Should I Insulate My Metal Building?
Not every steel building has to have insulation. However, if you live in an area prone to temperature swings, adding insulation makes your building comfortable and suitable for year-round use.
Steel, while far more durable and damage-resistant than wood, is also a major heat conductor. In the absence of insulation, your steel building will be unable to retain heat in the winter. It will also be unable to prevent heat from penetrating its interior during the summer, which could render the space completely unusable. Adding fiberglass insulation to your building either during the construction process or afterward, through a retrofit job, creates a more comfortable and inviting interior environment. It also offers these additional major benefits.
Insulation Reduces the Formation of Condensation
Moisture and condensation can compromise your building’s structural integrity, appearance and lifespan. If you wish to prevent condensation from forming within your steel building, you need to have it maintain an interior humidity level of less than about 60%. Insulating your structure allows you to do so.
Insulation Lowers the Cost of Ownership
Many people insulate their metal buildings because of the massive energy savings it provides. If you save even $100 a month on energy costs by insulating your building, which is a highly conservative estimate, you are looking at $24,000 in savings over your building’s first 20 years.
The more energy-efficient your building is, the more you can expect to save in energy and operational costs over its lifetime. If you’re looking to enhance comfort, lower expenses, prevent condensation and extend the life of your metal building, consider adding an insulation package.