Choosing The Right Insulation System For Prefabricated Metal Buildings and Pole Barns

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Insulation is needed in all metal buildings. When the right kind of insulation is used and when it’s installed correctly, it’s nothing but beneficial to the owner of that building.

Prefabricated metal buildings and pole barns especially need insulation added. These types of buildings are manufactured in patterned parts or sections beforehand and made for quick assembly. Because these buildings are constructed to be built as fast as possible, there can sometimes be problems if the right insulation isn’t used or installed properly or if it’s not installed at all.

Building owners can see problems with heat escaping through purlins in the winter and then heat entering through the purlins in the summer. Some prefabricated metal buildings use certain insulation and installation methods that compress the insulation, which usually leads to condensation and a shortened roof life. No metal building owner wants to have any of these issues.

CMI can help metal building owners steer clear of these problems with their Retrofit insulation system. This system is simple to use, requiring only one person to install the insulation instead of a whole crew, which saves you money on labor. CMI uses formaldehyde free fiberglass insulation that’s laminated with a smooth, heavy-duty facing. The insulation is rolled up and then rolled out between the purlins where only one person is needed to securely fasten the purlin clips, which keeps the insulation in place. This Retrofit system is easy to install and easy on your wallet.

Adding insulation to your metal building or pole barn is the best thing you can do for your building and for yourself. It’s going to save you money in energy costs, prevent condensation in your metal building and give you a more comfortable work environment that will increase productivity. Choosing CMI and their Retrofit system is the best choice you can make for your prefabricated metal building or pole barn.

Insulation Systems That Provide OSHA Fall Protection For Metal Building Erectors

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Falls are one of the most common causes of work-related injuries and death. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, falls are the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry.

OSHA is a federal agency whose job is enforcing safety and health legislation. To comply with the laws OSHA enforces, CMI offers two insulation systems that provide OSHA fall protection for metal building erectors.

Simple Saver is a system for roofs and walls that provides low U-values and emissivity levels. This system is OSHA Compliant and a patented fall arrest system that’s made to be durable for job site safety. The Simple Saver roof liner system supports the insulation permanently, withstands the severities during the installation process and provides individuals working below with protection from falling objects. All of this limits the liability of contractors, designers and owners.

Our other system is Sky-Web II. This is a fall protection and insulation support system. It’s a weightless, economical mesh system that provides fall protection during construction and keeps working as an insulation support system even after the job is completed. This roofing system is basically an invisible support system that CMI custom makes to fit the building it’s going to. We also ship it with all of the required hardware to ensure a quick, simple installation.

CMI cares about its customers and their safety, which is why we offer insulation systems that provide OSHA fall protection. Contact us today to learn more about these insulation systems or to see how we can help you out with your insulation needs.

Everything You Need To Know About The 2012 IECC Commercial Energy Code

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Every three years the International Code Council releases a revised version of the International Energy Conservation Code. The latest energy code was given in 2012, and some feel that this one is stricter for metal buildings, at least in certain categories, than the one from 2009.

Although the ICC released this code two years ago, only a small handful of states have adopted it so far. Below is a list of those states:

  • Effective Statewide
    • Illinois
    • Maryland
    • Massachusetts
    • Rhode Island
    • Utah
    • Washington
  • Statewide Adoptions With Limitations
    • Colorado
    • Missouri
    • North Dakota

The basic overview is that the 2012 code requires more insulation, better windows, more efficient lighting, and a tighter envelope and ducts. There are specific requirements for metal buildings, and requirements vary according to the climate zone you’re in. The U.S. Department of Energy has divided the U.S. and its territories up into eight climate zones.


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When it comes to insulation, identification must be clearly marked. The insulating materials have to be installed so that the manufacturer’s R-value is noticeably visible upon inspection. The manufacturer has to put an R-value identification mark on each piece of building thermal envelope insulation whose width is 12 in. or greater.

