This type of pole barn blanket is very common for condensation control and to provide protection from radiant heat. Often used in horse barns and garages not requiring full time heat.
blankets are available that are 93" wide friction fit between 8' on center posts with no thermal breaks achieving a true R19 value. They are an excellent choice for full time heated buildings and installed in minutes. See the above link for more details.
Insulating Your Pole Barn
Everybody sells insulation. Numerous types, R values, and
product quality. Proper
installation is incredibly important. Getting the right type
of insulation is even more
Did you know that improper insulation installation can reduce R value by
Let it get wet and you blew all your money for nothing!
Then there are radiant barriers, insulation blankets, batt, and rigid
If you have the money, professionally sprayed on foam
insulation (more than one
type) is the absolute best option, but at $1 per square foot per
thickness (1" = R7) the price is ridiculous.
Many builders install insulation the quickest way possible, not the
best way possible. Makes
sense right? They are paid to install. They need to
finish the job, make money, move on to the next job.
So, doing things the way everyone else does it ensures that you
have found the
quickest way to insulate, not necessarily the best.
Here are some tips to keep in mind about insulation. Apply
these known facts to
the method you plan to use for insulating and decide if you have
found the ultimate
Solutions That Work
- Wet Insulation permanently loses R value
- Compressed insulation loses R value
- To achieve maximum R value insulation requires airspace
between itself and adjacent material
- Published R values are incredibly misleading
- The same material used in a roof will have a different
effective R value when used in a wall
- R value for downward heat flow is absolutely different than R
value for upward heat flow
- A vapor barrier is required (not an option) with metal siding and roofing and proper
placement is determined by locality
- Types of doors and windows (especially large openings) impact
effectiveness of building insulation
- R values are advertised for three types of energy savings -
Conduction - Radiation - Convection
- Radiant heat R values do little to nothing for non-radiant
Condensation control is necessary for most any building with metal
roofing and siding. Store hay in a
building without proper condensation control and you can ruin your
hay. The last thing you want is condensation dripping on
your car or tractor or have rusty tools.
Proper ventilation, condensation control, and optionally insulation
is not achieved simply by buying
materials and throwing them in place. Different material and
solutions are required for animal comfort,
garage workshop solutions, and un-insulated storage buildings.
Insulation choices change with construction methods too!
Types of Insulation