How Do You Properly Insulate an Outdoor Steel Building?

Outdoor steel buildings are a great choice when you want to protect items from outdoor elements such as fire, flood, rain, and snow. When planning to add a steel building, you have to consider what materials you will use. One important building material for a steel building is insulation. It will help reduce heating costs and prevent moisture build up. The key to ensuring proper climate control is to make sure that you properly install the insulation.

The following steps outline what is involved with properly installing insulation in a metal building:

1. The first thing to do is apply double-sided tape to the frame of the building. Make sure that you place the tape where the insulation will be secured.

2. Unroll a layer of the insulation and fit it over the frame.

3. Roll out the insulation over the frame. As you unroll, lay the insulation between the frame and the sheeting.

4. Metal buildings allow more heat to flow through than wood frame buildings. Using larger steel studs and joists will help add more insulation because the space between the steel bars tends to be wider. By using wider pieces of insulation, it will effectively block the flow of air

5. Apply the sheeting over the insulation. Insert metal strapping to hold everything in place on the walls. It is important to refer to the manufacturer's manual for your specific insulation materials. If you need thicker layers of insulation to improve the warmth in the space, polyurethane foam can be used. It can be sprayed into the insulation space and then it expands to match the measurements. This allows the walls to be filled with polyurethane foam insulation without having to add thicker layers of insulation to the walls.

6. Check the insulation to make sure that some of it is hanging down.

7. Attach sheeting and tape up the seams. Place metal tape over the seams.

In cold climates, these steel framing pieces will act as a heat channel. Heat will be connected right through the steel studs to the outside. Therefore, for metal frame walls, you will need to place the insulation sheet over the outside of the wall frame between the metal framing pieces and the outer siding. Taping all seams and taping the floor and ceiling will provide a good moisture barrier.

Do not spoil your investment by permitting air and moisture to enter the building. When constructing a well-insulated building, you want to make sure that the structure is not allowing unnecessary drafts inside the building. You can check for this problem when the frame work is complete and the paneling has been attached. You just have to feel for drafts. If you sense any air, you should fix the problem before adding anymore insulation. With a little thought and planning, installing insulation in a metal building to keep warm air in and cool air out can make all the difference in the building's structural integrity.