A quality roofing system is vital when it comes to the efficiency and comfort of your industrial space. Most facilities maintenance crews know that selecting the right roofing materials is essential, but the right insulation can be overlooked.
Insulation helps your roof prevent heat transfer and helps maintain a more consistent temperature on your roof to prevent damage caused by temperature fluctuations. Take your time when installing a new commercial roof and ensure that you select the right type of insulation for your climate.
1. Wood Fiber
One of the most basic types of insulation that you can pair with your new commercial roof is with wood fiber board. These boards are made from organic materials like wood, cane, or vegetable fibers. The fibers are combined with binding agents to create boards that can be installed beneath your roofing materials.
Wood fiber board can be impregnated with asphalt to aid in moisture resistance for commercial buildings in wet climates. The use of wood fiber board will allow you to enjoy some of the benefits of an insulated roof without breaking the bank.
Although its name can be intimidating, polyisocyanurate insulation actually works in a fairly straightforward manner. The polyisocyanurate itself is a type of plastic insulation that is sandwiched between two sheets of industrial felt.
Once the sections of insulation are properly placed, a blowing agent is used to expand the polyisocyanurate layer and create a closed-cell insulation that has the ability to efficiently prevent heat transfer. Polyisocyanurate is one of the more efficient types of rigid insulation used by commercial roofers.
3. Extruded Polystyrene
If you are hoping to virtually eliminate heat transfer with the use of an insulation that has a high thermal resistance, then an extruded polystyrene will be your best option.
This type of insulation is blown onto the surface of your roof using a specialized nozzle. As the polymer blend within the extruded polystyrene mix comes into contact with atmospheric conditions, it expands and forms a closed-cell structure.
There are no seams when using extruded polystyrene insulation. This design reduces the number of entry points for moisture and eliminates any joints or seams where heat might be able to enter or escape your commercial space. Extruded polystyrene insulation is especially compatible with membrane roofing systems, which are popular roofing options for commercial buildings in all climates.
Use the right insulation to transform your commercial roofing into an efficient, energy-saving feature in the future.