The agricultural industry’s long hours, hard work, and exposure to the extremes of Front Range weather conditions can be grueling. An insulated workshop building on your property is a great way to make work a little easier and conditions substantially more comfortable. Continue reading this blog to learn more about insulated workshop sheds and:
- How To Build an Insulated Shed
- The Benefits of Insulated Workshop Buildings
- Best Insulation for Insulated Steel Workshops
You probably picture the classic barn and silo with some cows grazing nearby when you think of agricultural buildings. But farms need more than just barns—they require reliable equipment storage, livestock shelter, and workshop areas too. An insulated steel workshop is one of the most time- and cost-efficient solutions.
Post-frame construction, also known as pole barn construction, is ideal for insulated workshop buildings. That’s because post-frame construction uses large posts that maximize interior workspace. When building a shed or workshop, you can choose from a variety of exterior farm building materials. Still, the most common and practical choice is metal or steel building panels.
Metal buildings provide great value, longevity, and durability, all essential in the agricultural sector. Another significant advantage of pole barn construction is that it doesn’t require a foundation. This substantially shortens construction times and lowers your costs.
It’s certainly possible to get by without insulating your metal building, but why would you want to? Insulated steel buildings provide several benefits for workers, and because shed insulation is a budget-friendly solution, you owe it to yourself and your staff to invest in it. Let’s take a closer look at some of the standout advantages of insulated steel workshops on farms.
In the dead of the Colorado winter, the last thing you want to do is work inside a storage shed or workshop that’s nearly as cold inside as it is outside. You and your employees can enjoy more temperate conditions and be more productive in insulated workshop buildings. Insulating boards also keep workshops cooler during the dog days of summer.
When you build an insulated shed, you have a vapor barrier that keeps high humidity and condensation from affecting the interior of your space. By avoiding damp conditions, you prevent rusting materials, mold and mildew, and musty smells.
As durable and long-lasting as metal building materials are, one of the very few drawbacks is that they don’t hold or deflect sound well. When you’re working with large farm equipment or performing extensive repairs inside, metal panels don’t prevent loud noises from affecting those nearby.
However, insulated steel workshops reduce the noise coming in and out of the building. This cuts down on distractions, problems associated with exposure to excessive noise, and better living conditions for any nearby livestock.
If your insulated workshop shed uses white or reflective insulation, it can brighten the interior, making it easier to perform equipment repairs or replacements. Dark insulation options are available if you want a darker insulated workshop building.
Building an insulated shed saves you money on energy costs. Because the interior maintains more comfortable conditions, you won’t have to invest in skyrocketing utility bills when the temperatures hit peak winter cold or summer heat. You can keep your large industrial fans and space heaters unplugged without negatively impacting workers.
The R-value measures how well insulation resists the flow of heat entering or leaving a building. The higher the R-value, the more effective an insulation material is. When you build an insulated shed, you want to maximize the conductive properties while staying on budget. For that reason, most insulated workshop buildings use fiberglass insulation. Along with providing bang for your insulation buck, fiberglass insulation is also easily installed and eco-friendly.
If you want to add an insulated workshop shed to your farm, Calahan is here to help. Our design–build approach enables you to work directly with our team of engineers and architects to create an insulated steel workshop for your specific needs. Reach out today to schedule a consultation and discuss your insulated steel workshop options.