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Insulating Steel Buildings-Errors to Steer Clear From
Properly chosen and well-installed insulation is the key to improving the function of a steel building. When it is time to apply one to your structure, be sure not to commit these mistakes to avoid costly problems later on.
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Insulating Steel Buildings-Errors to Steer Clear From

Adding insulation is one of the best means to maximize the level of comfort, improve indoor air quality, reduce moisture retention, prevent condensation, and minimize energy use in steel buildings. Unfortunately, many building owners commit errors when they insulate their steel structures, leading to a bad job that affects the efficacy of the insulation and also results to more serious and costly problems. As such, if you are planning to insulate your own structure, it pays to become informed to ensure your project will run smoothly. Here is a list of the most common mistakes people commit when insulating their steel buildings that you should avoid at all costs.

Getting the wrong type of insulation

You are probably aware that there are different kinds of insulation available in the market today, including fiberglass, foam insulation, batts and wool, and heat and vapour blockers just to name a few. Take note, however, that not all of them are suitable for steel building application, and getting the wrong one could affect the structure’s ability to resist moist.

Basically, you want to avoid using blown-in or loose-fill insulation because steel buildings do not have appropriate cavities where such types of insulation can be filled into. Instead, experts recommend that you opt for rigid foam or fiberglass insulation, as it is easy to apply and have high R-value that will help improve your steel building’s energy efficiency.

Not getting the right estimates

Whether you are using a rigid foam or fiberglass insulation, never guess how much insulation material you will need for your steel building. If you do, you might find yourself taking extra shopping trips to your local supplies stores, which is not only time consuming but is also a waste of money and energy. Instead, get the correct dimensions of the areas you need to cover and use the figures to estimate how much insulation material you will need. Since it can be difficult to get the exact quantity for the insulation material, your best bet is to tuck in a few meters to your estimate so that you will be able to anticipate small oversights.

Leaving gaps

Do not overlook small gaps or spaces when filling in your insulation, especially the sections where panels meet each other. Leaving gaps will render your insulation ineffective and will also allow air to move through, which could result to moisture retention issues. So prior to applying insulation, make sure that there are no gaps on your panels. Take a few minutes to apply a strip of tape along seams or patch small holes with caulk. Doing this simple task will ensure that both air and water leaks will not find their way inside your steel building.

Measuring and cutting insulation inaccurately

Insulation should fit perfectly in the panels of your steel building to ensure it will effectively perform its job. As such, take the time to properly measure and cut the material before installing it on the areas that require insulation. Getting the right fit will ensure proper coverage and will also prevent you from wasting material.

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