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Metal Building Insulation: High R, Vapor and Radiant Barrier
  

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 Insulation For Metal Buildings - Prodex TotaI

STOPS HeatCold, Condensation and Air Transfer

INSULATION + Radiant Barrier + Vapor Barrier + Air Barrier

ALL IN ONE PRODUCT!

insulation, radiant, vapor and air barrier

8 Features of The Best Metal Building Insulation

  1. Stops Condensation 
  2. Prevents Heat Transfer
  3. Stops Air Transfer
  4. Deadens Sound of Rain and Hail
  5. Doesn't Support Rodents, Bugs or Birds
  6. Installs Easily
  7. Vapor Barrier
  8. Won't Promote Mold or Mildew 

1. Stops Condensation

insulation for metal buildings, wood framing, thumbnailIt can seem like a tropical rain forest inside an unprotected metal shed. 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. 

Protect your valuable contents from damaged caused by moisture.

condensation in metal structures

Using Prodex Total as your metal building or warehouse insulation will eliminate 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 reflective 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 reflective layer of Prodex metal warehouse insulation keeps the heat (heater) or cold (air-conditioning) inside the warehouse from getting to the metal skin. This also helps in preventing condensation.

2. Prevents Heat Transfer in and out 

  • Heat - Mid-summer sun rays hitting the metal sheeting radiates downward (inside). It makes it unbearably hot and humid inside.
  • Cold - Winter temperatures turn metal sheeting cold. The cold sheeting creates the effect of an ice box making it colder inside the building than out. This also adds to the condensation problem.

R-value is the measurement of a material's ability to stop heat transfer. If two products have the same R-value, they have the same efficiency in stopping heat transfer.

I thought I had a Higher R-value - Fiberglass Insulation Blankets Lose R-value

Once metal sheeting gets cold it creates a situation where it's colder inside the building that out. To combat this you need an insulation that doesn't lose its thermal protection when you need it most! 

The Prodex R-value is not affected by humidity. Metal building insulation blankets (fiberglass), lose R-value once damp (and it will get damp in a metal building). Once fiberglass insulation gets damp, it will stay damp. Not only will you have trapped moisture in the blanket causing rot, rust, oxidation, mold etc., the damp blanket will provide less and less R value as the moisture builds. Couple this with the fact that fiberglass insulation does not prevent radiant heat transfer (primary source of heat flow) and you can see why fiberglass insulation is not the recommended insulation for pole barns. 

Ever wonder why it's so hot and wet inside a metal shed in the summer and so cold and wet in winter? The metal skin magnifies the heat of the summer sun and frigid temperatures of the winter. Metal is a very good conductor of heat and cold. In hot weather, metal framing and sheeting rapidly radiate the sun's heat into a building. In cold weather it rapidly releases the heat out of your building. When warm air comes in contact with the cool metal sheet, condensation occurs. 

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 Total 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.

3. Stops Air Transfer 

Prodex Logo Air Barrier Featured

Air flow carries moisture that impacts the temperature and integrity of the building. Air-flow affects a building's behavior in fire (spread of toxic smoke and gasses). Air barriers also separate garages from conditioned spaces. In this case an air barrier would also serve as a "gas barrier" an obvious safety feature. Prodex Total is an air barrier.

4. Deadens Sound of Rain and Hail

The metal skin on a building can exaggerate the sound of rain and hail. Prodex Total has excellent sound deadening.

5. Doesn't Support Rodents, Bugs and Birds

Unlike fiberglass insulation, Prodex Total does not provide for the nesting of rodents, bugs and birds. Rodents, bugs and birds aren't able to digest the foil.

6. Installs Easily

It's a lot easier and less expensive to install a roll of Prodex than a bulky 6 inch roll of fiberglass. Pinching 6 inches fiberglass between the framing and sheeting is not easy. Prodex Total can be installed before or after your metal sheeting. For fastest and easiest installation, install before applying your sheeting. Installing metal building Insulation

7. Vapor Barrier

Prodex is a class 1 vapor barrier. A vapor barrier (moisture barrier) refers to any material that prevents moisture from passing through the walls or roof of a building. This material can be plastic or better yet, Prodex Total Insulation - closed cell polyethylene foam and reflective reinforced foil facing. Prodex Total Insulation (Vapor Barrier, Class 1. perm<0.1 ).

