For improved energy efficiency and temperature control in your building, commercial roofing insulation is key.
Roofing insulation is a vital piece of every roofing system and is installed between the structural roof deck and waterproof roof membrane. To maximize energy efficiency for any type of building, Bloom Roofing's expert team has prioritized creating industry-leading commercial and industrial insulation systems.
The bigger a building is, the more it is impacted by insulation, making proper insulation incredibly important for commercial and industrial buildings. At Bloom Roofing, we have spent decades refining our insulation systems to help our clients save thousands of dollars on annual heating and cooling costs.
BLOOM'S PREFERRED INSULATION MATERIAL:
Though Bloom has experience using a variety of insulation materials, we prefer to use multiple layers of Polyisocyanurate, or Polyiso, for insulation. Polyiso is the standard for low-slope and flat-roof insulation as it provides unparalleled thermal and fire resistance. When used correctly, Polyiso will outlast your roof membrane, saving you money on your next roof replacement.
Polyiso is a closed-cell insulation, meaning when hot air meets cold air, Polyiso cannot condense in the insulation due to closed chemical bonds. If a roof is not insulated properly or a lesser material is used, condensation can form under the roof membrane. Condensation can be just the beginning of a whole slew of moisture problems such as mold (harmful to your health) and rotted out roof deck (expensive to replace). You don't want your roof deck to look like the picture in this article.
A properly insulated roof can regulate heating and cooling costs, helping owners achieve energy savings. Like the insulation in your walls, your roof’s insulation works to keep the heating and cooling you pay for inside. The better your roof’s insulation, the more energy efficient your building will be.
According to the American Chemistry Council, plastic-based materials such as Polyiso are "some of the most efficient thermal insulating products for buildings."
Another reason Bloom uses Polyiso is because of its fire resistance. According to the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association, Polyiso is the most fire-resistant insulation material available for commercial roofing:
“Among all foam plastics, polyiso possesses the highest level of inherent fire resistance due to its unique structure of strong isocyanurate chemical bonds. These bonds result in improved high temperature resistance (up to 390 degrees Fahrenheit, more than twice the temperature resistance of other building insulation foams) which in turn leads to enhanced fire resistance. In addition, because polyiso does not melt or drip when exposed to flame but rather forms a protective surface char, its fire resistance is further enhanced, especially in terms of flame spread and flashover potential.”
BLOOM’S GUIDE TO INSULATION MANAGEMENT:
SCHEDULE ROUTINE INSPECTIONS
To find potential damage before it occurs, property managers should schedule routine roof inspections to have their insulation systems thoroughly evaluated. Even small insulation or moisture issues can potentially cause building owners thousands of dollars in maintenance and repairs, making routine roof inspections a cost-saving solution.
At Bloom Roofing, all of our roofing technicians use a thorough checklist when conducting commercial roof inspections, ensuring that any damaged areas are identified and addressed. To completely prevent any moisture or mold issues, property managers should be aware of what is happening inside their building's walls. With every commercial roof inspection conducted by Bloom Roofing, we find out just that.
LOOK FOR SIGNS OF MOISTURE
Though damage may have already occurred, property managers should be diligent when it comes to identifying internal moisture or mold issues. When insulation fails to protect from moisture, not only will the building and insulation require repairs, but significant energy efficiency is lost.
Symptoms of moisture damage may include peeling wall finishes, discoloration in the walls, floors or ceilings, or pooling water on the roof surface. Though it may be too late to avoid repairs or maintenance, property managers should act immediately if they identify internal moisture issues or external drainage problems.
USE TWO LAYERS DURING INSTALLATION
Typically, Bloom’s expert roofing technicians prefer to install two layers of insulation. If warm air seeps through the insulation and reaches your roof membrane, it can create harmful condensation when it meets cool air. Because of this, we stagger the joints of the layers of polyiso insulation to reduce airflow and keep warm air in your building, saving you money on your heating and cooling bills.
Of course, every building and every roof is different, so a single layer may suffice for certain buildings. Bloom's expert team of designers and planners work hard to create unique insulation systems that work best for each individual building.
At Bloom Roofing, we recognize that a commercial roofing system is only as strong as its insulation. Though it may cost more up front, properly installed insulation will help your roof work more efficiently and for a longer period of time, saving you significant time and money in the long run.
Do you have questions about your building’s insulation? Contact Bloom Roofing today to learn more about how you can save thousands on annual energy costs with Bloom’s industry-leading commercial insulation systems.