As for a metal building’s roof R-value, R-5 thermal blocks are required or the U-factor Compliance Method must be used. Two layers of insulation are also mandatory. Another interesting note about R-values is that they have increased for most climate zones in relation to above-grade walls, ceilings, basement walls and crawl spaces. Specifically with wall insulation, the requirements for climate zones 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8 are now more stringent, and for the first time, builders in zones 6, 7 and 8 are required to install exterior rigid foam insulation or use another similar wall insulation strategy. The listed code requirements for R-values are only the minimum requirements.

No matter what climate zone you’re in, if you use heated slabs, insulation is required along with them. All climate zones also require builders to perform duct tightness testing and a blower-door test. Additionally, they must comply with two checklist requirements for better air tightness in their buildings.

To know if your insulation package is going to pass the 2012 code requirements, there are a few things to check. First, look and see if your state has even adopted the new code. If it has, then find out what climate zone you’re in. Once you know those two things, then you can look up the minimum requirements for insulation R-values and the installation process.

If you need help making sure your metal building and its insulation package meets the code requirements, CMI is the company to use. We offer free COMcheck certification for all metal buildings, and we also structure our insulation systems so that each passes the energy code requirements. Contact CMI today to use one of our insulation packages or to take advantage of our free COMcheck certification.

Perforated Vinyl Vapor Barrier For Residential Basement Wall Applications

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Basements are known to be one of the coldest areas of a house. They account for about 20 percent of a home’s total heat loss. Many residential basements are concrete, concrete block or stone, which have very little insulating value and are why basements are cooler than other rooms.

Because basements are cooler areas, they tend to attract moisture more. Various problems occur because of moisture buildup through your basement walls, including damage to your home and health issues for those living there.

This is why you need good insulation that’s installed properly. CMI recommends using fiberglass insulation for residential basements. Their insulations are usually installed with a facing material that’s laminated to the surfaces, and this facing provides vapor retarder protection and defends insulation from condensation.

Properly installed insulation and vapor barriers prevent many problems that can happen and affect your home and anyone inside. Vapor barriers keep moisture from condensating against the exterior wall surfaces

The effectiveness of vapor barriers depends primarily on three factors: location within the insulated selection, permeance and proper installation. Vinyl facing material has a 1.0 permeance rating. Materials with a 1.0 perm rating or lower are considered sufficient vapor retarders

CMI can also provide perforated vapor barrier facings.  Obviously, perforating the vapor barrier seams counter intuitive.  However, some circumstances are such that perforating the vapor barrier helps a moisture wicking foundation breathe better without exposing the fiberglass blanket to the interior of a living space.

When you use CMI’s insulation with perforated vinyl vapor barriers, you prevent moisture from being trapped between your basement wall foundation and the insulation, avoid certain health issues that occur from moisture buildup and save money on heating bills. All of these reasons are why you should choose CMI for your residential basement insulation needs.

Free COMcheck Certification for Metal Building Envelope

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Metal buildings are everywhere, and that’s because they serve so many purposes. They can be used for commercial, industrial, recreational and institutional purposes to name a few. In fact, metal buildings consist of more than 40 percent of the low-rise nonresidential construction category.

CMI specializes in insulating metal buildings. Not only do we provide the best insulation for our clients, we also offer free COMcheck certification assistance for metal building envelope.

COMcheck, which stands for commercial check, is the energy code compliance software provided by the United States Department of Energy to assist contractors in becoming compliant to current energy codes.  Local building inspectors typically require a COMcheck compliance certificate before allowing occupancy in a building.  If your building complies with the building energy laws and codes for your state, as well as the IECC and ASHRAE, then you receive our certification.

Fiberglass insulation is a cost-effective and energy-efficient envelope material for metal buildings. It is also a very popular material to use because this type of insulation is designed specifically for metal buildings.

