What Causes Condensation in Metal Buildings?

Published on: Dec 30 2013 by

EcoFoil's expert answers all of your questions.If you’ve spent a lot of time in metal buildings, you’ve probably noticed some moisture on the walls, or maybe even water dripping from the ceiling. This is condensation, which happens when the air can’t hold all of the existing moisture. As the metal cools the air around it, the cooler air is less capable of holding moisture, which causes drops of water to accumulate on the walls or roofline.


High levels of interior moisture can result from various causes, including inefficient heating or cooling systems, the way in which the building was constructed, activities performed within the building, or the use of gas heaters.


condensationIn addition to being a nuisance, condensation can have many other negative effects. Over time, metal walls and hardware can rust, oxidize, and weaken, causing structural problems. The excess moisture can also compromise the effectiveness of the building’s insulation. In addition, condensation can promote the growth of mold and mildew, which can lead to a musty smell and potentially unhealthy breathing air.


metal farm building insulationThere are several steps you can take to minimize indoor humidity and prevent condensation in a metal building. Some best practices include using fans, installing ceiling vents, using a dehumidifier, and evaluating the lighting system. Most importantly, though, an energy-efficient insulation, such as EcoFoil, creates a barrier between the metal surfaces and the warm, moist air. All panels and frames must be completely covered to keep warm air from making contact with metal surfaces..


2099-double-bubble-foil-insulation-white-foil-4-x75-300-sq-ft_1_400Made from 99% pure aluminum, EcoFoil’s double bubble insulation works alone or in conjunction with traditional fiberglass and cellulose insulation. The product redirects up to 97% of radiant heat, dramatically reducing air conditioner usage. It’s also safe, virtually indestructible, and easy to install.


Understanding the causes of condensation in a metal building is the first step toward preventing unwanted problems. With proper insulation and maintenance, you can prolong the life and comfort of your building.  Read our post how to insulate a pole barn to learn more about installing double bubble insulation in metal buildings.  You can also see pictures of metal building insulation in this customer feature.    If you would like to purchase EcoFoil metal building installation visit www.ecofoil.com or call us toll free at 1-888-349-3645.


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