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Insulating Self-Storage Units Can Help Keep Tenants' Property Safe

Posted by Becky Eades

Dec 9, 2015 11:30:00 AM

When tenant's put their items into a self storage-unit, they hope that they will be able to retrieve them in full working order several months or years later. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Poorly designed storage units can expose items to moisture and temperature fluctuations, which damage them over time. Thankfully, polyurethane spray foam insulation is changing all that. By providing unbeatable levels of insulation in self-storage units, it is helping to keep tenants' items safer than ever before.


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Building a Well-Insulated Roof

When constructing a roof for a storage unit, insulation should be one of the primary considerations. A roof must have a quality layer of insulation with a high R value. This serves several purposes. First, it reduces temperature fluctuations, which can be damaging to items like plastics and electronics. Second, it keeps moisture from developing inside the unit, which protect items from molding -- one of the most common complaints among tenants who store items in self-storage units that aren't quite up to par.

Benefits of Spray Foam for Insulating Storage Unit Roofs

When it comes to choosing the insulating material for a storage unit roof, there is no better choice than polyurethane spray foam insulation. A few of its many benefits include:

  • Spray foam has the high R value required to prevent moisture accumulation inside the unit, but takes up little space.
  • Spray foam adheres to the surfaces on which is it sprayed, so it does not create gaps like traditional batt insulation. This leads to less air leakage and better temperature regulation.
  • Spray foam insulation adds support to the roof structure, which can help it resist damage during high winds and storms.

To discuss using spray foam insulation to improve your storage units, contact NCFI Polyurethanes, a leader in the spray foam industry.


Topics: R-Value, Air Quality