Re-Insulating Can Give Your Building A Facelift & Save Energy

Retrofitting Insulation in Steel Buildings

Buildings that were not insulated properly, or that have old torn insulation, can contribute to many problems. Condensation and thermal energy loss are at the top of the list. Adding new insulation can not only make an old building look new, but it can add additional R-Value which saves energy and money in the long run.

With energy costs rising there is a growing trend to seal air leaks as well as add insulation to existing metal buildings. This is referred to as an insulation retrofit. Retrofitting insulation between purlins or wall girts not only saves on energy bills, but it also addresses any existing condensation issues.

Weathered Insulation

Torn and weathered insulation not only looks bad, but it contributes to air leaks and thermal energy loss. Loss of energy and heat from inadequate insulation thickness, torn coverings and fiberglass significantly can increase cost of ownership and bottom line business overhead costs. Symptoms of a poor performing building envelope can be recognized with haphazard use of space heaters, fans and existing mechanical turning on and off frequently. The biggest culprit significantly increasing energy drain in a steel building remains to be created from an under insulated, unsealed building envelope.

Retro-Fit Insulation Over Old Insulation

Adding a new layer of insulation not only gives your building a facelift but it also seals up all the air leaks. A properly insulated building separates your building from the outer elements. It is like wearing a coat when it is cold. You leave the coat open and the cold rushes in and when you zip it up the heat is quickly retained. Steel Building Insulation Company can provide a new layer of fiberglass with a clean white vapor retarder facing for efficient thermal performance or just the facing material for a new seal and new look.
Adding additional Insulation
Condensation Due To Inadequate Insulation Buildings that have inadequate insulation can cause condensation. In most cases constructors of new metal buildings compress up to 6” R-19 faced blankets between the girts and/or purlins and the exterior panels. This acts as somewhat of a thermal break, however, it does not provide a high R-Value because it is limited to 6” insulation or less with compression at the purlins. Double layer, high R-Value systems work well with thermal blocks to prevent condensation. If installed correctly, this gives a high R-Value, a continuous vapor barrier, and a thermal break.

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