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Metal Building Insulation

Metal building insulation, with its high R-value, plays a crucial role in maintaining comfortable temperatures and energy efficiency within structures, especially in high-temperature environments. The R-value measures the insulation’s thermal resistance, indicating its effectiveness in preventing heat transfer. Metal building insulation with a high R-value provides excellent resistance against heat flow, helping to keep the interior space cool in hot weather conditions. This insulation acts as a reliable thermal barrier, reducing the need for excessive cooling systems and promoting energy savings. Its superior insulating properties ensure that the building remains thermally efficient, even in extreme temperatures, providing a comfortable environment for occupants while minimizing energy costs.

Metal building insulation projects have gained significant importance in the construction industry due to their ability to enhance energy efficiency, improve occupant comfort, and reduce operational costs. These projects involve the installation of specialized insulation materials designed to withstand the unique challenges posed by metal buildings. Whether it’s a large industrial facility, a commercial warehouse, or an agricultural structure, metal building insulation plays a vital role in regulating temperatures, minimizing heat transfer, and controlling condensation. These projects often require careful planning, precise measurement, and proper installation techniques to ensure optimal performance. With the right insulation materials and techniques, these projects can significantly improve the thermal performance of metal buildings, resulting in reduced energy consumption, lower HVAC costs, and a more sustainable and comfortable indoor environment. From small retrofits to large-scale installations, metal building insulation projects offer tangible benefits for both building owners and occupants, making them a worthwhile investment in the long run.

These photos are from an insulation replacement project at a commercial warehouse in Chicago, IL. The Metalguard team travels nationwide for insulation services.

Metal Building insulation install at a commercial warehouse.
The Metalguard Team installing insulation at an industrial warehouse.
After: Insulation Replacement Completed
Before: Damaged Metal Building Insulation
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Metal Building Insulation

The Metalguard team helps customers across the country with their metal building insulation needs. We have a team of skilled workers who are experienced in the specific type of insulation work you require. We use high-quality materials, follow building codes and standards, and complete the work to your satisfaction.

Importance of Metal Building Insulation

Metal building insulation is important because it provides several benefits to metal structures, such as commercial buildings, warehouses, and agricultural buildings. Here are some of the key reasons why metal building insulation is important:

  1. Energy Efficiency: Metal building insulation helps to reduce energy costs by keeping the interior of the building cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. By reducing the amount of heat that escapes through the walls and roof, insulation can help to keep the indoor temperature more consistent, which can help to reduce the need for heating and cooling.
  2. Moisture Control: Insulation helps to prevent condensation from forming on the metal surfaces, which can lead to corrosion and damage to the building over time. By controlling moisture, insulation can help to extend the life of the building and protect it from damage.
  3. Noise Reduction: Insulation can help to reduce the amount of noise that enters or leaves the building. This can be particularly important for buildings located near busy roads, airports, or industrial areas, where noise pollution can be a significant issue.
  4. Fire Resistance: Insulation can help to slow the spread of fire within the building, which can provide additional time for occupants to evacuate and for firefighters to arrive on the scene. Fire-resistant insulation can also help to reduce the risk of fire damage to the building.

Overall, metal building insulation is an important investment for anyone who wants to protect their building, reduce energy costs, and provide a comfortable and safe environment for occupants.

Metalguard has over 26 years of experience with metal buildings and insulation repairs and replacements. Check out our insulation page for more examples of our work.

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Hurricane Season Tips

Hurricane season begins June 1st! If you own a metal commercial building in an area that is prone to hurricanes or severe storms, it is essential to prepare your building for the upcoming hurricane season. Taking proactive measures to safeguard your building can prevent significant damage and ensure the safety of your employees and customers. Here are some tips for preparing a metal commercial building for hurricane season.

