With so many specific details to consider when you're building a commercial structure, it's easy to overlook the insulation decision as a minor consideration. Although the classic rolled type of insulation can be effective, it's important to give the decision the attention that it deserves. When considering the insulation choices, you might decide that continuous insulation is better for your structure. If your building is going to be concrete or steel core, this is certainly true. Here are a few reasons why you shouldn't underestimate the importance of your insulation choice and the use of continuous insulation.
Reducing Drafts and Leaks
One of the keys to solid, effective insulation for your building is ensuring that you get consistent, even coverage. Standard insulation choices can leave you with vulnerable areas in the building joints that can allow air to pass through, creating drafts. The climate control costs can add up over time when you're trying to compensate for things like this, and it can also make your building vulnerable to allergens and dust coming in from outside.
One of the best choices to reduce your risk of drafts in the building is continuous insulation. Since it creates a structure that resembles a wall in the cavity between the exterior and interior wall of the building, it eliminates those small gaps and spaces where air might have otherwise seeped into the building. By limiting the areas where air pockets can accumulate, it also prevents condensation from building up in the space where the insulation is. This keeps the humidity levels lower in your building, which is important for protecting business records and sensitive materials.
Limiting Physical Vulnerabilities
Rolled insulation can collapse and compress inside the wall cavity over time. This creates open pockets that may allow air to flow through the cavity and transfer heat and cold through the walls to the living or working environment. Rolled insulation is also vulnerable to moisture, which can cause mold growth in the walls.
The solid foam construction of continuous insulation isn't vulnerable to moisture or settling. The foam insulation will fill the whole wall cavity, so there won't be any moisture development. Without the presence of residual moisture, you won't have the concerns of mold growth. Additionally, the structural integrity is solid, so there's no risk of collapse or settling.
Preventing Thermal Bridging
When you choose fiberglass insulation, even the most diligent installation steps can lead to gaps and spaces in the cavity between the walls. The air pockets left behind in these gaps can cause heat to build up in that space and pass through the studs or the concrete pillars.
When the heat builds up in the studs, it can transfer that heat to the interior walls despite the insulation. This is because the studs are connected to both walls, so the heat will naturally transfer. This process is called thermal bridging, because it creates a type of bridge of heat crossing from the outside wall to the interior.
Continuous insulation is made from solid foam that will encase the studs and fill the whole space between the walls. By covering the studs or concrete pillars in insulation, it will block heat absorption and transfer, preventing thermal bridging.
Before you choose any insulation material for your commercial building, take time to talk with the builder about the advantages of continuous insulation. If you have the budget for it, you might find that your climate control costs and comfort make it a worthwhile investment. Keep in mind that continuous insulation should be installed during construction, so the sooner you ask about it, the better it will be for the planning and construction stages.
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