Four Common Pole Barn Insulation Problems

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As with steel buildings and other structures, pole barns require adequate insulation. Otherwise, the interior gets incredibly nippy in winter and blistering hot in summer. Is your pole barn insulation up to standards? Learn to identify the signs of bad insulation and how to remedy it.

1. Condensation

Condensation occurs when moisture in the air comes into contact with a cold surface. Most insulation materials consist mainly of fiberglass, which is prone to moisture accumulation. Too much moisture absorption causes a loss in R-value. You can mitigate this by installing a vapor barrier.

2. Lack of Ventilation

No matter what you use the pole building for, the structure requires ventilation. Lack of ventilation causes moisture to cling to the insulation and other fibrous material, eventually leading to mold growth. Our optional features include the addition of various types of vents, such as soffit and ridge vents.

3. Corroded Metal and Wood

Poor insulation also results in moisture accumulating on metal surfaces, causing corrosion. The same goes for untreated wood, which can rot. To prevent moisture penetration, use a close-cell spray foam insulation. For the wood, consider replacement with laminated posts. Our supplier Timber Technologies manufactures treated and rot-resistant timber posts.

4. Water Leaks

Pole barn roofs can leak just like a roof in a residential home. Once water gets in, so will mold, mildew, rot, and corrosion. Locate and patch openings. This will require professional assistance. Once you do that, use a closed cell spray foam that is designed to prevent water intrusion.

We Fix Pole Barn Insulation Problems

Your insulation must be in good shape, especially during temperature extremes. If you detect moisture in the pole barn interior, give C&S Construction a call. Pole barn insulation problems can quickly lead to deterioration of the material, from the wood posts to the metal frames.

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