Insulation in your home's walls and roof helps to keep your home toasty warm during the winter. Fiberglass and spray-in insulation can also be used in other structures on your property, such as in your chicken coop, dog house, and work shed. Here is how insulation can be useful in these three outdoor structures this winter.
In Your Chicken Coop
If you live in a northern climate, you know winter weather can get pretty cold. But, if you have planned well for a winter with chickens, you only own chickens that can survive cold temperatures.
Cold weather chickens include Buff Orpingtons, Rhode Island Reds, Easter Eggers, Jersey Giants, and Wyandottes, just to name a few. Cold hardy chickens can survive in below-freezing temperatures, as long as they have access to an insulated and draft-free coop with plenty of water.
By insulating your chicken coop with fiberglass insulation, you can help keep cold air from blowing into the coop. You will also be able to keep heat that your chickens produce inside the coop without having to set up a heat lamp and risk starting a fire in the coop.
As your chickens roost together in their coop, they will create about 10 watts of heat per chicken. So, if you have 15 chickens in your coop, they will produce an equal amount of heat that a 150 watt light bulb creates.
Line the inside of your chicken coop with rolls of faced fiberglass insulation by attaching it onto the inside of your chicken coop's roof and walls with a staple gun or nails.
Make sure you use faced insulation because it is lined on one side with plastic or thick paper to seal off the insulation fibers from your chickens. If you own chickens you will know they love to peck at and eat anything. As an extra protection, you can also cover the insulation with metal sheeting around the bottom three feet of the coop's walls. This will help to prevent your chickens further from eating the fiberglass insulation.
In Your Dog's House
You can also insulate your dog's house to keep out cold winter drafts by sealing up any cracks or holes. Then, install a winter door flap on your dog's house to help keep drafts from coming inside. Don't forget to insulate the floor of your dog house, because a majority of the cold can radiate up from the frozen ground.
A good type of insulation for a doghouse is spray insulation. This type of insulation is easy to install because you just spray it on the inside of the dog house, focusing on the seams and corners of the interior. This keeps out any drafts and gives your dog house an extra layer of protection from the outside cold.
Once the walls, roof, and floor inside the dog house have been insulated, then you can line it with plywood to keep your dog from picking at the insulation.
In Your Work Shed
By insulating your backyard work shed, you will create a more comfortable environment for you to work outside on any projects during the winter. An insulated shed will also help protect your power tools and landscaping equipment from any damaging winter temperatures.
With the use of several rolls of fiberglass insulation, you can line the walls and roof of your work shed to keep the cold drafts out. This will even allow you to use a space heater while you work because the insulation will help keep the heat inside your work shed.
Just make sure you don't install insulation over any roof vents to keep a proper ventilation in your work shed.
These three extra places to insulate can help keep your outdoor projects, your chickens, and dogs more comfortable during winter. To learn more, contact a local insulation company.