Commercial Insulation: What to Know Before Completing Your Project

Architects and contractors can have challenges with commercial insulation building designs, because they are trying to achieve multiple goals. Some of these challenges include air sealing, acoustical performance and energy efficiency. When you’re talking about contemporary architectural designs, some of these goals can be difficult to accomplish with traditional types of insulation.

Another concern is sustainability. Commercial construction is trending toward sustainable designs and using green products that not only offer greater energy efficiency, but are affordable as well.

Acoustical insulation is increasingly important because the data shows that noise can negatively affect productivity. In fact, 71% of workers have complained about noise impacting their work.

Here we’ll take a look at some of the things you can do for your business’s building insulation, while comparing mineral glass wool with Icynene® Spray Foam insulation.

Architectural Design

Spray foam commercial insulation gives you the ability to be more flexible in your designs because spray foam can reach into areas where traditional insulation can’t. Spray foam is also the preferred choice in commercial insulation for hospitals and schools because it prevents pollutants and allergens from getting inside buildings.

Spray foam can seal air and insulate in only one step and won’t leave gaps. It insulates interior or exterior cavities, giving you greater energy efficiency in either application. At the same time, it improves the indoor air quality of the building by better controlling the air movement in and out of the structure. On exterior applications, spray foam can provide continuous insulation in commercial buildings, all while at the same time acting as the air and water-resistive barrier as well.

What is the Building Envelope?

The building envelope is a system of elements within a building structure that prevents the movement of air, heat and moisture. Spray foam can save money because it can take the place of multiple products of the building envelope system. Because spray foam can act as the insulation, air barrier, water barrier, and drainage plane, architects can eliminate the need for additional air and water barrier systems along with Rigid insulation. Spray foam can effectively perform all of those functions with a single product.

Mineral Wool vs. Spray Foam

Mineral wool is an effective insulation material and is ideally used for acoustical applications. Studies have shown that installing more mineral wool can help reduce energy costs when using it for thermal insulation. But more insulation doesn’t always translate to energy savings. Because Mineral Wool isn’t an air barrier, it can’t be the only part of the insulation and air barrier system. It has to have another product to stop the air and water penetration unlike spray foam, which performs all of these functions in a single application. The R-value of Mineral Wool is also substantially less per inch when compared to closed cell spray foam. It actually takes less spray foam to achieve even more effective results. That is one of many benefits of using spray foam.

At Superior Insulation Company, we’ll work with you to help you choose the insulation material and method that suits your project perfectly.

We offer commercial and residential insulation services. Some of our past projects include office buildings, schools, healthcare facilities, churches and factories. So when it comes to insulating your commercial property, we know how to help you achieve maximum energy efficiency without breaking your budget.

Superior Insulation Company is an ABAA (Air Barrier Association of America) Certified Insulation Contractor. Family owned and operated. Talk with us today!

Where is heat loss happening in your home?

Greatest Sources of Heat Loss in Winter

When the fall days and nights get chillier, and with winter right around the corner, now is the time when many homeowners check to make sure they’ve done everything to ensure their homes are safeguarded against heat loss and that they will keep everyone warm and cozy—as well as energy efficient.

The truth is, even if you have the best insulation already in place, there are several areas of the house that are notorious for heat loss or letting warm air escape.

Unfinished Basements

Some homeowners ignore their unfinished basement, writing it off as the coldest room in the house. But do you realize how much heat you’ll lose if there’s no insulation? If you have a concrete floor—concrete is known as a bad insulator—with cinder block walls, that’s the R-value equivalent of particle board! While it’s not energy efficient to insulate the ceiling of the basement, it is a good idea to insulate the walls. An important note: Just because you don’t feel the cold, doesn’t mean you’re not losing money by having your heat source running more often than it should.

Crawlspaces

There is the old saying that “heat rises.” However, this principle doesn’t work when it comes to crawlspaces. And here’s why: Heat always moves from warm to cold. The greater the difference in temperature, the faster the heat will move. So, for instance, if your crawlspace is thirty degrees colder than the main living areas of your house, the warm air will move faster out of your living areas. In homes without basements, if the floors are cold, that’s a sure sign that you need more—or better—insulation.

Windows

We’ve mentioned it before—there’s an approximate 10% loss of heat through windows. With doors, it can be as much as 11% heat loss. For those DIY-ers out there, gaps around windows can often be taken care of with a few good supplies at home improvement stores. Caulking and weather stripping products are quick fixes. Weather stripping materials come in rubber, vinyl, foam tape, and even metal. These products are sold by the foot or in kits.

Air-Conditioning Window Units and Other Areas

Fall is the time of year to remove air-conditioning units from windows. If you can’t remove them, it’s best to seal around them with caulk or get a window insulation blanket to be more effective.

Other culprits for heat loss include laundry ducts, vents and plumbing pipes—not always the first things homeowners think of when air is escaping from their home. Spray foam insulation, which we recommend, is excellent for getting around these tricky, hard to reach areas and expanding to close every gap.

This fall, be sure to prepare your home for the colder months ahead. If you have questions about how to insulate your home properly, keep checking our blog for more tips. When you’re ready to have insulation installed, contact the professionals at Superior Insulation Company for a consultation today.