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4 Things To Consider When Insulating Commercial Property

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

 

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Thoroughly insulating your commercial property's roof is a great way to ensure that it's comfortable and energy-efficient. However, there are other considerations that you should keep in mind before installing insulation on your roof or in any other area of the building. Here are four important things to keep in mind when insulating your commercial property:
 
Reduce the load on your cooling system.

You can reduce the load on your cooling system by insulating the roof and walls of your building. Insulating a roof will help to keep heat from being lost through convection, while insulating walls will stop heat from escaping through conduction.

The most common way to do this is with spray-on foam insulation, which comes in two main types: rigid foam and flexible foam. The rigid variety is used for sealing gaps around pipes and doorframes, while flexible varieties are more popular for insulating attics and roofs as they're easier to apply without damaging them, ensuring that your home stays warmer.
 
Improve R-value with the right insulation material.

If you're planning to insulate your commercial business, you may wonder how to improve the R-value with the right insulation materials.

There are several ways to do this, depending on your needs and budget. For example, if you want to improve the R-value of a building that's already insulated, there are two primary things you can do: add another layer or change out the existing material.

If you add another layer of insulation, this will increase its R-value and make it heavier. If you don't mind the extra weight or plan on adding on anyway, this is an excellent way to increase its R-value.

If adding another layer isn't an option for you, replacing your current insulation with something more efficient will do just as well! For example, if your building has fiberglass insulation but it's not working very well anymore (i.e., it's gotten dirty), then replacing it with cellulose would be a great solution because cellulose has a higher R-value than fiberglass does.

Consider retrofit or replacement.

When it comes to retrofitting or replacing your insulation, consider the age of your building. If your property is over 50 years old, you'll need to be especially concerned about energy efficiency and comfort. Older buildings are often less insulated than newer ones and can have inefficient heating systems that use more energy than necessary. They may also lack sufficient ventilation and air filtration systems, leading to increased moisture buildup inside the walls and mold growth because of high humidity levels from inadequate ventilation or air filtration. You’ll need to look at your roofing to see if you need to replace or repair it and how it will affect your insulation. Speaking to a contractor can help you decide on the best course of action, whether to retrofit your roof with standing seam metal roofing or replace it completely.
 
Choose an experienced contractor.

Choosing an experienced contractor is essential to ensuring the best results for your installation. An experienced contractor will understand what type of insulation is best for your project and have experience with the building.

Additionally, finding an experienced contractor means that they are familiar with the proper installation techniques and methods that can make all the difference in efficiency and longevity. The right contractor can help you choose between different types of insulation based on their knowledge and experience, and this will ensure that your investment maximizes its potential without sacrificing quality or safety.




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