When working with steel buildings there are a number of common steel building insulation mistakes which people often make. By learning about these various mistakes you will be able to avoid them and ensure that you are installing insulation correctly. Steel buildings are becoming more and more common, this makes learning how to insulate them even more important.
By finding out how to insulate buildings correctly you will be able to save energy and reduce your homes heating bill. Heating bills are getting more expensive all of the time. Insulation will also make your home more environmentally friendly because you will need to burn less fossil fuels.
1. Choosing the Wrong Type of Insulation
When choosing insulation for your steel building it's important to ensure that you're choosing the right type. Steel buildings are different from other types of building and so certain types of insulation will not be suitable. Most different types of insulation are suitable however the easiest type will generally be spray on insulation which can easily be sprayed onto any metal building without reducing the size of the rooms noticeably.
Loose fill blown in insulation is not normally suitable for use in steel buildings because there's no cavity to fill. Choosing rigid foam or fiberglass insulation will be suitable options.
2. Not Joining Seams
If you are using rigid foam insulation or fiberglass insulation then you will need to join the seams using tape. This only takes a few minutes to do but will dramatically improve the effectiveness of your insulation. Joining the seams now will be easy as you already have the insulation exposed. Failing to join the seams now is a very common mistake which should be avoided.
3. Being Afraid to Ask for Help
If you are not sure whether or not you will be able to complete the insulation project yourself then you will need to ask for help. Many DIYers are afraid to ask for help because they are too proud. There shouldn't be any shame in asking for help and finding out what the problem is.
4. Not Installing Enough Insulation
Insulation is fairly difficult to install because it involves removing plasterboard, fitting the insulation and then redecorating. Installing extra insulation at this time is very easy which is why it's so important to check that you are installing enough insulation. Steel buildings will conduct more heat than other building materials. This is why it's so important to choose the best insulation.
5. Not Cutting the Insulation Correctly
When working with rigid foam or fiberglass insulation it's important to spend time cutting the insulation accurately. The more accurate the insulation is cut, the more efficient the insulation will be. Any gaps will allow more heat to escape than you want. That's why it's such a good idea to measure and cut the insulation the best you possibly can.
6. Covering Vents
When installing insulation it's vital that you don't accidentally block up any of the vents. If you cover any vents then this will cause problems with condensation and moisture. ake sure that you remember where the vents are so you don't accidentally cover them.