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Insulation is a huge part of creating the perfect roofing solution for your commercial or industrial building. With the right insulation not only will you benefit from improved thermal efficiency and reduced energy consumption, you can also harness the best performing coverage with a roof system that lasts. But what insulation options are available for your commercial roof and which one will suit your budget and needs?
Rigid Roof Insulation Products
There are a number of product options available to provide rigid insulation for the low-slope roofing system found on many commercial and industrial buildings. During roof refurbishment, installing the insulated layers is a vital part of roof assembly and must work with the roof membrane and deck to provide a solid and safe covering. A bad choice of insulation could mean that your roof does not last as it should do, and becomes easily weathered and damaged in a short period of time.
Organic or Inorganic?
Wood fibre can be utilised as an organic insulator for commercial roof refurbishment and is already widely used in the roofing industry. Insulation board made from wood, cane or vegetable fibres has been developed to be moisture resistance as well as provide a sustainable option for eco-friendly commercial and industrial building owners. Perlite insulation on the other hand provides an inorganic alternative with limited adhesive absorption and maximum efficiency.
Gypsum board is another material that has seen some technological advances in recent years to produce a sustainable insulation product that is mould resistance, reduces noise pollution and can be applied to curved surfaces.
There are two types of polystyrene insulation available for industrial roofing – expanded and extruded. Extruded is made from a blended polymer and is available in flat boards and tapered boards to suit your roofing system. Expanded polystyrene is a closed-cell material which is available in various densities for different levels of insulation. Composite insulations also include expanded polystyrene, as well as wood fibre, and are made up of a number of layers to provide excellent thermal efficiency.
Things to Consider when Making Your Selection
Now you know what types of insulation is available for commercial and industrial roofs, it’s time to make your selection but where do you start? When selecting an appropriate material consider the strength that each variety offers and whether it is suitably weather resistant. Also, take note of any health and safety requirements that may affect your choice.
Remember not all insulation products mentioned here may be right for your roof; here at JDB Roofing we can help you make an informed decision that suits your roof system, requirements and budget.
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