Insulation Choices for Commercial Buildings

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Jul 27

Choosing the proper insulation for a commercial building is about more than just keeping people comfortable. In recent years, building codes continue to demand commercial spaces operate more efficiently. However, this can come with a price.

The good news is that one of the most affordable and effective solutions for making your commercial building more efficient is installing the proper insulation. When a building is properly insulated, heating and cooling systems work more effectively, and thus their energy usage drops, leading to lower power bills and an overall “greener” building.

One of the keys to maximizing your building’s efficiency is choosing the right type of insulation for your facility and budget. There are certain factors to review when comparing insulation types for your commercial building. Some commercial structures like agricultural buildings, warehouses, offices, and medical centers require different types of insulation.

Depending on the type of building and where you are located, insulation benefits may need to go beyond being energy efficient. Koala professionals can recommend insulation products that not only create a quiet and comfortable environment, but will control moisture and humidity, soundproofing, and contribute to a healthier environment.

Koala Insulation provides insulation options for all types of buildings, including:

  • Offices
  • Agricultural Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Warehouses
  • Storage Facilities
  • Schools
  • Medical Centers
  • And more

Insulation for commercial and industrial buildings include:

Fiberglass Blanket

Fiberglass blanket or batt insulation is one of the most common types of insulation. It consists of several layers of fiberglass stacked together to form a blanket, which can be installed on floors, ceilings, and walls. It is often sandwiched between thick pieces of paper or cardboard to protect it from moisture and other incursions. Batt insulation is perfect to install between studs, beams, and joists.

Fiberglass Board

Rigid board or fiberglass board is made of layers of fiberglass stacked together. However, with a fiberglass board, the layers are compressed into a stiff board instead of a pliable blanket. They are installed to provide a thermal break and eliminate drafts, significantly reducing energy costs and keep inside temperatures consistent.

Rock Wool

Rock wool insulation is made from high-density mineral wool and is most commonly used to insulate pipes and other small spaces or features that need extra insulation. It prevents heat loss, protects against fire risks, and blocks and absorbs sound.

Spray Foam

Spray foam insulation is a type of insulation that uses special equipment to spray an expanding foam substance into the space you want to be insulated.  It is a high-performance insulation that has a high R-value and can be used for a variety of applications. Spray foam is waterproof, resistant to mold, fills gaps and cracks, and stops air leaks.

Loose-Fill Insulation

Like spray foam insulation, loose-fill (blown-in) insulation is installed by using special equipment to blow the insulation into the space. However, instead of foam, loose-fill insulation uses a combination of loose recycled materials like cellulose or fiberglass to insulate the space. Blown-in is a great choice when you need insulation installed around ductwork, vents, electrical panels, and lighting. The lightweight material can fit in and around hard-to-reach areas and inside enclosed walls.

How Do I Choose Which One is Right for My Commercial Building?

If you’re looking to install insulation in a new commercial building or update an old one, the best place to start is with an evaluation from an expert. An insulation expert can inspect your facility and make recommendations for the best type of insulation to use to fit your needs and budget.

At Koala Insulation, our experts are well-versed in all kinds of attic insulation and ventilation. Our experts will arrive with state-of-the-art equipment to thoroughly inspect your building and identify any areas in need of repair or improvement. They will provide a detailed assessment of the current conditions of your space and use their years of experience to design bespoke solutions to meet your needs.

Every building is different, so your expert may suggest a combination of installation options to best protect your building against cold, heat, moisture, and other intrusions.

By hiring a Koala Insulation expert, you not only get a more efficient building that meets local codes and guidelines, but you also get to benefit from the years of energy savings that professionally installed insulation will bring. Contact us now to schedule a consultation and be on your way to reaping the energy-saving benefits.