How Do You Fix Falling Insulation in a Metal Building?
When the insulation in your steel building is old, sagging or otherwise damaged, it has a serious impact on the building’s energy efficiency. Old, falling or damaged insulation may have rips, holes or tears where air can leak out, letting warm air outside during the colder months and cold air outside during the summertime. While this can cost you a considerable sum, poor or inadequate insulation can also cause condensation to develop, which can lead to mold growth and other health hazards or structural issues.
In other words, it is in your best interests, both financially and structurally, to repair or replace falling insulation as soon as you identify it
The Retrofit Process
Adding new insulation to an existing steel building involves a retrofit job. Retrofit insulation projects are quite common, comprising more than half of all modern insulation jobs. So, how do they work?
With a retrofit insulation job, Steel Building Insulation supplies you with pre-cut insulation rolls that are custom-fit for the spaces between your building’s purlins and girts. Those rolls have facing materials applied to the outside that serve as vapor retarders. Vapor retarders play a critical role in reducing the formation of condensation in your building, which can threaten its structural integrity and create avoidable health hazards. Vapor retarders offer notable benefits when used in most environments, but they are especially necessary in areas that are prone to high humidity.
In addition to supplying the insulation blankets, themselves, Steel Building Insulation maintains a vast inventory of accessories used in insulation installation. The retrofit process often requires the use of stick pins, InsulHold coils and banding systems, among other common accessories. Once complete, it boosts the insulation’s R-value, or its resistance to conductive heat flow, and it also gives the interior of your steel building a clean, finished look.
Other benefits of fixing falling or damaged insulation include the following:
Adding more, or improved, insulation to your metal building may lead to tax benefits and incentives.
Enhanced Lighting Efficiency
A retrofit job involves adding a bright, reflective surface to the roof and/or walls of your metal building, which lightens up its interior.
Retrofitting insulation also improves the aesthetics of the inside of your steel building by giving it a bright, clean and polished appearance.
When metal building insulation falls or sags, it hinders its performance, leading to substantially higher heating and cooling costs, among other issues. Retrofitting your building with new insulation can extend its lifespan, improve its structural integrity and, ultimately, save you a whole lot of money over the life of your building.