COMcheck requirements vary depending on the purpose of the building and the climate zone where the building will be built. Considering the variety of building components and insulation systems available for metal buildings, not just any insulation system will pass energy code requirements. CMI helps owners and contractors put together insulation systems that will pass energy code requirements in accord with the COMcheck software available through the department of energy.

CMI does this certification for anyone constructing a metal building, and we make sure to always stay aware of new regulations and any energy code changes so that we provide an effective inspection and service for you.

If you’re looking for a company that’s superior in the insulation business and that specializes in working with metal buildings, contact CMI today for more information on how we can help you with your insulation job or receive a free COMcheck certification.

Benefits of Investing In Our Skyrail System

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skyrail systemIf you’re someone who has a roofing repair or construction project on a minimally sloped roof, then you should be using CMI’s Skyrail system.

This system helps for whatever your roofing project might be and is more beneficial toward your project than any other method out there.

First off, this roof sheet moving system improves roof sheet productivity. Normal roof repair and construction requires a lot of time to move equipment along the roofline. Typically construction crews rely on manpower to keep the materials distributed to the leading edge instead of having them work on installing the roof with the rest of the crew. This makes the roofing project take longer than necessary. With the Skyrail system, these crews no longer have to waste time and manpower on people carrying and distributing roof sheets themselves because they now have a set of trolleys and rails that holds the materials and moves with them along the roof.  Each trolley is capable of holding up to 1,000 lbs. of materials.

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It’s also an easy to use and cost-effective option. Don’t think you’re wasting your money in purchasing this system because it will almost pay for itself in labor savings within the first few uses. The Skyrail roof sheet moving system, will cut any installation time in half.

Here at CMI, we put the customer’s needs first, which is why our products are made to benefit each and every one of our customers and their projects. Contact us today to see how our Skyrail system can help with your roofing project or to receive your free quote.

Why Do We Take the Time To Pre-Cut and Individually Roll Each Piece of Insulation?

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At CMI Insulation, our motto is “Always imagining we’re the customer.” Everything we do is based on imagining we are the customer so we can provide the best products and service. This is one reason why CMI is the only place to buy insulation systems for your metal buildings and pole barns.

We know the importance of your insulation needs, which is why we pre-cut and individually roll each piece of our insulation. We provide these services because it’s beneficial to you, the customer, and considerably better than the alternative option

Other companies that don’t offer these services make you go the route of field cutting. This process requires an installation team to cut your product on site. Field cutting increases installation labor time and costs, and it’s also wasteful and messier.

When your insulation rolls aren’t pre-cut and individually wrapped, your installation process ends up taking more time and costing you more money. The installation team has to cut each roll to make it fit for you on the spot before they begin installing, requiring them to do more work that then forces you to pay them more.

An additional reason we pre-cut and individually roll our insulation for our customers is so you don’t have to deal with a messier situation than necessary. Most construction sites are a dirty, muddy mess, which means your new white facing will become dull and unappealing when it has to be cut on site. You also don’t have to deal with all the leftover waste of the unused insulation with us.

At CMI Insulation, we provide the best service and products to save you time and money, which is why we take the time to pre-cut and individually roll each piece of insulation for each customer.

Why Do We Use Johns Manville Formaldehyde Free Insulation?

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Formaldehyde is a colorless gas that has a very distinct smell. It’s most likely used in several products in your house, such as cabinets and furniture. When used with these products, it’s given off as a gas that mixes with the air. This means you’re exposed to it when you breathe and some absorption also happens through your skin.

There are health concerns associated with formaldehyde exposure. Depending on sensitivity and the amount of exposure, people have experienced symptoms like skin irritation, sore throat, nosebleeds and asthma. It can also cause air quality issues like air pollution.

Because of these concerns, CMI uses formaldehyde free insulation for metal buildings and pole barns.

We use Johns Manville because it supports a safer, healthier environment indoors and outdoors, which is what we want for our customers.

