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October 17, 2014

How to Insulate a Pole Barn

Winter is coming, and it will most likely bring with it freezing temperatures and snow in most parts of the country. If you use a pole barn for storing vehicles or tools, working, or housing animals or livestock, it is important to insulate the building to protect its contents this winter.

Insulating a pole barn is a fairly straightforward process that can generally be done in a day. You will not need many materials to complete the job. As an alternative, you can ask the contractor who builds your pole barn to insulate it for you.

Pole barns are constructed with 2-inch-by-6-inch beams set 24 inches apart. Buy enough 24-inch insulation to fit in all of the open spaces. Roll out the insulation, cut it to the appropriate length, and stuff it into the spaces. Use a staple gun to staple the insulation to the beams.

The ceiling will also have 24-inch spaces between the rafters. You will need someone to help you with this part of the job. Climb on a ladder, stuff the spaces between the rafters, and staple the insulation. If you find spaces that are not 24 inches wide, simply cut a piece to fit.

The next step is to cover the blanket insulation with nylon-reinforced plastic wrap, or building wrap. If you roll out the plastic, you can use one continuous piece to run the length of the wall. Staple it to the horizontal studs, and overlap the pieces by about an inch. Work your way around the pole barn until all of the blanket insulation has been covered. Repeat the process with the ceiling. Don't make the building wrap too tight. You want the interior of your pole barn to look similar to a pillow.

Your pole barn will be well-insulated at this point, but if you want you can cover the insulation with drywall or foam board. Screw the drywall or foam board to the horizontal studs, and then texture or paint the walls, if you so choose. Your pole barn will then be ready for winter.

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