  1. Conduct an inspection – The first step in preparing a metal commercial building for hurricane season is to conduct a thorough inspection of the building. Check for any signs of wear and tear, such as rust or corrosion, and repair any damaged areas. Inspect the roof for loose or missing panels, and ensure that all doors and windows are in good condition and properly secured.
  2. Trim trees and shrubs – If your building is surrounded by trees or shrubs, it is important to trim them back before hurricane season. Strong winds can cause branches to break and fall, causing damage to the building or blocking access to the building. Trimming trees and shrubs can also help prevent damage to nearby power lines, reducing the risk of power outages.
  3. Secure loose items – Make sure any loose items, such as outdoor furniture or signage, are properly secured or brought inside before a storm. These items can become dangerous projectiles in high winds, causing damage to the building or injuring people.
  4. Install hurricane shutters – If your building has windows, consider installing hurricane shutters. Hurricane shutters are designed to withstand strong winds and flying debris, providing an extra layer of protection for your building and its occupants.
  5. Have a plan in place – Develop a plan for how you will respond in the event of a hurricane or severe storm. This plan should include procedures for evacuating the building, shutting down equipment, and securing any hazardous materials. Make sure all employees are familiar with the plan and know what to do in an emergency.

Preparing a metal commercial building for hurricane season requires careful planning and attention to detail. By taking the necessary precautions, you can help minimize damage to your building and keep your employees and customers safe. Metalguard can help by inspecting your building, and our experienced team can help complete any necessary repairs to your metal roof, wall panels, or drainage system.

Two Metalguard Workers on a metal roof. This roof is prepared for hurricane season.
Repairing a commercial metal building roof, including the internal gutter system. Ready for hurricane season!
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Importance of Downspout Maintenance

Metal industrial buildings are popular for their durability and low maintenance costs, but one area that requires attention is water drainage. Proper water drainage is crucial to prevent water damage and maintain the integrity of the building’s foundation. One essential component of a good drainage system for industrial buildings is the downspout.

Downspouts are vertical pipes that connect the gutter system to the ground, allowing rainwater to flow off the roof and away from the building’s foundation. They are crucial in preventing water accumulation around the base of the building, which can lead to erosion, water damage, and potentially compromise the structural integrity of the building.

When it comes to selecting the right downspouts for your industrial building, it’s important to consider the size and material of the pipe. For a large industrial building, a 12-inch diameter downspout is typically recommended to handle the increased water runoff. Additionally, the material should be chosen based on the specific needs of the building, with options such as aluminum, galvanized steel, and PVC available.

 Metal Building downspout project
The Metalguard Team installs a 12-inch diameter PVC Pipe
Downspout replacement or horizontal PVC pipe.
Lifts are used to position the replacement PVC Pipe

Another important consideration when it comes to water drainage in industrial buildings is the slope of the roof. The slope should be designed to allow water to flow towards the gutters and downspouts, and away from the building’s foundation. This is especially important in areas with high rainfall or snow accumulation.

Regular maintenance of downspouts is also important to ensure proper water drainage. Downspouts can become clogged with debris such as leaves, dirt, and bird nests, which can impede the flow of water and cause water damage. Regular inspections and cleaning of the downspouts can help prevent these issues and ensure proper water drainage.

In summary, downspouts are an essential component of a good water drainage system for metal industrial buildings. Proper selection, installation, and maintenance of downspouts can prevent water damage, protect the building’s foundation, and extend the lifespan of the building. By paying attention to these important details, you can ensure that your industrial building remains structurally sound and functional for years to come.

Metalguard has over 25 years of experience with every aspect of metal buildings. If you have questions about downspout maintenance and repair, please contact us today for a consultation.

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Downspout Replacement Project

For this project, the Metalguard team replaced old cast iron downspouts with new PVC pipe.

In large industrial buildings the transfer of water through the building to the drainage systems is just as important as having a properly functioning roof.

In this building there are 7 internal gutters that are 9,700 feet in length.  The internal PVC pipes transfer the roof water to the interior drainage system. 

These are some pictures from the project.

Above: the old cast iron pipes are cut out using a cutting torch.
Downspout Replacement: Lowering the old pipes
Above: the old pipes are safely lowered. All the old steel is recycled.
Downspout Replacement: moving the new PVC pipes into place
New Pipes are moved into place
Downspout Replacement: Lifting the new PVC pipes into place.
New pipes are moved into place:
Downspout Replacement: After photo of horizontal 12' pipe
The horizontal pipes are 12”.
Downspout Replacement: After photo of new PVC downspout
The vertical pipes are 14”.