No Leak - Prodex Total Plus seals around nails and screws.

8. Won't Promote Mold Or Mildew 

resistance to mold - Prodex Total

Resistance to Growth of FUNGI

Aspergillus niger

Aspergillus avus

Aspergillus versicolor

Penicillium funiculosum

Chaetomium globosum

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Prodex Total 10M New Tag

Metal Building For Sale - Prodex Total

10M PlusR22, Thickness: 10mm (0.4") closed cell polyethylene foam covered on both sides with reinforced reflective foil.

prodex insulation cross section

 

5M PlusR17Thickness: 5mm (0.2") closed cell polyethylene foam covered on both sides with reinforced reflective foil. Included in this Group: 48 inchFast Action 48 inch72 inch24 inch, and 16 inch.

prodex insulation cross section

WHITE 5M PlusR15.3Thickness: 5mm (0.2") closed cell polyethylene foam with reflective reinforced foil on one side and plastic white finish film on the other side.

   

 

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COMPARISONS:

Fiberglass, Spray Foam and Bubble vs. PRODEX TOTAL

chart comparing Prodex Total  Metal Building Insulation

Fiberglass Loses R-value And Cracks In Metal Buildings

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). 

fiberglass torn insulation under metal roof

Take a look at the white vinyl facing the next time you're in a metal building - 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 framing. Avoid an insulation that collects moisture, attracts mold, cracks and needs to be replaced. If you insist on using fiberglass, use it in conjunction with Prodex Total, so the Prodex can keep the moisture out of the fiberglass.

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 building and your insulation must work in these conditions. 

We repeat! If fiberglass is used as metal building or pole barn insulation rather than Prodex Total, you'll have moisture issues (typically hidden behind facing), Loss of R-value (consequence of the moisture) and heat gain. 

Spray Foam Insulation Won't Stop Radiant Heat Transfer

In addition to being very expensive, spray foam insulation won't prevent radiant heat transfer (the primary source of heat-flow in and out of your metal building). Without a radiant barrier, when your roof gets hot it radiates solar-generated heat down. This often results in it being hotter in your building or house than out. It's also suggested you supplement open cell foam with a vapor barrier. Why not get the vapor barrier all in one product? 

Bubble Air Issues

     Foil Only              Single Bubble       Double Bubble    Prodex Total 5M 

Foil Only Radiant Barriersingle bubble - radiant bubble foilDouble bubble insulationProdex Total Insulation cross sections

Take a look at the photos above. Even if you didn't know anything about double bubble insulation or Prodex Total, which would you choose? The obvious choice is Prodex Total. It has a high quality core that keeps its shape when exposed to forces. Prodex Total 5M plus has a nominal thickness of 5mm (0.2"). Prodex Total 10M is 10mm (0.4"). Both are closed cell polyethylene foam covered on both sides with reflective reinforced foil facing. 

Under pressure, the Prodex micro-cells do not collapse -- With a pressure of 6 PSI Prodex compresses just 6%. When the load is relieved it takes back its initial shape. The density of the foam is between 1.25 lb/ft (sq) - 1.87/ft (sq). This gives the material real body.

Because Bubble insulation has a core composed of air rather than closed cell polyethylene foam, it lacks the long-term consistence in performance of Prodex Total.

Summary of why is Prodex Total the Best Metal Building Insulation?

Prodex Total stops cold, condensation, air and heat transfer. It's R-value not affected by humidity. It installs easily. Does not provide for nesting of birds or rodents. It seals around punctures and it doesn't promote mold or mildew! 

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Over a million orders totaling more than 4 billion square feet of insulation sold.

Prodex Total: 

  • R-unaffected by humidity
  • Prevents radiant heat transfer
  • Vapor barrier
  • Prevents condensation
  • 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. 

One solution to Cold, Heat and Condensation - You'll be warm in winter, cool in summer and dry all the time.

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Updated July 1, 2020

  

 

 

 

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