3 Tips For Keeping An Outdoor Workshop Toasty In The Winter

Posted on: 28 November 2016

A outdoor workshop is a great addition to many homes. Building one of these workshops away from the home allows homeowners to work on their various projects without bringing the mess inside the home. These buildings are also great for storing power tools, paint products, and other items. For much of the year, workshops can be comfortable to work in. However, once temperatures start dropping, it may become uncomfortable. Here are three tips for keeping an outdoor workshop warmer during the cold winter months.


Outdoor buildings may not be the first place that homeowners consider insulating but it can be worth it. A well insulated outdoor workshop can be comfortable even in the coldest temperatures. There are plenty of insulation types to choose from for an outdoor workshop. One great choice is spray foam insulation. This type of insulation has a higher R-value, which is a measure of how well a material insulates, than most other types of insulation. The R-value of closed cell spray foam insulation is 6.5 while fiberglass and cellulose range from 3.5 to 3.7. Spray foam insulation ranges in cost from $0.44 to $0.65 per board foot for open-cell spray foam to $0.70 to $1.00 per board foot for closed cell.

Replace The Windows And Doors

One of the biggest areas of air leakage in any building are the windows and doors. Many outdoor workshops are built with inefficient single paned windows and flimsy doors. Replacing the windows and doors in an outdoor building can help keep it far more comfortable when temperatures start to dip. Double-paned windows are the best at keeping warm air in. However they can be pricey, costing between $600 and $800 for a single window. A new door can cost north of $200. For those homeowners who do not want to spend the money on replacing windows and doors, weather stripping can also help keep the space warmer.

Add A Heater

Another way to heat a workshop is just by adding a heater. For cold climates a heater that produces between 50 and 60 BTU's is recommended. The cost of a heater for a workshop can vary depending on whether or not it needs to be professionally installed as well as the overall size of the workshop though most homeowners can expect to spend a few hundred dollars.

Keeping warm in an outdoor workshop can be difficult during the winter months. Adding insulation, replacing the windows and doors, and adding a heater are all things that can help make a workshop comfortable to work in when temperatures drop. For more information, contact companies like Philo Insulation Co.


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