Maintaining warm temperatures in large spaces like warehouses can be challenging and costly. Many warehouse managers start exploring heating efficiency options as winter approaches to reduce expenses. One option to consider is applying an energy-saving thermal barrier coating to your building envelope.
What Exactly is a Thermal Barrier Coating?
A thermal barrier coating is a protective membrane applied in liquid form to building surfaces. It dries to form an airtight seal that helps regulate interior temperatures year-round. Thermal coatings work by either absorbing heat from sunlight or reflecting it away from the structure. For example:
Reflective white thermal coatings block summertime heat gain yet still allow warm winter sunlight to pass through. This balancing effect helps maintain steady, comfortable interior temperatures no matter the season.
Dark-colored thermal coatings absorb heat from solar energy in the colder months. The coating then radiates warmth indoors to raise and sustain interior temperatures throughout winter.
Unlike insulation, thermal barrier coatings can cover large areas quickly.
They are applied directly onto the building envelope using spray equipment or rollers without disrupting operations. Facility managers like using thermal coatings because they provide immediate thermal protection and energy savings across disconnected spaces like warehouses.
Four Key Benefits for Warehouses
There are several compelling reasons warehouse owners should consider installing thermal barrier coatings:
1. Reduce Heating and Cooling Energy Expenses
Properly installed thermal coatings moderate interior warehouse temperatures year-round. By keeping harsh outdoor heat and cold at bay, your facility can maintain comfort levels while running HVAC systems less often. Owners typically see a 25 percent or more drop in annual energy bills.
2. Prevent Moisture Accumulation and Corrosion
Unprotected metal panels on warehouses often attract moisture from condensation. This moisture causes corrosion, mold growth and deteriorates insulation over time. A resilient thermal barrier coating seals the building envelope to block moisture ingress. The airtight membrane protects asset integrity and health hazards.
3. Improve Working Conditions and Productivity
Maintaining warmer wintertime temperatures keeps warehouse staff comfortable and productive. Thermal coatings help supplement workspace heating systems overwhelmed by large air volumes. Steady warmth reduces health issues, injuries and lost productivity tied to cold facilities.
4. Rapid Installation With Minimal Disruption
Accessibility is a major benefit of using coatings over rigid insulation. Install crews apply protective thermal coatings directly to roofs and walls from outside the structure. This exterior process lets normal warehouse operations continue with minimal interruption. The liquid coatings also cure rapidly to offer immediate thermal protection after application.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Surface Preparation is Required Before Application?
Crews first wash surfaces with pressure to remove loose dirt, grease and chalking. Any structural issues like leaks must also be repaired beforehand to ensure proper adhesion.
How Long Should This Coating Last?
Depending on coating type and proper maintenance, thermal barrier coatings reliably last up to 30 years. Annual inspections ensure your coating maintains peak efficiency.
Want to Improve Warehouse Efficiency This Winter?
Our team of energy-efficiency experts can evaluate your warehouse and specify the optimal thermal barrier coating solution. Let us help you maximize savings and comfort this winter season. ThermaCote® serves all industries nationwide. Call or request a quote online to discuss winterizing your warehouse now.