Insulating Quonset Buildings, Metal Buildings and Steel Structures

Blanket Insulation for a SteelMaster BuildingAfter you’ve poured the foundation, raised the arches, and screwed in every bolt of your Quonset Hut, now you have to think about how you want to customize the interior of your new structure.

One of the biggest things to consider is the kind of Quonset Hut insulation that is right for your new building.

Knowing how to insulate a metal building and trying to decide which kinds of insulation options are the best fit for your project can be a daunting task. SteelMaster is here to help you make sense of it all.

Do I need insulation?

Generally, our buildings do not require insulation. They are manufactured to withstand extreme conditions in both frigid temperatures and brutally hot regions of the world.

Your decision to add an additional layer of protection inside of your building will greatly depend upon how you plan to use the structure, the climate conditions in your area and your specific needs.

Why should I insulate my steel metal building?

There are several great reasons to think about insulating your steel building. This includes reducing condensation, noise reduction, and long-term heating and cooling savings.

What should I look for when comparing different types of insulation for metal buildings?

When you’re comparing different kinds of insulation, it’s important to be mindful of the option with the highest R-Value, which is the power to prevent heat transfer, as well as its permeability, which determines how susceptible your building will be to condensation.

Why do metal buildings need insulation?

Condensation is a major problem in buildings made with steel. Insulated metal buildings are protected by a vapor barrier that reduces the amount of condensation inside of the structure.

If you live in a colder climate, insulating a metal building will protect it from condensation caused by exposure to ice and frost.

Those who live in warmer climates want to reduce the heat that caused by solar radiation. When you insulate your building, this will keep it comfortable during some of the hotter summer months.

Also, if you plan to use the building as your primary home, a hunting lodge, man cave, business, or relief shelter, insulation is absolutely necessary.

What are my options for metal building insulation?

Once you’ve decided that you need insulation, the next step is to determine which one of the steel building insulation options is right for you.

The first type of metal building insulation to consider is loose-fill. This kind of insulation for metal buildings consists of loose fibers or pellets. These fibers are then blown into building cavities with special equipment. The pellets fill corners much better than other options and they reduce air leakage. Loose fill insulation has an R-3 to R-4 value per inch. This kind of insulation is less common, but it’s a great choice for those who are interested in eco-friendly materials.

Another choice to look into is batt or blanket insulation for metal buildings. It is mineral fiber consisting of rock wool or processed fiberglass. It’s normally used in floors, ceilings and inside of walls. Customers are able to purchase it in metal building insulation rolls that are cut to fit the specific area. It comes in lengths of 4-8 feet and has an R-3 per inch value.

The final option to consider is spray-on insulation for metal buildings. This liquid form of insulation has a foaming agent and a polymer like polyurethane. It can be used on floors as well as ceilings. Like loose-fill, this kind of insulation fills every space of the Quonset Hut structure, which creates a great air barrier.

Additional considerations for insulating your metal building

When choosing the right insulation, you must also consider the facing, which is the part of the insulation that faces the inside of the building. If it is going to be left exposed, you must make sure that it is reinforced with a layer of scrim, which is fiberglass or nylon mesh. This makes it more durable and protects it from damage in the future.

Adding insulation to your building is an option that will prove to well worth the time, effort and research in the long run.