Industrial Building Insulation: How It Differs

industrial building insulationThere’s no doubt that you’ll have heard all about the different benefits that industrial building insulation can provide, but it’s important to note that there are several different kinds of insulation, all with different properties providing different benefits. Here’s a short guide on the differences between the different kinds of insulation.

Different Types of Industrial Building Insulation

  • Blanket Batt and Roll Insulation

Typically made from fiberglass, this kind of insulation is normally used to insulate walls, ceilings and attics and can be trimmed to fit, meaning it is versatile when it is compared to other kinds of insulation and it won’t leave gaps. Not only is it easy to fit, it can also reduce the amount of energy it takes to warm or cool your property by up to 50%. However, it should not be installed where it would come into contact with moisture, ruling it out for some properties.

  • Rigid Foam Insulation

Unlike batt insulation, rigid foam insulation is water resistant, meaning it’s unrestricted when it comes to placement. Not only that, but it comes with a high R value, meaning that this kind is amongst the best when it comes to providing effective insulation for your property. However, unlike batt insulation, it can leave gaps and needs to be taped together in an attempt to combat these gaps. It’s also susceptible to UV rays, which will damage it over time.

  • Concrete

Concrete is incredibly effective when it comes to insulating the outside world from noises that occur within it, making it perfect for properties such as factories. Not only that, but the fact it is concrete means that you won’t have to worry about termites, moisture or mold having an effect on the quality and strength of this kind of industrial building insulation. However, it’s much heavier than other kinds of insulation and can also cost more too.

  • Spray Foam

Spray foam is a great option when it comes to filling in every nook and cranny of your property. With a high R value and great ease of insulation, there’s no surprise that it’s proven to be so popular. However, it’s not a cheap option, and could lead to problems down the line. Over time, its effectiveness wanes and it can become a hazard, meaning it needs a touch-up every now and again. Not only that, but it can be messy if not done right.

  • Loose Fill Insulation

Often made from recycled newspapers and other recycled materials, this is a green option that results in less air leakage and is easily installed, whilst also being an effective insulator to boot. However, it can succumb to mold.

Pick the Right One

When it comes to industrial building insulation, as you can see there are several factors to take into account. Whether it’s sound or heat insulation you’re after, or depending on the use of the property, some will work better than others, which is why it’s important for you to do your homework properly before making your decision.

Top 5 FAQs About Industrial Building Insulation

Industrial building insulation In an age of resource depletion, global markets and climate change the stresses that have come to bear on industrial building practices are intense. No more so than when it comes to building insulation and the best way to achieve that. After all, it’s a building’s energy efficiency that will determine not only its carbon footprint but its operational cost as well. In this post we’re going to look at 5 common FAQs regarding industrial building insulation.

Industrial Building Insulation: Common Questions

Let’s get right into it shall we?

  1. Can the facing of my insulation be painted? – Sure. You can paint the facing of your insulation, but why would you want to? In order to maximize the effectiveness of your insulation it should be sealed within the wall, not used as a finish element. Spend a few dollars more and get both a more appealing building and a higher degree of effectiveness from your insulation. Keep in mind too that painting the face may undermine its fire rating.
  1. Does fiberglass insulation get ruined if it gets wet? – If wet fiberglass insulation is allowed to fully dry and recover its thickness it’s possible it may recover its R-value. It is however, devilishly difficult to determine if the insulation has dried completely and, if there were contaminants in the water, these may also undermine the ability of the fiberglass to recover its R-value. As a general rule, fiberglass insulation that got wet during a flood should be replaced.
  1. What do I need to consider before insulating a metal building? – If your building is in a particularly damp location fiberglass may not be your best choice. The purpose of the building will also drive insulation considerations. If the building is occupied you’ll need plenty of first class insulation. If it’s just used to store construction equipment you can cut back on the insulation a bit.
  1. How should insulation materials be stored before using? – Leaving insulation lying around the jobsite while other processes are completed is never a great idea. Still, it happens. If it happens on your jobsite it’s essential that the insulation materials be stored in a safe, dry place. You should also avoid storing insulation directly on the ground or moving it too often since it can be compromised by repeated moving.
  1. What are metal insulated panels? – Until recently SOPs called for constructing a building’s shell and then filling that shell with insulation. Metal insulated panels however, allow you to eliminate several steps in the construction of your metal building, including having to add industrial building insulation after the fact. With metal insulated panels you simply lock them together using the groove joints and the assembled sections create a fully insulated, airtight envelope.

Industrial building insulation is one of the most important considerations you’ll need to weigh when planning your new building. When you use metal insulated panels from Eco-Insulated Panel Manufacturing solutions to complex issues of industrial insulation have already been engineered directly into the panels saving you time and money.