Building a custom designed shed in South Australia can serve a wide range of functions, but it's important to be aware of your surroundings and conditions. For example, you wouldn't build a carport style shed without walls to protect your stock from the wind and rain!
And on the other side of this, it's important to make sure your shed doesn't overcook in the Australian summer heat. According to Bureau of Meteorology maps, large parts of the northern half of Australia experience maximum temperatures of more than 35 degrees, and some push 40 degrees and beyond during the heat of summer.
You may be storing chemicals that should be kept cool, want to protect your stock, or simply prevent machinery and vehicles from being scorching hot to the touch – all of these can be impacted by hot temperatures. So with this in mind, what are some ways of keeping your shed nice and cool this summer?
Insulate to keep cool
Besides making your shed more comfortable and offering the chance to reduce energy bills, insulation comes with a few other bonuses.
First, it can help sound-proof a space. If you're worried about loud noise leaking out from a workshop or garage, insulation can help lessen the chance of noise pollution.
Secondly, depending on the type of insulation you use, it can also make a building more fire-resistant.
Install some winning windows
By putting windows into your shed, you're creating much more than a pretty outdoor view! That's because windows can be an excellent way of mitigating heating and cooling. The Australian government's Department of Industry has noted that poorly made windows or doors can add 25 per cent to heating and cooling bills, so getting windows built strong and built right should be high on your list of shed priorities.
Doing research on types of glazing, the right size of window and the orientation of your shed will all help you make the right decision as to where to place windows. A shaded window can greatly minimise the heat gain within your shed, as well as provide some natural cooling breeze. Cross-ventilation is a great way of keeping your shed or barn cool, and the appropriate window can also be closed at the right time of day to keep the heat in once the sun goes down.
External shading for your windows can be provided by installing some excellent features like an awning, which we can do here at Shed Boss. You can have great views of the outdoors and keep your shed cool – effectively having your cake and eating it!
To work out more details about how windows could work for ventilation of your shed, it is important to talk to the team at Shed Boss Fleurieu. We have extensive experience with building a diverse range of sheds and will be able to help you find the right way to keep your shed cool this summer.