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Do Metal Buildings Need Insulation?

Metal buildings provide great benefits and are used in a variety of ways. They’re perfect for industrial and agricultural purposes like storage, housing livestock, garages, plant offices, warehouses and more.

When the change of seasons approaches, many property owners and managers may wonder whether they should insulate their metal buildings.

In this blog, the experts at Installed Building Products Portland explore why metal buildings need insulation.

Advantages of Metal Building Insulation

When installed correctly by skilled, qualified insulation professionals, metal building insulation has several advantages, including:

  • Moisture control: As temperatures and humidity levels fluctuate, condensation may form on cool metal surfaces. This means damp interiors on cooler mornings. In some cases, this may result in water dripping from the ceiling. Good insulation keeps condensation under control.
  • Less heat transfer: With proper insulation, metal buildings stay warmer in winter and cooler in summer. Insulation minimizes heat transfer, making the structure’s interior temperature more stable and comfortable with less HVAC energy needed.
  • Pest control: Birds, rodents and other pests often find the exposed interior rafters and beams in metal buildings attractive for building nests. Insulation fills in crevices pests might use to access the building, helping keep pest intrusions under control.
  • Sound absorption: Metal buildings echo noise because of the high amount of hard surface area, causing noise to reverberate loudly throughout the structure in every direction. Insulation absorbs noise in the building and reduces noise coming from outside. The result? A more comfortable, quiet interior.

Best Insulation for Metal Buildings

Technician wearing yellow hard hat and face mask, blowing loose-fill insulation into an attic.

When it comes to insulation, there are many different materials and varieties to choose from. Spray foam is sometimes used in metal buildings due to the way it expands and fills in crevices, adding strength and stability.

For metal buildings, fiberglass is by far the top-recommended insulation option. Whether you choose blown-in fiberglass or fiberglass batts, fiberglass insulation is a highly efficient and cost-effective choice for metal building insulation.

Fiberglass insulation traps heat in the material and keeps it from transferring through the metal roof or walls of your structure. In the summer, the warm air won’t seep through the walls of the building, and in the winter, the warm air will stay inside.

Contact IBP Portland for Metal Building Insulation Installation in Portland, OR

From barns to garages to wood shops — and everything in between — the installation professionals at IBP Portland understand your metal building insulation requirements. Our experts have extensive training and experience handling metal building insulation challenges of all kinds.

As a member of the IBP Family of Companies, we also bring resources and expertise our competitors simply can’t match. Your metal building can be much more than just a roof and four walls.

Talk to us about ways to give your structure greater temperature and humidity control. Count on us for great value, superior work and results you can depend on.

Call 503-894-7661 to learn more about insulation services from the experts at Installed Building Products Portland in the Portland, OR, area.

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