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Pole Barn Insulation

pole barn insulation - double bubble
Double bubble condensation barrier 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.

Pole barn insulation blankets are available that are 93" wide and friction fit between 8' on center posts with no thermal breaks achieving R19 values or better. They are an excellent choice for full time heated buildings and installed in minutes. See below for more details.

Insulating A Pole Barn

Everybody sells pole barn insulation. Numerous types, R values, and product quality. Using the right installation is incredibly important.

Did you know that improper insulation installation can reduce R value by 40%? Let fiberglass insulation get wet and you blew all your money for nothing!

Common types are radiant barriers, insulation blankets, batts, blown insulation, and rigid boards.

If you have the money, professionally sprayed on foam insulation is the absolute best option but is very expensive. This type of insulation should be covered since it is very flammable.

high R value pole barn insulation
For any pole barn unfinished wall system we sell 6" thick friction fit insulation that is installed between the posts from the inside after the building is erected.

This blanket comes in 3', 4', 6', and 8' widths and provides a minimum of R19 installed.

Common Practice for Pole Barn Insulation

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 insulation solution.

  • 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 recommended with metal siding and roofing in humid environments.
  • 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 insulation needs
Solutions That Work
Condensation control is necessary for most any building with metal roofing and siding in humid environments assuming you want to keep doors and windows closed. 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, is not achieved simply by buying materials, they must be installed correctly. Different material and solutions are required for animal comfort, garage workshop solutions, and un-insulated storage buildings based upon the building purpose.

Insulation choices change with construction methods too!

Condensation Control
Types of Insulation

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