Why You Should Install Insulation in Steel Buildings

Confusion about metal building insulation is common. If you are thinking about insulating your new steel building or contemplating whether you need to include a vapor barrier, you probably should. However, while metal building insulation is great to have, especially if you plan to install commercial steel buildings, you don’t always need it. Three things determine whether you should insulate your steel buildings. These are:

  • What is the climate where your building is installed? If you live in areas with extreme heat, cold, or moisture, you might require upgraded insulation.
  • What do you plan to use the building for? Open-sided farm buildings and livestock shelters may not need insulation. Most enclosed buildings, on the other hand, should be insulated.
  • Do you plan to install climate control? If the building interior requires cooling or heating, you should invest in energy-efficient insulation.

Be sure to research how to install your insulation, as when properly installed, insulation is up to 40% more efficient. Our custom, pre-cut cap and pin insulation system is simple to install, works to control condensation, is durable, and attaches simply with stick pins and washers.

Whether you end up picking the white-facing vapor-lock composite polypropylene or the reflective lightweight foil facing vapor retarder, make sure it is the best choice for your needs.

What Does A Vapor Barrier Do?

Water vapor may accumulate and penetrate your walls and ceiling cavities through vapor diffusion. When cold air meets warm air, it condenses and returns to its liquid state, which can compromise your steel structures and insulation. A vapor barrier, also known as vapor retarder, reduces the amount of water vapor that enters the steel building.

Is Building Condensation A Serious Problem?

Left unchecked, condensation and moisture in walls and ceilings can be very destructive. Some of the adverse effects include:

  • Uncomfortable interior humidity levels
  • Drips from the ceiling into the building interior
  • Discoloration of interior walls or ceiling
  • Damp, musty smells
  • Mold and mildew growth
  • Possible sick building syndrome from poor indoor air quality
  • Rust or corrosion of the building’s framing and cladding
  • Reduced thermal performance from moist or soggy insulation

Ensure Proper Installation

Poor installation can allow gaps, tears, sloppy seams, and slits in the barrier material, causing humid air to slip through the barrier. A vapor retarder installed incorrectly cannot fulfill its mission and reduce the barrier’s effectiveness by close to half. It is, therefore, crucial to choose sturdy, durable, effective vapor retarders, especially if you live in a hot or extremely humid area. The material should also be easy to handle.

Additional Benefits of Steel Building Insulation

Lower Energy Bills – Insulation keeps your Steel Building warmer in the winter, which lowers your heating costs. In the summer, insulation keeps your steel building cooler, which eases the load on your air conditioner.

Quieter, More Comfortable Environment to Work – Insulation can actually absorb sound, reducing the unwanted noise from appliances, audio equipment and power tool sounds that are transmitted through your walls and floors.

Easy to Install – Unique pin & cap technology allows quick & easy installation

Contact Us to Insulate Your Steel Building

Vapor retarders, barriers and insulation can significantly reduce your humidity and condensation problems during extreme climates. However, be sure to install high-quality functional insulation that suits your unique needs. When properly installed, insulation that features breathable vapor retarders can lower your energy bills and also guarantee comfort and durability. You can contact Future Buildings today for more information about steel building insulation.