most heat loss. With a shop without a garage door, weatherstripping and roof insulation provide the best benefit. If your shop has an overhead door, make sure it's insulated and that the weatherstripping is in good condition before adding insulation elsewhere.