Insulating a vinyl shed

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Old 08-21-04, 06:56 AM
pjoyal1
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Insulating a vinyl shed

I have just purchased a Royal vinyl shed 10' x 15' to be used as a work shop. The walls and roof are constructed with a 2 inch air space between the vinyl panels. I am planning on heating this baby in the winter ( I don't like working in the cold ) and would like to know if it would be ok to insulate the wall and roof cavities with hand poured cellulose insulation? The panels are box - like tubes that are open on both ends. Would the insulation dramatically interfere with the heat transfer on the roof panels? Enough to damage the vinyl in the summer sun? Would insulating just the walls make enough of a difference to justify doing it?

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Old 09-10-04, 02:12 AM
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The gap may form a chimney effect that cools it down. Why not contact the company that makes them and ask? You could put the solid 2"panels beneath them i suppose.
 
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Old 09-13-04, 08:11 AM
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Hello Jeff. Thanks for your reply. I did eventually contact the company and they told me that I could use 2" styrofoam cut to length and insert the pieces into the channels. That was good news but I didn't realize that they don't sell that styrofam SM in 2" strips. It comes in sheets 2' x 8' long. So we had a lot of cutting to do (aprox. 300 ), but it cut fast and very well with my table saw. I am happy to report that we just finished installing the shed yesterday and it looks great and I have .... if nothing else .... a sense of satisfaction knowing that it is insulated. It took the better part of 3 days to do all the work but it's done now ...... Bring on the cold!
 
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Old 09-13-04, 10:54 PM
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I just noticed...ONTARIO ...it must get cold. The next cheap way of keeping it warmer is to caulk everything airtight. Light a cigarette inside with doors shut, on a windy day and watch the smoke to see where your leaks are. I dont think 2" of foam will be enough for a winter night. Hope it works well ...good job.
 
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Old 09-15-04, 04:51 AM
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Yes ...... Ontario can get very cold at times but on the coldest days, I'll probably just stay in the house. I will be caulking everything in sight as well as adding some good weather stripping to the doors and hope for the best. Thanks for your insight Jeff.
 
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