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Pioneer Steel buildings offer great climate protection on their own, but insulation can extend the utility of your building immensely. Even buildings used solely for storage can benefit from insulation. Insulation does more than just regulate the temperature inside your building, it creates a barrier against moisture, noise, and other annoyances. If you plan to occupy your steel building, insulation is essential for your comfort and building code compliance.

Our GalvalumePlusTM steel offers protection against extreme temperatures, fire, snow, rain, and many other external elements.  Insulating your building will further help to regulate the internal temperature throughout all seasons.

Although our buildings offer superior corrosion resistance, the same cannot be said for their contents. Insulation offers a barrier against and resistance to interior condensation. Condensation occurs when the external temperature cools the structure of a building, which causes the interior moisture to change from gas to liquid on the building’s surfaces.

Moisture can come from a variety of sources, including:

  • Ambient humidity
  • Your breath
  • Organic material such as potting soil and mulch
  • Liquids that have been diluted with water

Aside from corrosion, moisture can also lead to mold growth on the contents of your building. Mold comes with its own set of hazards, from breathing problems to dry rot in wood, not to mention that everything in your building will begin to smell like mildew.

Insulation is needed if you are planning to live in your building or even use it as a detached man cave or she-shed. Although GalvalumePlus™ does offer superior protection against the elements, in the dead of winter or the dog days of summer, you will thank yourself for insulating your building. Insulated buildings are much easier to heat and cool, saving you money and effort.

Although building codes vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, there is almost invariably a section devoted to insulation of living areas against non-conditioned rooms (rooms that are not heated or cooled,) and exterior air and soil. For example, Section 9.25 of the Ontario Building Code deals with heat transfer, air leaks and condensation. Section states that “… All walls, ceilings and floors separating heated space from unheated space, the exterior air or the exterior soil shall be provided with thermal insulation in conformance with Section 12.2. to prevent moisture condensation on their room side during the winter and to ensure comfortable conditions for the occupants.” So, if you plan to live in or otherwise occupy your steel building, the building code requires that you insulate.

The good news is, our steel buildings are ready to accept many forms of insulation, from fibreglass rolls to spray on insulation. We also have insulation pins that attach to the building bolts to make the installation as simple as possible. While insulation may not be necessary for all uses of our buildings, it is something to take into consideration while planning your building’s utility.