If you are building a tiny house, you have a lot of options when it comes to choosing roofing insulation, and the insulation you select can have an impact on the top of roofing materials you use as well. Here are a few ideas to consider:
1. Spray or batting insulation
If you want to mirror the type of insulation you see on conventional homes, you may want to choose spray or batting insulation. Both of these types of roofing insulation can be paired with metal or shingle roofing. To install these types of insulation, you first put the roofing material on top of the joists of your tiny home. Then, you glue or spray the insulation in place in between the joists before adding the sheetrock or other material that you are using for your interior ceiling.
2. Insulated roofing panels
Insulated roofing panels are another conventional choice. These panels look like flexible boards. You cut them to size and glue them in between the joists of your roof. Some tiny home builders like the ease that comes with insulated roofing panels.
Alternatively, if you are making your home so that it utilizes as many eco-friendly products as possible, you may want to consider cork over traditional insulated panels. Namely, cork is sustainable and recyclable, and when you harvest cork from a tree, the tree doesn't need to die. Rather, cork harvesters strip the bark from the tree, and then, it regenerates. Both of these types of insulated panels may be used with shingles or metal roofing.
3. Insulated panels combined with roofing
If you want to roof your tiny home quickly, you may want to look at roofing panels that combine the external roofing material and an insulating layer. These panels have metal on the external side and insulation on the other side. You simply attach them to your joists, and viola, your roof is covered and insulated at once.
4. Straw bale insulation
For a truly sustainable design, forgo metal or shingle roofing, and create a green roof on your tiny home. A green roof is a roof that has vegetation growing on it, and it's an ideal use of space if you only have a small plot of land.
However, the downside is that this option is heavy, so you will need to use extra lumber to support the roofing material. Basically, your roof would be a layer of closely spaced beams or joists with a piece of plywood attached above them. The lime-dipped straw bales sit on top of the plywood. Then, there is another piece of plywood lined in plastic and followed by soil which hosts plants.
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