Quonset Hut Insulation - Fixing Cold, Heat and Condensation Problems
Insulation for Steel Arch Buildings must Protect from Cold, Heat and Condensation
Prodex Total Metal Building Insulation = Insulation R-value 16 + Radiant Barrier + Vapor Barrier All in One Product. One solution to Cold, Heat and Condensation - You'll be warm in winter, cool in summer and dry all the time.
13/64 inch (approx. 3/16") - 5mm closed cell polyethylene foam covered on both sides with .0012 inch (0.03mm) aluminum foil facing.
Prodex Total Keeps Your Quonset Building Warm
Winter temperatures turn metal sheeting cold. The cold sheeting chills the inside of your building making it like an ice box - colder inside the building than out.
The Prodex Total R-value is not affected by humidity. This feature cannot be over emphasized. There will always be some humidity in a metal arch building and your insulation must work in this condition.
Radiant Heat - Mid-summer sun rays hitting the metal sheeting radiates downward (inside). It can make it unbearably hot and humid inside. The metal skin magnifies the heat of the summer and frigid temperatures of the winter. Metal is a very good conductor of heat and cold. In hot weather, metal sheeting rapidly radiate the sun's heat into a building.
Condensation - It can seem like a tropical rain forest inside an unprotected metal quonset. It's worse on those days where there is a greater contrast between temperatures at night vs. day. The morning sun hitting the cool metal sheeting will create a drip. When warm air comes in contact with the cool metal sheet, condensation occurs. A temperature difference between the outside and inside of your building creates condensation - Similar to what happens when you have a cold can of beer outside on a hot day.
Insulation In Quonset Homes and Buildings That Lose R-values Due to Moisture
Once fiberglass insulation gets wet (and it will get wet, due to condensation) it will lose R-value! Water trapped between fiberglass insulation and the exterior of a building will also cause mold, fungus growth, rust and oxidation - Conditions that will degrade the metal and shorten the service of the structure. In addition, fiberglass insulation does not prevent radiant heat transfer (the primary source of heat-flow in and outside your building).
Take a look at the white vinyl facing the next time you're in a quonset (if you can still find fiberglass in a quonset) - It will be either sagging, or sagging and flaking. This is due to the added weight of water. Behind the white vinyl is a wet, mold filled blanket that will eventually cause the white vinyl to crack and fall off. At some point, when you're exposed to the toxic fibers, you'll be forced to remove the insulation - Hopefully before it does too much damage to the metal sheeting.
Once metal sheeting gets cold it creates a situation where it's colder inside the building than out. To combat this you need an insulation that doesn't lose its thermal protection (like fiberglass) when you need it most - Cold damp conditions!
Insulation For Steel Arch Buildings That Doesn't Protect Against Radiant Heat Transfer
Like fiberglass, spray foam insulation doesn't protect against radiant heat transfer. Without a radiant barrier, when your sheeting gets hot it radiates solar-generated heat inside. This often results in it being hotter in your building than out. Since open cell foam providers suggest you supplement open cell foam with a vapor barrier. Why not get the vapor barrier, insulation and radiant barrier all in one product?
Prodex Total Quonset Hut Insulation Solves Condensation, Heat and Cold Challenges
Prodex Total Prevents Radiant Heat Transfer in Metal Buildings
Prodex reflects 97% of the radiant energy (primary source of heat flow) that strikes it - Which also protects your animals from Black Globe Effect. Prodex also reflects back the heat inside your steel building. Each unit of radiant heat energy that is reflected away from your barn in the summer, and each unit that is reflected back during the winter, means less operation of your heating and air conditioning system - Less wear and tear on your equipment - Less money you pay in utility costs. Fiberglass and spray foam insulation do not prevent radiant heat transfer.
Prodex Total Eliminates Condensation in Metal Buildings
Prodex eliminates the moisture (condensation) from forming on the metal sheeting. It does it by making the temperature of the metal sheeting on the building approximately the same on the inside as the outside. When the heat or cold from outside comes through the metal skin it hits the outside aluminum facing of Prodex and is reflected back upwards through the underside of the metal sheeting. This process keeps the metal sheeting temperature consistent on both sides. In addition, the inside layer of aluminum in Prodex reflects away the heat (heater) or cold (air-conditioning) from inside the building, from getting to the metal skin. This also helps in preventing condensation.
What Makes Prodex Total Insulation Superior to Fiberglass and Spray in Metal Quonset Buildings?
- R-value 16 unaffected by humidity
- Prevents 97% of radiant heat transfer
- Vapor barrier
- Prevents condensation
- 19dba contact noise reduction
- 90 degree Celsius (194 Fahrenheit) contact temperature rating
- UV resistance
- Does not promote mold or mildew
- Does not provide for nesting of rodents, bugs or birds
- Seals around nails (no leak)
- Made with 100% recyclable virgin raw materials.