If you live in a warm climate, you might be worried about keeping your metal building cool. Oftentimes, metal conducts heat, so it’s important to be aware of the tools and techniques you can use to ensure that your building remains comfortable during the summer months.
Thankfully, there are plenty of measures you can take to control the climate in your metal building. From proper insulation and light paint colors to cooling add-ons on windows and doors and ventilation systems, you can prevent your metal building from being hot even during the most intense summer heat.
How Do You Control the Temperature in a Metal Building?
Metal buildings offer many benefits, including less yearly maintenance, durability, protection from natural disasters, and more. Unfortunately, many people believe that it is impossible to keep a metal building cool when they live in a warm climate. Thankfully, there are ways to have a climate-controlled metal building and ensure that you stay cool.
The best ways to control the temperature of your metal building include:
Keeping a metal building cool during the summer and warm during the winter can cost a lot if you are simply relying on heating and cooling systems. However, when you have proper insulation, you can save money on your electric bills while staying comfortable throughout the year.
When insulating your building, you should pay extra attention to your attic. Since heat comes from above, having a properly insulated attic will allow you to stay cool even when it is scorching outside. Additionally, this will help you stay warm during the winter while saving you money on heating and cooling costs.
If you have an older metal building, check the conditions of your insulation. Sometimes, it is more cost-effective to replace your insulation rather than pay extra money on your electric bill.
Using Light Paint Colors
While most people know that dark colors absorb heat from the sun and light colors reflect it, they still choose to have dark-colored roofs in a warm climate for aesthetic reasons. However, choosing a light-colored roof will assist you in staying cool during the summer if you live in a warm climate.
Having a white or light-colored roof is one of the cheapest ways to ensure that you stay cool during the summer.
Choose a Metal Roof
While this may seem counter-productive, having a metal roof system will actually assist in climate control in your metal building. For example, there are metallic-coated metal sheets or reflective resins that you can use on your metal roof that will make it easier to stay cool during the summer months.
Thankfully, Titan Steel Structures can help you design your new metal building to include a metal roof with these customizations included.
Awnings, Canopies, and Overhangs
Awnings, canopies, lean-tos, and overhangs on doors or windows can make your building stay cooler during the warm months of the year. This is especially important if you live in a state like Florida which rarely sees winter weather. By producing shade around your building with an awning or lean-to, you can reduce heat significantly. You can even go a step further by adding a lean-to on the west-facing side of your building, helping block out some of the brutal afternoon sun.
Another thing to consider is using reflective window pane glass on all of your windows. If you have a large glass sliding door, you should always use this type of glass, as a lot of heat can come in through this type of window.
Another way to control the climate of your metal building is by using landscaping. Not only will this improve the aesthetics of your building, but having bushes or trees that produce shade and block the sun’s rays can significantly lower the interior temperature of your structure. Additionally, using mulch will cool down the ground around your building, preventing heat from coming in.
Ventilation and HVAC Systems
Having proper ventilation in your metal building will improve the climate control of your structure. For example, gravity vents will allow air to cycle through your metal building without using additional electricity. This means your building will remain at a comfortable temperature at no extra cost.
Additionally, you should always have an HVAC system if you are looking to stay cool in the summer. While running an air conditioner can be costly, using an HVAC system in combination with the other techniques mentioned can lower your electric bill and allow you to remain comfortable.
Get a Quote on a Climate-Controlled Metal Building Today
If you are considering creating a new metal building, one of your main concerns might be keeping it cool during the summer. Thankfully, you can choose plenty of add-ons to ensure that your metal building is climate-controlled. Whether you want to add awnings, reflective paint coatings, specialized insulation, or an HVAC system, Titan Steel Structures can help you design your metal building in a manner that is both cost-effective and beneficial for preventing heat.
At Titan Steel Structures, we can provide you with a customized quote on a metal building that includes all of the customizations you need to stay cool during the summer. To receive your quote, contact us today.