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Nasty 06-09-2013 05:31 AM

Floor insulation?
 
Hello

New to the yurt world and would like to know if floor insulation is needed if it is only going to be used in the summer months. No plans to install a heat source. The yurt is a lightly used 20' with insulation for the roof and walls. The floor will be 2"x6" on top of beams with 1 1/8" T&G ply. It will be 1-2' above the ground. Thanks for any answers.

Marshall Eppley 06-09-2013 06:49 AM

Re: Floor insulation?
 
Welcome to the forum If you are only going to use it in summer i would not think you would need it. But it does make a difference in winter.

Jafo 06-09-2013 11:32 AM

Re: Floor insulation?
 
Not sure why you will get the insulation if you are not going to have a heat source. It is a reflective insulation meant for radiant heat. It won't hold ambient heat well.

stephanwik 06-09-2013 03:50 PM

Re: Floor insulation?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Nasty (Post 1810)
would like to know if floor insulation is needed if it is only going to be used in the summer months.

Depends a bit on your climate. If you're near water you'll benefit from, at the very minimum, a damp proof membrane (sorry, no idea what Americans call it) to keep the moisture (read mould) out.

Nasty 06-09-2013 06:00 PM

Re: Floor insulation?
 
Yurt is only going to be used for guests in the summer as we have a main cabin that is heated with wood for colder months. Not a lot of guests in the winter. For some reason visitors don't like below zero temps as much as they do 70's and 80's.

Jafo do you mean why I got the insulation for the walls and roof? If so it came with it and I was told it would help with the heat in summer and condensation. If why I would insulate the floor I just want to make sure it is not crucial for moisture and mold control in a yurt.

I was still planning on putting a vapor barrier under the floor for moisture and if I ever decide to add insulation down the road. It is located close to a lake but we do not have high humidity in the area.

Thanks for the answers. This is a very informative forum where I have learned a lot about yurts. We have wanted one for a long time and the one we got was close and in great shape and a good price.

Jafo 06-09-2013 06:38 PM

Re: Floor insulation?
 
Well I guess the roof/wall insulation will keep it cooler in the summer, but that is about the only benefit if you are not going to have a heat source. You might be surprised how many people want to book a yurt in the winter. I love going to mine and it gets down well below -20 in the winter. :)

Welcome to the forum. :)

Nasty 06-09-2013 10:51 PM

Re: Floor insulation?
 
I think for now I am going no floor insulation unless someone has a reason for it other than heat retention. If we were to use it in the winter I would insulate because it gets down to -50 regularly where its at.
By guests I mean friends and family. Thanks again for the info.

Jafo 06-10-2013 07:28 AM

Re: Floor insulation?
 
My floor is not insulated btw. It doesn't really bother me that much when I stay up there on a weekend in the cold winters. I think you will be fine without it too.

Nasty 06-10-2013 08:08 AM

Re: Floor insulation?
 
Great. Thanks for the help.


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