Choosing Commercial Insulation for Your Building

Your business is important to you. You want it to be successful, to have employees you can depend on, and a building where you can get work done effectively. Consequently, it is important that your Maple Grove building be all it can be to keep working conditions that will always meet all the regulations. One way to do this is with reliable commercial building insulation. After all, in many states the type of insulation used must meet a specific code of energy standard known as continuous insulation (CI).

Commercial Building Insulation

The CI grade of commercial insulation is added as part of the building process to help prevent the steel thermal shorts that can minimize the energy efficiency of a building. It can be used in any type of construction, residential or commercial, but is a must for commercial properties. However, there are various types of CI ranging from the rigid foam insulation to spray foam to three in one products and systems. Failing to have the proper amount or type of commercial insulation can result in thermal bridging (aka thermal shorts) – when heat flows through the path of least resistance such as the surface of steel and wood stud framing.

Thermal bridging can be significantly minimized through the use of continuous insulation because it moves the dew point from a wall cavity to outside the cavity thus effectively reducing the potential for condensation to form inside the wall, which will minimize – if not eliminate – the risk of mold or mildew forming within the walls.

If you find yourself needing to decide what type of CI your commercial property needs, there are several considerations to be made. Here are a few:

  • Thermal Performance – Check out aspects such as the temperature limit, melting or fusion temperature, heat capacity or storage, and the resistance to thermal shock.
  • Physical Properties – Some considerations include density or porosity, abrasion, wear and tear resistance, mechanical strength and how it performs at high temperatures.
  • Chemical Considerations – If your facility will be using any type of chemicals, then you need to know if there is any risk of reactions between the insulation chosen and those items.
  • Cost – We all have budgets in business, and the Lewis Insulation team understands needing to keep the bottom line in sight. However, don’t just choose commercial insulation based on the price for the CI, installation, maintenance and repair or replacement potential. Choose CI based on what will be best for your company’s needs.

When it comes to starting a business, there are many decisions to be made. From the type of carpet to the style of architecture, and the paint colors to the type of building insulation, the number of decisions to be made can be overwhelming. However, once the decisions are made, you will be glad that you took the time to consider each aspect and determine what was needed.

So, as you determine your building’s insulation needs, be sure to give the pros at Lewis Insulation a call. Contact Us today for commercial building insulation in Maple Grove and surrounding areas.