How Do You Cover Up Torn Insulation?
When intact and installed correctly, metal building insulation means major savings for building owners. It makes your steel building far more energy efficient, for starters, which leads to lower energy costs every month the building remains in operation. When that insulation is torn or damaged, though, which is often the result of a leak or a defective roof, it allows heated or cooled air to escape, moisture to seep in and condensation to develop.
In other words, rips or tears have a serious impact on insulation performance, so it is in your best interests to fix any tears or damage promptly. How might you do so?
Adding insulation to an existing metal building or repairing and updating insulation in an existing metal building is known as a retrofit job. Adding new insulation in a retrofit job helps seal and eliminate any air leaks, which boosts thermal performance and energy efficiency and leads to substantial savings on power bills.
Steel Building Insulation supplies pre-cut rolls of fiberglass insulation to install within the purlins or girts or your steel building. Once installed, you may add facing material over the outside of the insulation, which helps protect it by serving as a vapor retarder while giving the building’s interior a clean, finished look.
In addition to supplying the steel building insulation, itself, SBI also maintains an extensive inventory of accessories to use during installation and application. From stick pins and banding systems to tapes and InsulHold coils, we carry everything you need to cover up or repair torn or damaged insulation and maximize the energy efficiency of your building.
How you repair torn or falling insulation depends on whether your building has a single- or double-layer insulation system. If you have a single-layer insulation system with considerable insulation damage, it may benefit you in the long run to upgrade it to a double-layer system. This is often a cost-effective alternative to replacing the entire insulation system.
A double-insulation system is one of the best that money can buy, but even these systems can accrue damage if not installed properly. If you are experiencing tears or air leaks in a double-layer system, check to ensure that the banding system is in the correct spot (spaced, at most, about 30” apart) and move it if need be.
Rips and tears in your metal building’s insulation system hurt its performance and lead to costly problems if not remedied. Rather than purchase an entirely new system, though, consider repairing your existing one through a retrofit job and enjoy significant savings and improved thermal performance as a result.