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Insulating Your Pole Barn

by | May 30, 2017

Conventional homes aren’t the only types of structures that can benefit from proper insulation. As matter of fact, our team frequently works on post-frame constructed buildings, such as pole barns and garages—with or without an attached shop, store, or even living space.

Why would you want to insulate your pole barn, especially if it isn’t your primary residence? Lots of reasons. Here are just a few:

  • It keeps your space from getting too hot or too cold—obvious, but important, especially if you’re going to be working in your pole barn for several minutes or several hours.
  • If saves you money if you need to artificially heat or cool your building.
  • It provides noise dampening, great if you’re going to be using loud equipment (or blasting your radio).
  • It reduces airflow, which in turn prevents unwanted moisture and condensation and protects your structure, equipment, and valuables from rust and mildew.

But deciding to insulate is only the first consideration. The second is what type of insulation you should choose. When it comes to a post-frame structure on your property, you might be tempted to save a few bucks upfront and go with cheaper fiberglass batting or orienting strand board (OSB) for your insulation. However, we believe that some type of foam insulation is almost always worth the investment.

For starters, it just performs better across the board. You get much better thermal resistance (or R-rating) in less space. A single inch of foam can provide as much insulation as 9 inches of fiberglass. All the other perks (noise, airflow, efficiency) are improved as well.

But beyond that, foam has other advantages unique to pole barns and other big, open, post-frame buildings:

  • Critters love to burrow and make nests in fiberglass batting. Foam does a much better job shutting them out.
  • A tough closed-cell foam can actually strengthen the rigidity of a wall by a factor of 10. This helps reinforce your structure against weather damage and can prevent or delay the need for later repairs.
  • Foam will hold its shape, which makes it a much better choice for walls that you plan to leave unfinished (which might be the case in large barn structures used for work or storage).

At RetroFoam of Southwest Michigan, our experienced and knowledgeable team uses 6 different types of foam insulation. All are high quality, but they vary in terms of cost, thermal resistance, hardness, and other properties like noise and moisture resistance. This allows us to provide all of our customers with a wide range of options to best fit their needs and budget, rather than a “one foam fits all” package.

And we’re not limited to new and existing homes or barns, either! Other types of structures we’ve insulated include:

  • Bridges
  • Art installations
  • Boat hulls
  • Trailers
  • Coolers
  • Stables
  • Chicken coops
  • Underground lines for outdoor wood burners

The bottom line? You name it, we’ve insulated it! Whatever your insulation needs for whatever structures you have on your property, give us a call for a free estimate at (269) 751-2000, or connect with us online.