Condensation Problems with your Metal Building? Here are some Tips You Must Read.

 

 

Metal buildings are safe from termites and rot, but excessive moisture can still damage them. This is due to condensation, which is created by damp insulation in a steel building and promotes mildew and mold growth. This makes the interior of the building smells musty and leads to asthma and allergy problems. The problem with wet insulation is that if it is in constant contact with a metal surface, it will lead to corrosion and the fasteners and panels will start collecting rust.

What causes condensation in metal buildings?

To prevent condensation in metal buildings, it is important that you learn why and how condensation takes place in metal structures. There are two main reasons for condensation to form:

1. The air must be moist

If the humidity level in the air is extremely high, it will increase the chances of condensation, because the interior of metal buildings is designed to withstand the humidity of about 30% to 50%.

2. The difference in temperature between the air and the surface

Warmer air will hold more moisture than cold air, and metal buildings in chilly weather will have very cold walls. When the warm air gets inside the building and hits the cold surface, it gets chilled and creates condensation on the metal.

However, there are different ways you can prevent condensation from occurring in metal buildings.

These include:

  • Reducing humidity inside the building, by getting proper ventilation.
  • Ensuring the air inside the building doesn’t meet with the cold metal roof and walls.

Here, at Keen’s Buildings, we want to ensure that everyone learns about the best ways to prevent condensation in metal buildings:

1. Install vapor barriers

Vapor barriers are great at protecting metal buildings from condensation. These barriers are great for keeping moisture outside the building, and the best way to work with vapor barriers is to seal the building tightly. This keeps moisture out, and vapor barriers act as radiant heat barriers, which will address humidity and temperature differential together. All side/end laps, foundation sills, doors, and windows should be sealed with vapor barriers to keep moisture out.

2. Use continuous insulation

You must get proper insulation that regulates the temperature inside the building. This keeps the interior temperature stable, whether it is day or night, and limits the amount of dew that is on the surface of metal buildings. Continuous insulation stops moisture-laden air from reach the interior of the building and therefore stops condensation from happening.

3. Look for condensation troubles up above

Make sure that the insulation underneath the roof isn’t coming in contact with the metal because this is one place where hidden condensation can take place. Moisture seeping in and roof leaks can lead to condensation because moisture buildup promotes condensation.

4. Prevent water seeping from below

Moisture can seep up from the ground as well, but you can prevent that by using drainage materials, crushed rock, or gravel under the concrete slabs. This prevents condensation around the base of the structure. You should also ensure that roof runoff water and other sources of water drain away from the metal building to prevent condensation from below.

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Help Protect Your Livestock with a Metal Barn.

 

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Farm barns have changed completely over the years, with traditional red wooden structures that used to symbolize these traditional buildings relegated to a thing of the past. Nowadays, technology and innovation have impacted the lives of people in ways they never imagined. Farmers have also benefited from modern amenities, which include the use of cutting-edge resources to construct steel buildings and structures on their farms. Metal barns have replaced traditional wooden structures, and are built from high-quality steel. The best thing about these metal structures is they can be custom-made to fit individual farming needs like sheltering livestock or storing equipment. At Keen’s Buildings, we construct high-quality metal barns, which are durable, and customized to fit the specific needs of farmers. We also offer free installation, delivery, and a 20-year warranty on all our metal barns.

Metal barns are in demand and have changed farming Most people won’t believe the impact metal barns have had on farmers, but if you look closely, they have become the industry norm. The biggest plus point of metal barns and steel structures is that they are impenetrable, can be installed and assembled quickly, are affordable, and require little maintenance. American agricultural and livestock farmers must deal with environmental hazards like storms, high winds, fire, and pests, which can destroy their barns. Metal barns are strong and durable, while they can withstand corrosion and moisture damage. They offer great value for money and solid returns on investment. You can construct agricultural metal barns in different sizes and shapes for different functions. They range from small sheds for storing straw bales and hay to large structures that shelter livestock and oversized farm equipment. Here are some of the different ways farmers have been using metal barns and steel structures on their farms:

  • Tack/animal care building
  • Tack/animal care building
  • Seed storage
  • Poultry barn/shed
  • Livestock barn
  • Insulated workshop
  • Horse barn or stable
  • Hog barn
  • Grain/feed/crop storage building
  • Farm machinery storage
  • Farm equipment shelter
  • Dairy barn
  • Beef barn

The best thing about metal barns is that they are scalable and flexible, which offers agricultural and livestock farms with a lot of options.

Reasons you should opt for metal barns for livestock

There are a lot of reasons why choosing metal barns for livestock is a great idea. We have covered some of the most important ones below:

  • Protection from Mother Nature

Metal barns and steel buildings are incredibly strong, and therefore resistant to storm damage and high-winds. They make for the perfect farm structures in places that are prone to hurricane-force winds or tornados. You can also get specially engineered metal barns to withstand storm damage.

  • Impenetrable to intruders

You must keep your livestock in a safe environment, since they are living assets, and essential to your livelihood. Metal barns are engineered and designed to provide outstanding security and safety, and you can install security systems to further protect your investments. Most metal barns have impenetrable materials used in them, and can be patched with a modern security system to prevent access to intruders, vandals, and thieves.