A lot of infrastructures make use of a pole building as it is relatively cheap and easy to assemble. However, it’s a little tricky to insulate them as they tend to produce sweat-like liquid. Likewise, they grow too cold during the winter season, and too hot during summer.
The best time to insulate a pole building is while it’s being installed. But if you want to install insulation in a pole building that has just been installed or you want to install it in a new one, here are the steps you need to do.
Choose a type of insulation material. Some materials are best to use when the pole building has just been installed, or when they already exist. Still, there are some that can be used both ways like reflective insulation. It reflects heat from the sun so it does not enter the building, and reflects heat from inside so it doesn’t escape. Fiberglass is also used as it is fire retardant, provides an excellent sound barrier, and has a long product life. Other types are spray and rigid foam, radiant barrier, and foam board, among others.
Search online for the best materials to use for insulation and the benefits of using each. Likewise, you can ask your neighbors or your contractors on the insulation that they used for their pole building.
Installation for new structures. Apply the insulation material to the pole building exterior after finishing the frame but prior to the application of plywood sheeting. Using felt wrap with foil, wrap the structure, ensuring that the side with foil is face up.
To prevent air and rain from inflicting damage to the pole building, secure the house with polyethylene sheeting that is spun-bonded. Once this is complete, add plywood sheeting over the house wrap.
Installation for structures that have already been installed. Check the inside of the pole building. Make an allowance of 2x4 inches of frame for each space with a width that is greater than 24 inches. Install a foam board or fiberglass between each joist or ceiling support in your frame. Secure the material with a staple and make sure that the fit is tight for each joist.
Cover the walls with a sheetrock. If there are cracks larger than 2 inches, seal and cover those using expanding foam. You can also use joint tape in corners, ceiling, or between sections of sheetrock. If there are joints, use joint compound and leave to dry for a number of hours before wiping them with a wet sponge. You can paint or add baseboards to the wall if you want to.
Drill holes where there are studs with the use of a saw or power drill. Just make sure that no wiring or plumbing is affected. Using the insulation material, fill the holes with it. Make sure that the holes are tightly sealed by using PVC cap or silicone caulk on each cap.
Insulating a pole building is not easily done alone. Make sure that you have proper help to ensure that the installation goes well. This ensures that the structure offers the needed protection that you expect.