There is nothing better than working from home in your garden office, but you do need to make sure it is well insulated or you simply won’t be comfortable in the colder months. Suddenly that commute of old might look appealing!
When you are switching between your garden office back to your home you may also want to look at the warmth within your living area and what style of fireplace you have chosen. As this is a main feature within most people’s home it is important to choose the right business.
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The good news is that there are plenty of options for insulating garden rooms in an easy and affordable way. Firstly, most modern garden offices are now well insulated and akin to modern homes. This is because they are targeted by the Building Regulations Act, which defines u-values for floor, roof and wall insulation (u-values measure thermal performance).
Remember too that insulation is also relevant when it comes to summer months, as it will help you to keep your garden office cool.
What are the Insulation Choices?
Good choices include reflective foils, mineral wool and rigid insulation.
Reflective foils help to lessen the transfer of radiant heat, with both foil-faced bubble wraps and also multi-layered foils. Both are lightweight and easy to install. Rigid insulation is very commonly used in outdoor and garden offices because it boasts a high u-value, but is thin. This means that walls are not overly padded and layered through its use. There are various different types on the market, including XPS, PUR and EPS. Most are foil faced to add to reflective insulation. Find out what the insulation degree is as performance will vary.
Mineral comes in rock wool and glass wool. The latter is made from recycled sand, glass and limestone, but rock wool is also made from recycled products, this time from the waste from blast furnaces. These materials will make the walls thicker as they require a deeper level of insulation in order to achieve the same results.
Other materials also exist, including insulation made from recycled plastic bottles – good for the environment and clean – and sheep’s wool, which is natural but can be expensive. Hemp insulation is also becoming a popular choice and is mixed with polyester to form a matting.
How Can I Choose the Right Insulation?
The best type of insulation for your needs will depend on a range of factors including availability, cost and space. Contact a specialist provider for more information and a no obligation assessment of your particular office needs.a