Pole Barn Insulation

What Is Pole Barn Insulation?

Rockford Insulation Pros provides pole barn insulation services to new construction and retro-fits existing structures. Proper insulation keeps your livestock warm in winter and cooler in summer while preventing any condensation or moisture problems. Insulation eliminates the two most prevalent problems in pole barns: extreme temperatures and high moisture levels.

Why Insulate Your Pole Barn?

Insulating a pole barn with spray foam adds strength to the walls and ceiling of the structure by hardening to the building materials. The structural integrity of the pole barn is improved after spray foam insulation is added.

Adding insulation to a pole barn protects livestock from freezing in the winter and overheating or becoming dehydrated in the summer. Keeping the animals comfortable promotes better health an prevents sickness and disease.

After insulation is added to a pole barn, a steady temperature can be maintained which prevents condensation, mildew and mold.

While some pole barns may be primarily used for livestock, it is important to keep the human caretakers comfortable too. Proper insulation stops drafts, allows a climate controlled workspace, and protects the health of the inhabitants.

Benefits Of Pole Barn Insulation

Insulating a pole barn offers many benefits to livestock, people, and items stored inside. Pole barn insulation is crucial in preventing condensation within the structure. Condensation is created when warmer air from outside the pole barn makes contact with cooler surfaces on the inside. The constant build up of moisture within a pole barn can create mold and mildew, leading to health problems for livestock and people. Proper pole barn insulation is a key component in protecting the health of the inhabitants.

Installing an air barrier along with insulation prevents drafts, deters pests and stops the transfer of heat. Adding insulation in conjunction with an air barrier blocks heat transfer from outside elements to the interior of the pole barn, creating a stable temperature year round. Blocking cracks and gaps with an air barrier prevents pollutants, pollens, allergens, pests, and dirt from entering the pole barn which promotes a healthier environment for the inhabitants. 

The sound of rain falling on a metal pole barn can be extremely loud, distracting, and uncomfortable to livestock and people. Insulation muffles noises of rain, storms, and any other outside noises from passing into the pole barn and causing disturbances. Overall, installing insulation in a pole barn increases comfort and protects the health of the inhabitants, while preventing moisture and the transfer of heat in or out of the building.

Which Products Are Used To Insulate A Pole Barn?

Fiberglass Insulation is created by spinning or blowing molten glass into fibers. Fiberglass is non-combustible and can be installed in batts, rolls, or blown-in. This is one of the most commonly used forms of insulation and is relatively inexpensive as well. Fiberglass is generally installed in ceilings, attics, basements, and walls. Fiberglass insulation has an R-Value of about R-2.2 to R-2.7 per inch.

Benefits of Fiberglass Insulation:

  • Inexpensive
  • Fire Retardant
  • Muffles Sound
  • Limits Air Flow
  • Mold Resistant
  • Easy Installation

Spray foam is a wet insulation which can be installed on floors, ceiling cavities, walls, spaces around electrical outlets and light fixtures, and spaces between walls and windows or doors. 

Open Cell Spray Foam has an R-Value of around R-3.8 per inch, expanding to about 3 inches of thickness. When this type of foam is sprayed, bubbles inside burst, leaving behind small pockets of air. Water is able to flow through the foam, which prevents mold, while also not absorbing any moisture or losing any insulating performance. Open cell spray foam is also used to muffle sound.

Closed Cell Spray Foam has an R-Value of approximately R-7 per inch and expands to about 1 inch thickness. The air bubbles in closed cell foam do not rupture, which create closed air pockets and a vapor barrier. Water is unable to move through or be absorbed into closed cell foam, which also blocks mold and mildew. Closed cell foam is dense and strong, and can be left exposed after an install. This type of insulation is beneficial in flood zones, as the material repels water and creates an air seal.

Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation:

  • Deters Pests
  • Long Lifespan
  • Fire Retardant
  • Conserves Energy
  • Increases Comfort
  • Strengthens Walls
  • Environmentally Friendly
  • Reduces Mold And Moisture
  • Fills Unseen Cracks And Holes
  • Seals Off Allergens and Pollens

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