A good Muskoka room, sunroom, or screened porch is a great place to enjoy the feeling of being outdoors without the negative impacts of bugs, rain, and other unpleasantness.
But on sunny summer days, the sun can heat the space so much it becomes unbearable. And in the colder seasons, it can get so chilly as to be unusable.
Adding some insulation to these normally uninsulated spaces makes a world of difference in all seasons, says Curtis Hinksman of Soundseals Insulation.
“Although most people think of these rooms as outdoor spaces that don’t need it, there are still many benefits to adding insulation,” he says. “One of biggest reasons is to increase protection from the sun’s heating effects.”
If your space has a metal roof, you will also enjoy an added benefit, dampening the deafening sound of rain as well as the reverberating booms from heavy thunderstorms.
“Anyone who has sat under an uninsulated metal roof can tell you how jarring a storm can be,” says Curtis. “When you have young children, older family members, and pets to care for, insulating that space really enhances everyone’s comfort and peace-of-mind.”
Any covered area will benefit from an insulated roof, while Muskoka rooms or sunrooms with walls and windows will also benefit from insulation in the walls. It will provide true year-round use of the space while increasing overall energy efficiency.
“Insulating the entire room allows you to open it to the rest of the home without worrying about losing cooling and heating energy,” says Curtis.
Insulating the floor can make a big difference in comfort as well. When it starts getting colder one of the first things noticed is the cold coming through the floor, causing cold feet and chills.
Insulating the exposed underside of an indoor/outdoor space helps make a three-season room more enjoyable during the chilly autumn morning or early spring afternoons.
Trust the experts
The Soundseals Insulation team also knows what type of insulation is needed for every other part of your building. They offer all types of insulation for their clients, including blown-in, batts, spray foam, and more.
“Every property’s needs are different,” says Curtis. “We can review your building and provide expert advice on the amount and type of insulation needed to provide peak efficiency for your home or cottage.”
TEXT CHRIS OCCHIUZZI | PHOTOS ANDREW FEARMAN & PAUL BENNETT