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Building a Walk-In Cooler

PermaTherm is known for manufacturing and constructing insulated metal panels. These insulated metal panels are used in a broad range of applications for a wide variety of purposes, and one of the more frequent uses for PermaTherm IMPs is for customized, high quality, walk in coolers in addition to low humidity and temperature controlled ambient storage. We have completed over 7,000 successful jobs throughout the cold storage industry. Because our panels are simple to clean, easy to install, and environmentally stable, they provide a tried-and-true insulated metal panel product specifically designed to maximize the efficiency of your walk-in cooler. No matter the scale of your project, we want to supply customizable panels to fit the needs of your new walk-in cooler construction.

Phermatherm Walk in Cooler

What is a Walk-In Cooler?

A walk-in cooler is often thought of as restaurant-sized refrigerator (potentially available to be constructed from a premade kit), for the purpose of keeping an artificially and typically lower temperature controlled indoor climate. However, there are diverse sizes, shapes, and facility requirements for walk in coolers, and because many coolers are quite large in terms of scale a more customized approach is needed.

The need for a walk-in cooler becomes necessary when the capabilities of a standard refrigerator aren’t enough to accommodate the expanse of a project. Most often used by the food industry, these structures are built for accommodating any product that must be kept within a specific temperature range.  

Most often coolers range from low temperature settings that are above the freezing point to temperatures in the 50’s. However, some vegetable processing facilities, fruit storage spaces, or spice rooms use higher temperatures which may be more suitable for their products longevity. 

Cold Storage and Cold Room Applications

There are many reasons that a walk-in cooler might be needed for your business. Insulated metal panels for a walk-in cooler have been used for the following applications and more.

  • Produce cleaning, prepping, and processing rooms
  • Meat, dairy, or seafood handling and storage
  • Industrial kitchens and food retail corporations
  • Supermarkets and farmer’s markets
  • Breweries, distilleries, wineries, and other beverage processors
  • Warehouse storage for lab testing and pharmaceuticals
  • Indoor hydroponic farms
  • Controlled environments for growing plants indoors
  • Indoor flower markets and clipped-stem walk-in coolers 

The application possibilities are endless, and together we can create a space that meets your exact specifications.

Walk-In Cooler Panels

Whether you are constructing a warehouse cooler or freezer, PermaTherm is equipped to provide you with a product capable of withstanding tough environmental factors. The right walk-in cooler insulation panel can make or break your future facility. Therefore, it is crucial to choose the right panel when planning for your potential cooler, freezer, warehouse, or expansion. Made with expanded polystyrene (EPS) cores, our panels assure R-values that will never deteriorate over time, as well as  the lowest cost per-inch of R-value  on the market. 

Our panels are:

  • Strong, lightweight, easy to install
  • Simple to clean and washdown
  • Customizable to fit your project
  • Made with USDA approved paint finishes
  • Energy efficient and environmentally sustainable

PermaTherm panels have been used in walk-in cooler facilities of all sizes, ranging from small applications to storage buildings longer than several football fields. Together, we can help you construct a facility that achieves optimal performance with the ability to stand up against unwanted exposure over the long-term, while remaining budget friendly. 

Food Preservation, Production, and ProcessingPermatherm Insulated Walk in Cooler Panels

For over 30 years we have been part of America’s food supply chain, spending countless hours with our customers designing, developing, and improving our products. We pride ourselves in delivering high-performance products that produce efficient and effective processing facilities  for numerous food processors around the country.

We understand the vital importance of maintaining a stable environment that ensures the health and quality of your product. As your cold goods move from warehouse to market, special care must be taken to guarantee peak freshness and flavor. 

We understand the complex construction needs that a successful food industry producer  requires. If you are a producer of dairy, meats, seafood, poultry, eggs, fruits and vegetables, or beverages we can provide you with solutions every step of the way. 

Walk-In Cooler Expansion, Additions, and Renovations

Walk-in cooler additions and expansions often require specific cooler panels and installation processes that must be customized to fit an already-existing structure.  In addition to developing new constructions, we also offer options that give you confidence in maintaining a tightly controlled environment while expanding your current facility. 

Over the recent years, it has become popular for businesses to upcycle existing structures to suit their needs instead of creating an entirely new structure from the ground up. We love the opportunity to partner modern engineering with architectural history. No matter the circumstances surrounding your addition, we can equip you with:

  • partition walls
  • expansion walls
  • walkable ceilings
  • suspended ceilings
  • underfloor insulation
  • and more!

Our job is to make sure you have access to every other product you may need for a cost-efficient and high-performance cooler renovation or expansion. 

Walk-In Cooler Installation

We believe in approaching every new project from a holistic point-of-view. In addition to manufacturing panels, we like to deliver the PermaTherm Difference, a concept that we believe sets us apart from other insulated metal panel companies. 

We provide far more than just a product. Once you place your panel order you will also receive all the accessories, crafted in our plant right alongside our panels. These elements are every bit as important as the panels themselves. We even supply the caulk (and trust us, its not just any caulk, and its critical!)

It is equally important that you or your installer understand how these elements work together to complete your project. In fact, we can help with that, too: it’s what we do! 

Walk-In Room Parts and Accessories

The following is the base trim and accessories package that is included when you purchase your panels.

  1. 16 Gauge Base Channel
  2. 26 Gauge Inside Angle
  3. 26 Gauge Outside Angle
  4. Exterior Perimeter Drip Edge Base Flashing (For exterior walls only)
  5. “Handy Foam” Foam System
  6. FSI Non-Skinning Butyl Caulk
  7. Panel Screws
  8. 10 Gauge Galvanized Splines (Exterior Walls Only)
  9. Girt Clips (Exterior Walls Only)
  10. “Peal and Seal Seam” Seal Tape
  11. Aluminum Tee-Bar (Ceiling Applications)
  12. Tee-Bar Connection Kit (Ceiling Applications)
  13. 26 Gauge Flat Batten (Ceiling Applications)
  14. Interior Wall Drip Edge Base Flashing (Grow Room Applications Only)

We are happy to accommodate any other accessories and trim items you may need outside of the base package.

Walk-In Cooler Referral Network

In addition to our products, we can also provide you with references, referrals, advice, guidance, cost estimations, and anything else needed to produce a well-developed understanding of your facility. We understand the complications involved with creating a controlled environment and our goal is to alleviate any unnecessary difficulties in the process.  

Before you begin building your new walk-in cooler let us help save you time, money, and frustration. Give us a call!706-623-0530