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January 14, 2014

Tips for Winterizing a Pole Barn

No matter where you live in the U.S. the recent Polar Vortex has probably exposed you to freezing temperatures you weren't expecting. Even in cold states including Minnesota and Michigan, towns are seeing temperatures drop to 20 below zero in some parts and the chill is lingering much longer than usual. If you own a pole barn building and are concerned about the cold temperatures, consider some winterizing tips that can prepare your post frame building for cold weather.
 
Reduce Insulation Areas – The best way to winterize a pole barn is to insulate the structure so it can lock in heat. However, if there are sections of your pole barn that doesn't need to be kept warm then you should carefully plan the area that requires insulation. By blocking off the rafter area with a dropped ceiling you can greatly reduce the amount of space being insulated and can also save on the amount of materials being used.
 
Cover Holes with Spray-On Insulation – Because pole barn building walls are relatively thin it is important to add an extra layer of insulation to the inside of the outer walls. With this layer in place you can then add regular fiberglass insulation to cover the spray-on material. Think of it as layering for your pole barn walls.
 
Protect the Insulation – Many pole barns are used to store equipment and livestock and both can present hazards for insulation. Chickens, cattle and other livestock may begin to chew on the insulation weakening the material and heavy equipment with pointy and sharp blades also pose a threat to the integrity of the insulation. Cover the lower portions of a pole barn wall with protective sheeting and park and store your equipment in such a manner that it does not puncture any holes in the insulation.



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