STEEL BUILDING INSULATION: GREAT SAVINGS IN THE LONG RUN
Article by Armstrongsteel
Whatever the purpose of your metal building, it is going to require costs to ensure temperature control. If it is a home, then you will need heating during the winter and cooling during the summer so that the people inside can feel comfortable. If it is a storage unit, you will need some temperature control system so that the goods inside remain at an optimum temperature, especially the perishables. The heating and cooling costs can be a significant addition to any building cost. This is not very apparent in the beginning because most of these costs occur during operation on the long run. With some advance planning and including steel building insulation, you can now greatly save on your heating and cooling bills.
Insulation helps in the overall reduction of heat loss from the building. At the same time, when the outside temperatures are high, the same insulation doesn’t allow it to enter the building. Most metal building insulations available today prevent all three forms of heat loss – conduction, convection and radiation. Apart from heat insulation, these provided an additional benefit in the form of noise reduction. Steel building insulation is able to absorb noise and make the building sound proof so that you can enjoy a good and pleasant interior.
Fiberglass is the most commonly used steel building insulation today and is a very good choice especially for homeowners who want to opt in for steel houses. Fiberglass is used along with another facing material and covers the entire structure. Therefore it acts like a uniform blanket around the steel building and therefore can be quite an effective heat insulator. The thickness is the determining factor for the efficiency of this heat insulation. An experienced steel building manufacturer will know exactly the climatic conditions at your place and will be able to suggest the right insulation thickness for your building.
Reflective insulation is another type of insulation that is particularly useful in places where the temperature soars during summer months. As the name suggests, reflective insulation mainly reduces heat loss or gain through radiation. Therefore when the sun is shining brightly over your steel building, reflective insulation will keep your home from heating up. However, reflective insulation also contains an inner passive layer usually made up of plastic or polyethylene that reduces heat flow through conduction and convection as well. Therefore you get a complete insulation package. The outer reflective surface is usually made of aluminum. During winters, the passive inner layer prevents heat loss from the steel building while during the summer the reflective outer layer keeps the sun away from the building.
Spray insulation is another type of steel building insulation that is being used for small aesthetic buildings as it hardly modifies the looks of the building. The building is sprayed with a special insulating spray. This spray can have a number of components but primarily contains polyvinyl alcohol or polyurethane. Additional qualities of this spray include fire proofing properties that further help prevent any fire disasters with your building. Some components also contain moisture prevention properties that improve the life of your steel building construction.
About the Author
Shane Watson is an employee at Armstrong Steel. Armstrong Steel is one of the largest pre-engineered building suppliers in North America. Whether you want a pre-fab building kit to erect a building or a turnkey solution for your 100,000 square-foot facility, Armstrong Steel is committed to providing customers with the finest building at the lowest cost.