Whether it’s cattle, sheep, pigs or poultry, the winter can herald the start of tough living conditions which can affect the health and longevity of your livestock. It is vital to consider making improvements to the general living conditions during winter months to keep livestock warm- protecting and nurturing your valuable stock.
There are a multitude of ways in which to improve the general living conditions for your livestock when winter arrives and some of these may also help to regulate the temperature in excessive summer heat. Without doubt, sheltering animals from harsh winter conditions is the first step in creating the environment in which they can thrive.
Many agricultural buildings or barns are constructed without insulation. It’s perhaps deemed an unnecessary expenditure where livestock is considered, however, the provision of good insulation can help to protect the life of the building whilst keeping the structure dry and free from degradation.
Whilst the summer time harvest may provide the bedding stock required to keep livestock warm during the winter, the addition of good insulation will ultimately help to retain the heat more effectively, reducing the intervals at which you may have to replace that bedding.
The metal, cement fibre or asbestos corrugated roofs that are so common of livestock sheds will ultimately degrade over time. This can cause damage to the panels in the form of cracks, bolt damage and the lifting of panels in high winds, all of which will contribute to the internal space becoming damp. It is not healthy for animals to sleep on wet bedding and this could inhibit the spread of disease or infection.
Even if your roof and wall panels are in good condition, there is the potential for condensation to form during winter months, particularly when the heat released from livestock rises and combines with the ingress of cold external temperatures. Condensation will not only drip on the animals and effect their comfort, it can also degrade the roof and wall panels quickly to destabilise your structure and reduce its lifespan.
Spray Foam insulation such as ThermoFoam is increasingly used in agricultural buildings as a means to protect and regulate the temperature of the internal environment whilst adding the structural integrity and protection that prolongs the life of the the roof and wall panels. Pre-manufactured insulation materials such as Rigid PIR or Fibre simply don’t perform as effectively as Spray Foam in terms of improving the structural integrity and providing the air-tight heat retention.
Spray Foam applied to corrugated panels
The corrugated nature of agricultural structures can mean that pre-manufactured insulation will not fill every void and this can also lead to air pockets where condensation may form, therefore damaging the insulation and reducing its effectiveness. Spray Foam insulation overcomes this by being spray applied directly to every inch of the substrate, filling into every void and seam to provide a seamless, air-tight adhesion that helps to prevent further degradation.
Investing in the comfort of your animals and the performance of your agricultural building can help to reduce costs, eliminate air-borne pollutants and disease whilst increasing productivity and extending the life of the building. The initial investment of insulating your building will be repaid with long term peace of mind and choosing the right Spray Foam installer for your project is essential in achieving the best possible results for you and your structure.
At ThermoFoam, we are used to insulating agricultural buildings and provide a free, no obligation survey that will help to provide the information to enable you to make the right choice.
If you are interested to find out more on how we can help you, fill out your details below and one of the team will get back to you.