3 Important Insulation Tips For Tiny Home Builders

Posted on: 29 January 2019

The decision to make your home in a very small space can be a freeing experience that will save you money on living expenses, as well as saving time on home maintenance, repairs, and cleaning. During the building process, however, those who are building a tiny home or converting a storage shed into a small home will need to be aware of specific challenges they may face due to the compact size.

One of these challenges involves insulating the structure to make it as comfortable as possible while preventing condensation issues. If you are in the process of constructing a tiny home or doing a shed conversion, here are three insulation tips you need to know.

Insulate the floor first

Since many tiny homes and shed conversions are constructed with only a single layer of sub-flooring, often in the form of plywood, cold air can be trapped underneath and create condensation when coming into contact with warmer interior air. If not corrected quickly, this condensation can quickly deteriorate the sub-floor and create an environment conducive to mold growth.

Taking time to apply a layer of insulation to the bottom of the sub-floor material will help deflect cold air and reduce the risk of condensation and mold, while also making the floors warmer and more comfortable for those who live there. In addition, placing a moisture barrier underneath the tiny home or shed conversion can also be helpful. 

Take care to retain proper ventilation

When installing insulation in interior walls and ceilings in tiny homes and shed conversions, it is critically important to make sure proper ventilation is retained. Moisture from cooking, bathing, and the even normal respiration can quickly raise humidity levels in these smaller spaces.

When applying foam, fiberglass, or any other type of insulation in small spaces that will be used as living quarters, care must always be taken to insure that ridge vents in the peak of the home, as well as any end vents in existing loft spaces must be left uninsulated to help prevent the risk of mold and poor air quality due to excessive humidity in the interior of the structure. 

Opt for professional insulation installation

Finishing a tiny home or converting a shed into a home as a DIY project is a wonderful dream. However, just a few simple mistakes made during the insulation process can turn the whole project into a costly nightmare. Proper insulation, installed by a reputable insulation company will help to protect your investment and ensure that your tiny home project will provide years of comfortable, efficient housing for your family. 


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