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Scott Hansen    Posted 05-23-2002 at 14:11:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Had a chance today to walk right in one like Mark's, but not so wide, so I recieved a righteous understanding. Do you ever insulate these things?


ken mcdonnell    Posted 11-30-2005 at 15:23:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Put a 1/2" rigid insulation on the belly side of your roof metal. Also check out www.postprotector.com


Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-23-2002 at 20:18:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
You need to insulate the roof at least do to condinsation. When the cold air blows over the roof the metal will sweat and drip all over the area below. What a lot of companys use is a 2 inch thick 10 ft wide role across the tops of the trusses then the metal will go on top of that. You can insulate the sides but you would have to frame out a space to put it in then cover it to protect it. The roof type has a vapor barrier plastic cover to keep the fiber glass from falling apart. Mark H.


Hogman--Heres one for Ya Mark    Posted 05-24-2002 at 00:09:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
First building We put up left plenty of breathing space along the cap,one 20 door stays open most of the time. two windows on oppisite end near peak are open all the time plus a one foot opening on the Souths side between ground and bottom of siding.Should draft real good. Sweats bad,betimes is like rain forest.
Parking shed open one side and10 foot openings each end. Sweats. Hay barn bottom sealed all the way around,very small vent space along cap,shut the doors on sunny day and it's black dark inside.No insulation of any kind anywhere,about six inchs of creek rock for floor. Stays bone dry year round. Don't ask Me,I got noe idee atall...You?


Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-24-2002 at 06:20:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
That is a hard one. They told me to insulate my over hang on one I had built. The over hang was 12 X 24 and had no sides at all just open to the wind. I side that would be a waist of money. That sucker would sweat all over my truck and during the winter it woud freeze and turn to ice on the winsheild and hood. It did the same thing on the shelter I had for the horses but this time I took a foil cover 1/8 inch thick insulation cardboard and nailed it to the bottom and it quit dripping. It dosen't take much to stop it just a little "R" Factor. Mark H.


Hogman---Some do,but.......    Posted 05-23-2002 at 15:12:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
most do'nt. I have a Neighbor (well,next County over) that put up a real nice pole building to use as processing plant,insulated top,bottom and all way round.Part of My first foray into that medium is insulated and intend to do some more.But these are rooms. Main problem is dealing with 2x's flat on walls leaves very little depth to work with. You do have enough in most cases for roof insulation tho.
In that pole buildings are designed to give the most area for the least money insulation is kind of a poor option.IMHO


DeadCarp - local standard    Posted 05-23-2002 at 19:08:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Doubt if there is a real standard for pole barns, size at least. So much depends on available materials, soil types, wallet depth etc.

But around here, they use full-span trusses regardless of width or wall height, treated perimeter posts are set in mud like Mark's, trusses typically on 4 foot centers, flat 2&4s on top to screw the metal, and if they insulate, they like to shoot that foam stuff, work from a basket & don't trim it. it seals some too. but it WILL absorb water. Wouldn't use it with lotsa stock, unless three were tons of fans around.

Turkey barns use fans in winter & windows in summertime. Cowbarns use adjustable rollup curtains around the whole thing. Longevity of wood depends on moisture, and livestock & dirt floors are just like wicks.

Does that sound anything like the thinking in your area?



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