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Why Should You Insulate Your Metal Building?

Choosing to insulate your metal building is invariably a smart move. There are a number of reasons that insulation for your metal building may be important, and there are a host of benefits that you stand to reap when opting to add an insulation upgrade. There are several types of insulation on the market from which you can choose, and Viking Steel Structures’ expert team can help you decide which meets your needs. Let’s run down a few finer details about why you need insulation and what your options are.

Purpose of Insulating Your Metal Building

Insulation is important to the temperature control of your building. It works to keep warm air inside the building during the cold months, and similarly keeps out hot air during the warm months. It also provides a barrier that prevents condensation from making its way inside your building, improving the overall interior enjoyment of your structure.

Location of Insulation for your Metal Building

All metal buildings should have some sort of insulation. At minimum, you should insulate the roof of the building. If you live in an area of the country where warm temperatures are the year-round norm, simply insulating the roof may be enough to provide condensation protection while keeping out some of the heat from the sun during warmer periods. However, if you live in a wintry area where winters can be brutal or harsh, then insulating the walls is essential to enjoying your building and getting the most out of it. This is even truer still if snow can pile against the building’s outsides, which can cause it to be overly cold inside.

Other than the actual temperature control afforded by insulation, consider that insulation also breaks the type of steel to steel contact that can (when coupled with condensation) lead to rusting and corrosion – two things you don’t want to see, ever.

Types of Metal Building Insulation

There are three types of insulation for metal buildings, including traditional rolled insulation, spray foam insulation, and insulated panels. Rolled insulation, which is also known as batting or fiberglass insulation, is a low-cost type of insulation and one alternative for metal buildings, although it is subject to deterioration over time. Spray foam is a better alternative. It has a high per-inch R-Value, so it can block out maximum cold and heat. Insulated panels are considered top-of-the-line when it comes to insulating metal buildings. Although they are a bit more expensive than the other types, insulation panels allow for an easier erection process and provide the best possible insulation for your building. With these panels in place, even during the hottest summer days, the panels inside your metal building will remain touchably cool.


The Viking Steel Structures’ team stands ready to answer any questions you may have about insulation packages and options. Reach out now to find out how our experts can help you determine which insulation is best for your specific needs.

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