Thankfully, summers in the pacific northwest are fairly mild compared to other parts of the country. Nevertheless, the temperature can still reach three-digits on some days. This is why you should insulate pole barns for the summer. This is especially important if the structure is used for human or livestock dwelling.
At the very least, we recommend that all pole barns and steel buildings have ceiling and wall vents. This is so even if the barn is used only for storage. We can install vents to an existing building as an optional feature. We also recommend investing in either a whole-house fan or a ceiling fan, or even both if within your budget.
You should also use insulation, which you can install under roofs and on the building exterior, just beneath the steel. We recommend fiberglass or rigid foam insulation with an R-value anywhere from R-5 to R-16. Insulation reduces heat penetration during the summer. Once winter comes along, it will keep condensation at bay.
While a bit more expensive, you can select six-inch fiberglass batt insulation with a value of R-19. This insulation comes in flexible rolls and pre-cut panels. You can install in tight areas, such as joist blocks, rafters, and studs. This makes it beneficial for stopping airflow and heat transfer.
If you use the pole barn for housing livestock or as a stable for horses, then we recommend insulation for the roof only to reduce condensation. Animals kept in close confines generate a lot of heat, so wall insulation is not necessary. Ventilation, however, is absolutely crucial.
C&S Construction can insulate your building to prevent humidity and heat buildup. The type and degree of insulation varies depending on the barn’s purpose. Summer insulation for a pole barn will keep the structure cool for both people and livestock.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Serving customers from Pullman to Bonners Ferry and Wenatchee to Western Montana, including Spokane, Coeur D’Alene, Cheney, Pullman, Sandpoint, Wallace and the surrounding area since 1998