Metal buildings are truly one of the best additions you can make for your home, business, or farm property. You’re probably already familiar with metal carports and metal garages, but those only scratch the surface when it comes to the many useful metal building applications now available to you from Carport Central. Steel buildings also make for great metal barns, workshops, office spaces, commercial buildings, industrial buildings, barndominium kits, and metal building homes. Steel structures are known to be more rugged, durable, weather-resistant, pest-resistant, and fire-resistant than comparable stick builds, and they also require less maintenance.
If you’re just planning to use your metal building for outdoor storage, you may be tempted to just skip the insulation. A popular question we get is whether insulation is really necessary for a metal structure. While it’s true that traditional insulation isn’t essential for maintaining the structural integrity of a steel building, there are still benefits that come from choosing to have some type of insulation installed.
The known benefit of insulation is its ability to help stabilize and maintain the interior temperature of your building. This is especially important if you’re considering going with a metal homes approach. Since metal is a very good conductor of heat, an uninsulated metal building can leave you feeling warmer than you might like in the summer and cooler than you might prefer in the winter.
Thankfully, there’s a simple solution. Adding insulation with sufficient R-value will help mitigate the rate of heat transfer, thus keeping your building interior much more comfortable in any season.
When it comes to owning a metal building, mitigating heat transfer isn’t your only concern. It’s also important to be intentional about minimizing any potential interior condensation issues. If you’re planning to install an open-air metal carport or other open-air metal building, ambient air should be able to flow freely both above and through your roof-only structure, and interior condensation won’t be as much of a concern. But if you’re planning to enclose your metal building, then condensation is something you’ll definitely want to avoid. And here’s the good news: condensation can be effectively mitigated by choosing to install a quality vapor barrier.
No matter how you intend to use your custom metal building, it’s a good idea to include a vapor barrier, along with some type of thermal insulation if temperature moderation is also a priority for you. Here are some of the vapor barrier and insulation options we can provide for your new metal building at Carport Central:
The single bubble insulation we offer is our most economical option, and comes with an R-value of 4. Single bubble insulation is a metal-wrapped vapor barrier that’s primarily designed to prevent moisture infiltration and interior sweating from condensation.
Our double bubble insulation includes a second layer of wrapped air bubbles and delivers an R-value of 8. Double bubble is an effective vapor barrier and also offers a moderate amount of thermal insulation performance.
DripStop is different from other vapor barrier products in that it’s adhered to the metal paneling before it ever gets installed on your building. One advantage to this approach is that it can save you both time and money in onsite installation labor. The DripStop membrane is designed to trap any condensation that forms inside your building. Once the temperature rises in the morning, DripStop simply releases this moisture back into the atmosphere. The result is no interior condensation and no moisture drips. DripStop is also known to be a more durable solution than other traditional vapor barrier products.
We also offer a Prodex equivalent that’s worth your consideration. This is also different from traditional bubble wrap products, in that it’s composed of woven reflective insulation that delivers an average R-value of 16. Prodex equivalents are good at eliminating moisture and condensation issues, and also prevent 97% of radiant heat transfer. Among the vapor barriers and insulation products that we install with our steel structures at Carport Central, Prodex equivalents provide the best thermal insulation performance.
If you’re someone who’s looking to finish out your metal building for residential use, office space, or other fully climate-controlled uses, then you’ll probably want to look at some other metal building insulations as well. You’ve got lots of options available to you, including rolled insulation batts and blankets, insulated panels, and spray foam. You can even opt to partner with a local blown insulation contractor to put in some loose-fill insulation, in order to achieve maximum thermal protection for your building.
Yes, it can! Many folks naturally assume that wood-framed buildings are more energy-efficient, but that’s not necessarily the case. A well-insulated metal home, for example, can actually be up to 40% more energy-efficient than a stick-built home. Why is that? Since steel framing is more dense and compact than wood framing, you have more cavity space for packing with insulation if you choose a metal building. And more insulation inevitably means less demand on your HVAC system, thus equating to lower heating & air costs. The ability to pack in more insulation also means you’ll enjoy a higher level of external noise buffering performance.
Carport Central is always innovating in order to provide better metal building solutions for our customers. For example, we’re the first major metal building provider to offer DripStop installation on our metal paneling!
If you’re in the market for a custom steel structure, look no further than Carport Central! We can provide any type of metal building you can think of, and we deliver and install for NO extra charge in 46 US states. We also have the best financing, and RTO plans in the industry, including an attractive metal building home mortgage option.
At Carport Central, we don’t just sell metal buildings. We provide shelter for your way of life! Connect with us online, or for a faster response, just give us a call at (980) 321-9898 to speak to a friendly building specialist today!
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