General Contracting

IMPs on a PEMB

Crafting an energy-efficient cold storage facility or indoor farming operation takes careful planning. Choosing components with future energy savings in mind, even for an office or manufacturing facility.

That’s where Insulated Metal Panels — or IMPs — come in.

Welcome back to our blog series on insulated metal panels (IMPs) for steel building construction. In Part 1, we discussed exactly what IMPs are and their benefits in metal building systems.

Now, in Part 2, we’ll give you a better picture of what owning IMPs is like. We’ll discuss the crucial aspects of installation, maintenance, and safety features, and discover how IMPs enhance your steel construction projects in almost any industry.


Installation Process of Insulated Metal Panels for Steel Building Construction

Steel building systems are one of the most efficient construction choices. Insulated metal panels can be installed on an existing structure and should be installed by experienced craftsmen. In fact, IMP design means a skilled team can install the system, which is often interlocking, quickly, easily, and accurately.


Preparing Your Job Site and Steel Building Framing

First, we’ll clear the construction site and create a level foundation. Next, if we’re not working on an existing structure, we’ll install the structural frame that will support the weight and load-bearing capacity of the IMPs.

This isn’t an area you want to cut corners and if you have an existing building we’re upgrading, don’t worry. We’ll make sure everything is in order and capable of supporting IMPs before any work can start.

After all, safety and quality are part of The Galbraith Difference.


Insulated Metal Panel Placement in Steel Building Systems

Once the underlying structure is erected or yours prepped, our craftsmen will precisely position and securely fasten the insulated metal panels according to the manufacturer’s instructions. While installing, our team ensures proper alignment and sealing to achieve a weather-resistant building envelope.

While GALBRAITH is a Butler Builder, we do work with and install other brands of insulated metal panels. Just contact us for more information


Joint Treatment

This next step is critical: seal the joints between panels. Our technicians will apply joint sealants, which are sometimes also called “pigtail sealants” because of the swirled pattern created during application.

These sealants act as a gasket and prevent air and water infiltration and help maintain optimal energy efficiency.


Finishing Touches

Next, we’ll “button up” your project. Flashings, trims, and architectural enhancements work to provide the final layer of protection for your new wall system.

Often, clients choose components that also give their building a new or branded appearance. Insulated metal panels offer a wide range of colors and styles, and you can even pick some that look like classic stucco.


Maintenance and Upkeep of Insulated Metal Panels in Metal Building Systems

First off, your wall systems should be included in your regularly scheduled commercial building maintenance schedule.

That being said, IMP’s surprisingly low maintenance requirements bring a new level of convenience to building ownership. With just these following few steps, you can keep your strong and efficient wall system performing:


Cleaning and Repair Procedures for Insulated Metal Panels

Regularly clean the insulated metal panels in your steel building system using mild detergents and water to remove dust, dirt, or other contaminants. This removes any build-up and is a great time to also inspect the panels.

Promptly address any accidental damage or wear your maintenance team finds. Consult the manufacturer or contact experienced professionals for guidance on minor repairs, panel replacement, or resealing damaged components in steel construction.

Aside from damage from flying debris, expect very little maintenance needs from your system. They are designed for maximum performance.


Expected Lifespan of IMPs

With proper maintenance, insulated metal panels in steel construction projects can exceed 40 years in lifespan. Regular upkeep and timely repairs maximize their durability, performance, and lifespan.

It’s important to regularly inspect and repair any damage caused to your IMP system. Damage from debris is one of the most common issues and is also something you usually cannot predict or control. When your panels do need maintenance, make sure you call an experienced company to handle repairs.


Fire Ratings and Safety Features of Insulated Metal Panels

Some projects have higher fire safety concerns, and some owners just enjoy some extra peace of mind, but more and more owners are choosing IMPs more often for fire and safety reasons.

Insulated metal panels undergo rigorous testing to obtain fire ratings and certifications. These ensure their compliance with high fire safety standards and their suitability for industries like data centers or healthcare facilities. To meet these requirements, IMPs are constructed with fire-resistant materials and techniques.

They effectively contain the spread of fire, providing crucial evacuation time and minimizing property damage within your facility. That’s a big part of why we’re seeing insulated metal panels being used in such a wide variety of projects.


Why You Should Choose Insulated Metal Panels

By incorporating IMPs, you’ll create a safe, durable, and efficient steel building system. You’ll create a low-maintenance building envelope that keeps your energy bills at a minimum and your building performing for decades.

Next time, in our final installment on insulated metal panels, we’ll talk about IMP’s design flexibility and the interesting ways they help owners handle unwanted noise — from both inside and outside of their buildings.

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