Insulated Garden Rooms

by | April 16, 2020 | 0 comments

Not all insulated garden rooms are created equal…

The way your Snugg insulated garden room is built can have a massive impact on how easy it is to keep warm throughout the year. That’s why we only use the best possible materials and methods available, ensuring your Snugg not only remains warm, but doesn’t cost the earth to heat.

Our walls are built using Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs), which are extremely strong, energy efficient and cost effective (allowing you to get a lot more for your investment).

What SIPs offer over ‘traditional’ build methods is exceptional and continuous thermal insulation, meaning your Snugg stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer. A lot of this is to do with SIPs resulting in a structure that has significantly less air leakage, something that is often overlooked in construction. It’s one of the reasons why traditional builds can be expensive to heat.

“The most cost-effective way of achieving airtightness is to choose the right construction system. As previously stated, 5m³/hr is now standard with SIPs”

Our panels are factory manufactured, with total precision, enabling us to quickly construct your Snugg insulated garden room. The finished build is incredibly well insulated, with minimal air leaks thanks to the fact there are no poorly constructed joints or gaps (like you sometimes get with hand cut insulation panels).

In addition to the excellent properties of the SIP walls, we use 80mm polyisocyanurate (PIR) insulation in the floor with a full membrane and 100mm PIR insulation in the roof. This is all expertly fitted and then sealed with spray foam to ensure air leakages are kept to a minimum.

Now when it comes to garden rooms with insulation, different types provide different benefits. At Snuggeries, we use polyisocyanurate (PIR) insulation in floors and roofs quite simply because it’s the best. Other garden room manufacturers only use mineral wool – even in their walls – and as you can see from the image below, it’s nearly 50% less efficient than PIR.

If you compare our system, which has a U-value of 0.23 for our walls, against a leading competitor’s that uses rockwool insulation, they can only achieve a U-value of 0.35. This makes our structure the most cost effective to heat and more environmentally friendly by quite some margin. What’s more, should you require us to go lower, we can easily adapt your build to lower the U-value further, not something many garden room manufacturers will be able to offer with their modular methods.

It’s also worth noting that mineral wool used in walls will sag over time. Moreover, it’s incredibly difficult to install without air gaps, so performance will degrade as air pockets with no insulation start to appear.

Below are thermal images comparing a ‘traditional’ timber build vs. our method using SIP panels. All the blue areas in the image are heat escaping from your building!

Finally, some insulated garden room suppliers cut large holes in insulation and walls for wiring and pipes to go through. But any opening – even the smallest hole – can add hundreds of pounds to annual heating bills, with poorly routed cables and pipes common culprits that impact a building’s energy efficiency. Our meticulous attention to detail ensures this is never an issue.

The team at Snuggeries build incredibly efficient homes and use the same high quality methods in every Snugg insulated garden room we build to ensure you have a garden room that not only looks beautiful, but doesn’t cost the earth to keep it warm and cosy.

Interested in finding out more? Get in touch today and learn how we build all our Snuggs based completely on our customers’ wants and needs.

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