Are you taking the right precautions to keep your metal building cool in the heat?
Summer is full of fun activities: lots of family time, cookouts, and sometimes even vacations! One thing we can always count on in the summertime is HIGH temperatures, especially in Tennessee and Kentucky! So, how you keep the temperature cool inside your metal buildings this summer? Check out this list for some handy tips!
1) Consider Your Insulation
Help control rising temperatures inside your steel building by ensuring that you are using the best insulation. Make sure your insulation is up to current building codes; this is especially necessary for older metal buildings. Once you have done this, check to see if your insulation is at the minimum recommended R-value for your area. The majority of heat is transferred through the attic, so make sure to be extra thorough in this area. Proper insulation will work wonders for temperature regulation in both the warmer and cooler months.
2) Choose a “Cool” Metal Roof
Not all metal roofing materials are created equal. Opt for a metal that is lighter in color or even one with a reflective coating. These selections absorb less sunlight, and therefore transfer less heat into your steel building. This is great energy efficient way to keep your building cooler with the added benefit of lowering your AC bill!
3) Install Awnings or Metal Canopies
The addition of overhangs to your building’s design can help reduce the amount of sunlight that is directly hitting the exterior surface. This will help keep the interior temperature of your steel building cooler. If you don’t like the appearance of awnings or other overhangs, a similar effect can be achieved by integrating protective landscaping around your steel building’s exterior. Trees and shrubs, placed correctly, can provide shade in the summer that will help keep your building cooler!
If you are in the market for a steel building of your own, you are in the right place! The talented contractors at PTL are experienced in metalwork on jobs large or small. In fact, we are even an official Butler Building® contractor. Contact us online today or give us call at our office in Clarksville, TN at 931-647-0675. We would love to help you build a metal building perfect for all of your needs!