Cold rooms and older buildings

Many businesses operate within old buildings. With their beautiful architecture, their nooks and crannies and all their endless quirks, they can greatly add to the appeal of any catering operation. Except, that is, when winter comes. The ageing fabric of the building can be the bane of a business owner’s life during the winter months when the weather makes it more difficult to store items safely. Mould, condensation and other nasty problems rear their heads. As we head into autumn, there are steps you can take to address this.

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Mould, mould, mould

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This damp and depressing problem plagues many buildings, creating an atmosphere that feels dirty. You can paint over it multiple times or even have it professionally cleaned, and the mould will persist or eventually return. Ventilating the room won’t completely solve the problem, nor will opening windows and doors. What you need to do is insulate. The space around the connection between the ceilings and the walls is the most vulnerable, catching the hot air from inside and cold air from outside, which clash and create the condensation you loathe. Adding insulation in this area is considered the ‘ultimate’ solution to mould, but be aware that there are still some dangers.

If it gets cold enough in these rooms, frost and ice can develop too, so it’s important to keep insulated and ventilated simultaneously, but ventilation alone won’t do the trick.

Protecting stock

Storing perishables requires the absolute consistency afforded by commercial cold rooms. Modern designs such as those seen at will ensure your vulnerable stock is kept at a perfect temperature regardless of the conditions elsewhere in the building.

For the remainder of the building, there are a range of insulation options. Some businesses have even been using sheep wool to insulate their buildings.

It isn’t only the walls

Just insulating the walls of your premises is a good start, but insulating the roof will add a layer of protection and a barrier between the hot and cold air that wreaks havoc. There’s no upward limit on how much to use and it will not only mean a warmer building but also greater energy efficiency.

With careful thought and planning, you can protect your business from the dangers of mould. The key is insulation, and knowing how to use it well.


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