When you build a barndominium, one of the key decisions you will need to make is what type of insulation to install. Indeed, you may not see your insulation, but you will feel the difference in quality every day- and in long term heating and cooling costs.
In this post, we will introduce you to some of the best insulation options for barndominiums and pole barn buildings. But first, let’s talk about why choosing the right insulation matters. We will then go over important factors to consider before pressing on to the list of different types of insulation.
Why Pole Barn Insulation is So Important
Keep your interior comfortable. When you install high-quality insulation, you can maintain more temperate conditions inside your home. During the winter, your home stays warmer, and during the summer, it stays cooler. With climate change leading to increasingly inhospitable weather conditions, this is a more important aspect of home construction than ever before.
Strengthen your home. With some types of insulation, you can actually add rigid strength to your barndominium, helping it to withstand wear and boosting its longevity.
Protect your home from condensation. There are forms of insulation that can stop moisture from penetrating your walls. This is extremely important, since it can help to prevent mold and mildew. In turn, this helps to prevent wood rot that could compromise the structure of your barndo.
Reduce maintenance. Without quality insulation, you may end up having to spend more time and money repairing moisture damage and other issues. With proper insulation, your home will require less maintenance work.
Noise-proof your home. Insulating your home effectively can help to prevent noise from passing in or out. That means that you can block out traffic noises and annoying neighbors. You also can preserve your own privacy, preventing neighbors from hearing through your walls.
Save money on energy. If your home is not sufficiently insulated, you will have to run your HVAC system a lot on high settings just to keep your home livable during the hottest and coldest times of the year. That means a lot of money down the drain. But when your home is well-insulated, you may not need to run your HVAC as much. Over the years, you might be surprised by just how much you can save.
Make your home more eco-friendly. The more you have to run your HVAC, the worse it is for the environment. That means that by building a barndominium that is insulated effectively, you are reducing your carbon footprint. Going back to what we said before about climate change, this is extremely important during the era in which we are living.
For all of the reasons above, it is often well worthwhile to spend extra money on insulation. While it may cost you more in the short run, in the long run, it will probably save you money.
Factors to Consider When Choosing the Best Insulation for a Barndo
Effectiveness. You should think about the overall effectiveness of a given type of insulation before you select it for your barndo.
Specific benefits. As you will discover in the next section, different insulation materials have different benefits. Some of them are good for increasing building strength while others are not. Some are effective for dealing with moisture, while others are not. Some have excellent noise-blocking benefits, while others do not. Some are easy and fast to install, while others are not. You will have to figure out your priorities, and then pick a material that suits your needs.
Durability. How well insulation holds up over time depends on the material you choose.
Installation. It is worth considering the cost, time, and expertise required to install a given type of insulation before you decide to pick it. This is especially critical if you are planning on handling the installation of your insulation on your own. You do not want to pick a type of insulation that is going to exceed your ability to install property.
Cost. Finally, insulation costs can vary quite a bit depending on the material and thickness you choose. You should not necessarily go with the cheapest insulation unless you have no other choice (we can see how that could happen if you are on a budget—especially as barndominiums tend to be large, which means you will need a lot of insulation). Do you require the most expensive insulation on the market? Probably not—but if you have the extra room in your budget, premium insulation can be a great investment.
As you read on to the next section, you should get an even better feel for what factors you need to think about when you are comparing your different insulation options.
What are Your Options for Insulating a Barndominium?
Spray foam: One of the top choices for insulation in a barndo is spray foam. It prevents airflow through your walls, strengthens your structure, holds up well to exposure to water, and can keep heat from passing through. The biggest drawback is that spray foam is not eco-friendly (though some spray foams are better than others in that regard).
Structural insulated panels (SIP): Another of the best types of insulation to consider for your metal barndominium is structural insulated panels, often just called “SIPs.” Each of these panels features metal or plywood sandwiched around rigid foam. Their benefits are many. If you want your structure to be airtight and energy-efficient, SIPs are among your very best options. They also are rugged, unlikely to mold, and can prevent noise from penetrating your walls. The downside? Be prepared to shell out more money for SIPs than many more traditional insulation solutions.
Batt and blanket: This type of insulation consists of rock wool or processed fiberglass fibers. It is worth considering for keeping your costs down. That said, you will need excellent attention to detail during the installation process if you want it to work well.
Blow-in cellulose: This is a material that you can use for blow-in insulation if there are little cavities where you need to fill gaps. It does well to help boost heat retention.
Fiberglass: If you want to keep your costs down and installation straightforward, you could consider a pole barn insulation blanket with fiberglass. Loose-fill fiberglass is also available.
Bubble: Bubble insulation for metal buildings uses polyethylene bubbles to reflect radiant heat and prevents condensation inside your home. Moreover, humid conditions will not lead to mold in bubble insulation. So, think about this option if your climate is on the humid side. This is good option as an outer layer if you are combining different materials.
You have had a chance now to check out a few different options for effectively insulating your barndo or pole barn structure.