About Insulation and Internal Wall Lining.
A She Shed logcabin doesn’t always require an internal wall lining as the solid wall structure are different to widely used timber frames on other sheds. This is a great advantage on the solid timber cabins.
Timber Frame Photo (Insulation required) | Log Cabin – Solid Wall (Insulation not always required)
You are welcome to install wall lining if you wish, it’s not complicated to do and can be used for extra insulation as well for decorating such as hanging up wallpaper etc.
If you are wanting to use your cabin for a sleep out, here are a few ideas below for insulating your cabin or shed but if you talk to your local building supplier they will be able to give you many more options.
One of the most important places to have insulation is under your floor, here are some products you could use. Available from The Insulation Warehouse – insulationwarehouse.co.nz, Or Bunnings – www.bunnings.co.nz.
A high grade insulation that comes in a 1200 wide roll. You can get pre-cut widths to fit between floor joists. Meets NZ standards and is a high grade product.
A quality underfloor insulation that fits between floor joists. Comes in three widths- 450mm, 500mm and 600mm. You roll it out between floor joists and staple in place.
A Polystyrene insulation with a concertinaed edge, that sits hard against the floor boards. It is economic and is great with floor boards. Each sheet is 60mm thick, 1200mm long and is available in a wide range of widths: 360mm, 410mm, 440mm, 470mm and 560mm.
Expol Underfloor Insulation R1.8
Expol Black is graphite infused EPS supplied in the same sizes as the standard white under floor Insulation. Expol Black is a premium product which achieves superior R values. It has high insulating properties and is rigid and lightweight.
UnderfloorPink® Batts® SnugFloor® is a range of thermal underfloor insulation products R1.6/R2.6 Narrow & wide
If you have already built your sleep out, or are converting an existing shed, you could opt for carpet and these days many carpet underlays have good insulation properties.
Underlay available from Harrisons carpets – underlay with a purpose.
Walls and Ceilings.
Space is at a premium with walls, so we want to use insulation products that will take up as little room as possible. Here is a list of products we have come up with so far.
Natural wool products – Blanket Wool Insulation:
This insulation comes in a blanket form and has Thermal ratings of R2.6, R3.2 and R3.6. It can be used on walls and ceilings. The material is safe and healthy and non-toxic.
It would be very easy to place this behind Gibb Plasterboard that is screwed straight to your wooden shed walls, or a nice Tongue and groove.
Natural wool products also do an underfloor blanket.
Thermabar 344 FR Foil a Fire Retardant light diffuser Foil Insulation
Consisting of a layer of highly burnished aluminium foil that is bonded with a Fire Retardant adhesive to a white woven polymeric mesh. This will provide a white aesthetic finish that will increase light. It is fire Retardant and is unaffected by moisture. Will improve thermal performance. Available from Bunnings.
Other products that have been used are Aircell, Foilboard and other insulation products.
Please don’t hesitate to share with us some of your ideas on lining a SheShed.
Please NOTE: Timber is a natural product which expands and contracts with changing moisture. Winter = High Moisture = Expansion. Summer = Lower Moisture = Contraction.
We recommend that slotted angle brackets are used to fix internal battens to the external wall boards inside your cabin, this allows the external wallboards to expand and contract naturally under there own weight. See recommended photos below: