Insulating a metal building works a bit differently than insulating buildings made from other materials such as wood or cement. To understand this further, let’s go over some basic theories.
Metal conducts temperature, that’s why you use a metal frying pan to cook with. To prohibit this transfer of temperature through the metal one needs to use radiant barrier insulation. Regular insulation (R value only) does not stop this transfer of temperature and you’re not accomplishing anything by using it without a radiant barrier.
The radiant barrier insulation we use is ¼ inch thick fiberglass core with one layer of 99% aluminum on one side and the other side is durable white scrim-reinforced facing material—this is the side that goes to the inside of your building, the side you’ll see when inside. The foil side goes to the outside (between exterior panels and frame) and will reflect 97% of the energy striking it.
As well as being EFFECTIVE, there are other advantages:
- Superior fire rating – meets all requirements for reflective insulation as required by 2000 International Building Code (IBC)
- Ease of installation – lightweight rolls
- Bird & rodent resistant
- Appearance – interior scrim side is off-white and gives the interior walls a clean, pleasant look.
Installing radiant barrier 0n your Absolute Steel building is simple – watch the video!
How To Insulate a Metal Frame Building
For detailed information on insulating your building with radiant barrier insulation as well as with other insulation types, click here.