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Insulating a pole building
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michele gorse    Posted 06-23-2004 at 05:26:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]

We recently built a 30 x 40 x 12 pole barn with metal sides
and roof with a cement floor. It will be used for a shop and
storage. We live in northern Ohio where heating is more
important than cooling. The builders put 1/2" insulation
(foam-stuff) under the roof so it would not drip from

We will probably use a natural gas tube-heater
and a wood stove as we have plenty of wood. I would like to
know how others have insulated their buildings. There
seems to be many choices from fiberglass to cellulose to
radiant barriers.


deadcarp    Posted 06-23-2004 at 09:01:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
The best (and probably most expensive) is that modern spray-on inslation. It goes right on whatever's there and sticks tenaciously to anything i've found. Swells up as soon as it goes on, has the highest T-value you can get & absolutely seals even leaky roofs and prevents condensation by eliminating a void at the warmer side (think about sweat on a drink glass - it always forms on the warm side). Bad part is - it needs a special applicator rig that mixes the 2 parts (activator) right at the nozzle, and like most insulation it's flammable. Lotsa new construction contractors are using it.
If you're sure the roof's sound, another cheaper option for extra insulation is: Just add a dropped ceiling (T-bar will do) and slide fiberglas batts on top of the drop-in panels. We did that in our living room. (thus creating a mid-range buffer between us and the 30 below attic) In Minnesota you need every edge you can get. Whatever you use, avoid trapping moisture. :)

Bob/Ont    Posted 06-23-2004 at 10:00:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
You know DC you should do what Toolman and me do when putting the plastic storm windows on. Cover the glass on the north and west ones with fiberglass batts then staple the plastic over them. It keeps the cold winds out.
Later Bob

Rickstir    Posted 06-23-2004 at 07:04:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm putting starfoam panels in my shop which is nearing completion. 1 1/2 thick panels will fill the void between the 2x4 cross members. I plan to cover the interior walls in peck board and plywood.

Bob/Ont    Posted 06-23-2004 at 05:58:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Michele, That's the size of my garage, it's got 8X8 columns and roof trusses. I added a few 2X4's to the ones already there to mount the sheet metal to, and filler it with fiberglass. Then covered that with 1/2" plywood. I also filled in most of the ceiling with plywood too for storage. I cut and notched the plywood to fit on top of the ceiling joists of the trusses and it makes the building strong, really ties the ends in.
Later Bob

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