Steel Building insulation comes in a variety of different
options. If you are planning to heat and
cool your building it is an excellent idea to insulate it and depending on the use
a higher R-value system might work best.
The use of a higher R value system will cost more upfront but may cut
your heating costs in half. Insulation
also slows down heat transfer, reduces noise and reduces condensation in your
new steel building.
Traditional R20 Insulation with a WMP-50 Vapour Barrier.
This rolled blanket insulation is the most commonly used
insulation in steel buildings. It is
ideal for agricultural buildings and residential steel buildings. It has a white reflective vapour barrier
pre-installed on the fibreglass that is most commonly sealed with a
preinstalled tape on the tabs. This
insulation really brightens up a building and is effective for those
applications. Please confirm that R20
meets the requirements in your township as SB-10 compliance is mandatory in
Long Tab Insulation System
For the ceiling the long tab insulation system is by far one
of our favorites. Depending on the depth
of the buildings purlins you can achieve over R41. This system uses banding to hold the
insulation in place usually a layer if uncompressed R28 fibreglass insulation
with a long tab WMP-50 vapour barrier which seals over the purlins. The R28
long tab is run the same direction as the purlins. A second layer of R13 unfaced insulation is
rolled perpendicular to the purlins making sure there are no gaps to ensure
there is minimal heat loss. Steel
Energy Saver Insulation System
The energy saver insulation system is similar to the long
tab system but uses one large sheet or vapour barrier. The purlins are not visible and allows up to
R41 insulation in the walls. This system
is more costly to install but allows you to take full advantage of the high
R-value insulation system.