Another way formaldehyde free insulation makes your homes and buildings better places to be in is being odor free. This way you and your family can breathe in and smell the difference.

CMI also uses Johns Manville formaldehyde free insulation because it’s better to work with. If formaldehyde is used, microscopic strands of fiberglass become stiff and brittle, and as the fibers move or bend they shatter, which sends those tiny glass fibers into the air causing you to have skin and respiratory sensitivity. So because we don’t use formaldehyde, there’s flexibility in our insulation fibers and you don’t have to deal with the frustration of sneezing from dust or having itchy, irritated skin.

While other insulation companies use formaldehyde to make their blanket insulation, CMI chooses not to. We like working with materials that are good for our customers and us, and that’s why we use Johns Manville formaldehyde free insulation.

Will Fiberglass Insulation Lose R-value When It’s Compressed During Installation?

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Fiberglass insulation, when properly installed, doesn’t move or settle so it maintains its R-value and does so for a long time. But when fiberglass insulation is compressed during installation, it loses its R-value.

R-value is important because it’s what insulation is identified and labeled by. If you have a 2×4 wall, then you buy insulation that’s listed for a 2×4 wall. If you buy insulation that’s listed for a 2×6 wall, then you’d have to cram it into your 2×4 wall. This may not seem like a big problem, but it is.

Fiberglass insulation needs some airflow in order to work correctly. Tiny air pockets inside the insulation basically trap air between the fibers and are what make the fiberglass insulation R-value effective. Compressing fiberglass insulation is counterproductive. It means you’re squeezing all the air out of it, and it needs that air in order to work how it’s made to work.

Something else you have to watch out for are gaps and holes. If there are any gaps or holes due to compression, then it’ll lose R-value. Let’s say you have a 5 percent insulation gap. That doesn’t seem so bad, right? Well actually it is because it means you can have up to a 25 percent drop in your R-value.

Here are the main issues with buying fiberglass insulation and then compressing it: you’re going to be paying more money and putting in more work but not receiving a greater benefit, and if you compress it too tightly then you can damage the area you’re using it for. None of which you want to deal with.

In order to make sure you’re getting the full R-value during pre-
installation and post-installation, you need to buy the correct size, make sure there are no gaps or holes and under no circumstances compress the fiberglass insulation. Do these things and you’ll receive the benefits guaranteed by your fiberglass insulation and its R-value.

What Is The Cheapest Way To Insulate A Pole Barn?

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Insulation is all about regulating the temperature inside the pole barn. To know what type of insulation you will need, you have to look at your location and what the purpose of your barn is.

If you are in the lower half of the United States, you might be more concerned with keeping heat and moisture out so that equipment won’t rust. In the upper States, the goal will be to keep heat in so that equipment and people can use the barn.

There are various ways to insulate your pole barn. Many people will consider fiberglass insulation since it’s already being used quite often. This insulation is a man-made and is easy and quick to install. It is easy to cut, but making any adjustments with cuts or compressing will make it less effective and provide little resistance to the airflow. Fiberglass can cost up to $1 per square foot depending on the R-value and the thermal resistance one is looking for.

Another option is to use spray foam insulation. The cost of this insulation is much higher than traditional insulation. The installation of spray foam is also more expensive than other insulators because of the chemicals involved as well as the problems associated with a poor installation (which can bring the entire barn down. While the cost of spray foam insulation will vary, it can cost up to $2 per square foot, one inch thick.

Foil insulation or reflective insulation is another type of insulation that is cost-effective. The goal of this insulation is as the name says to reflect the heat away. The aluminum foil is usually attached to some material or there will be two layers of foil with foam or plastic bubbles in the middle. This insulation will reduce heat flow. This type of insulation is great in the summer, but in extreme cold conditions needs to be paired with other insulation.

The choice of insulation is dependent on your locale and the weather conditions that will exist. Make sure to obtain quotes from local vendors and compare insulations to find the best deal for what you need.

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