Category Archives: Insulation

High Humidity in a Pole Barn Home

Posted by Rick on 24/06/20 @ 8:00
High Humidity in a Pole Barn Home

High Humidity in a Pole Barn Home Reader SAM writes: “I had a pole barn home built before pole barn homes became so popular. A concrete floor was poured around the 6×6 posts, and wooden trusses make up the roof. The pole barn walls have 2×6 purlins, and the roof has 2×4 purlins. Fiberglass insulation […]

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Tin Sheet Ceiling, Glulaminated Columns, and Wood on Grade

Posted by polebarnguru on 24/06/19 @ 8:00
Tin Sheet Ceiling, Glulaminated Columns, and Wood on Grade

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about adding tin sheets to the underside of trusses with insulation added, the use of glulaminated columns over rough sawn 6×6’s, and pros and cons of wood on grade vs concrete. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am looking at installing metal sheeting on the ceiling in […]

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Air Intake, Sliding Door Trolleys, and Footing Costs

This Thursday is another bonus ” ask the Guru” answering questions about proper air intake with no overhangs, replacing sliding door trolleys, and most cost effective footing solution. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am in preliminary stages of designing a post-frame building, that will serve a multitude of functions such as a home gym, work-shop, […]

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Insulation, Lean-To’s and a DIY

Posted by Rick on 24/05/30 @ 8:00
Insulation, Lean-To’s and a DIY

A Bonus Ask the Guru for this Thursday’s blog for Insulation, Lean-To’s and a DIY  DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I have a 30×40 pole barn with 6″ purloins mounted between the posts. I’m planning to add minimal insulation using closed cell panels. I’ve seen recommendations to cut the panels to fit between the purloins (would […]

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Wall Insulation for a Hybrid Building

Posted by Rick on 24/05/28 @ 8:00
Wall Insulation for a Hybrid Building

Wall Insulation for a Hybrid Building Reader MASON in HILLSBOROUGH writes: “I read your blog often and I truly appreciate the wealth of knowledge you openly share. I am in the process of starting construction on a hybrid steel shop that will house a small apartment that the wife and I will move into once […]

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A BONUS PBG for Friday May, 24th — Alternative Siding, Basements, and Purlin Size

A BONUS PBG for Friday May, 24th — Alternative Siding, Basements, and Purlin Size DEAR POLE BARN GURU: In towns that disapprove of houses with rib steel siding, can traditional OSB sheathing on the bookshelf girts w/ vinyl cladding be substituted? Material prices seem similar and no huge difference in labor seems probable. But, will […]

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Will I Have Issues With Post Frame Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation?

Will I Have Issues With Post Frame Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation? Reader HEATH in NACOGDOCHES writes: “I am building a pole barn that I do not plan to heat or cool initially, but would like to insulate due to condensation issues and our hot humid climate. Have there been issues with closed cell spf […]

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Florida Approved Wall Panels, Drip Stop Metal Roofing, and Widest Builds

This week the Pole Barn Guru discusses reader concerns about Florida approved board and batten panels for walls, the use of drip stop or condenstop in residential applications, and what the widest build without support poles could be. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I need a 4×8 siding material that has a Florida Product Approval Code. […]

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A BONUS PBG for Friday May, 17th– Roof Insulation, Column Sizing, and a Moisture Issue. 

A BONUS PBG for Friday May, 17th– Roof Insulation, Column Sizing, and a Moisture Issue. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hi Mike. I built a post and beam shop and am trying to figure out how to insulate the roof on the second floor. The bents are true sawn 6×6 on ten foot centers (building is […]

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PEX and Rebar Hairpins

Posted by polebarnguru on 24/05/16 @ 8:00
PEX and Rebar Hairpins

PEX and Rebar Hairpins Reader BRIAN in LEROY writes: “I want hydronic floor w/ PEX embedded into concrete slab on grade at MN-IA area. Blogs show rebar through holes in poles that are bent into the concrete at about 45 degree angles presumably to tie all elements of building envelope firmly together. In this area, […]

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An I-Beam Size, Plans for Permit, and Moisture Control

Posted by polebarnguru on 24/05/15 @ 8:00
An I-Beam Size, Plans for Permit, and Moisture Control

This Wednesday the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about an I-Beam size for a lean too, plans for a county permit- included with purchase of a Hansen Building, and advice for use of insulation and barriers for new build. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hey Mike I’ve got a question for you, I recently just […]

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The Advantages of Spray Foam Insulation in Pole Barns

Posted by polebarnguru on 24/05/14 @ 8:00
The Advantages of Spray Foam Insulation in Pole Barns

The Advantages of Spray Foam Insulation in Pole Barns Spray foam insulation is an all-in-one solution that can effectively regulate temperature, reduce noise, and prevent moisture in your pole barn. Although all types of insulation minimize heat transfer, spray foam is the only material that can also seal against air leaks, potentially resulting in energy […]

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To Vapor Barrier a Ceiling, or Not to Vapor Barrier a Ceiling.

To Vapor Barrier a Ceiling, or Not to Vapor Barrier a Ceiling. Reader RAY in LAPINE writes: “Hello, I live in Central Oregon, in climate zone #5. We are located in the High Desert at 4400 ft. The climate is dry with low humidity, occasional snow and cold in the winter. The summer temps are […]

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Challenges to Insulating an Existing Pole Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 24/05/07 @ 8:00
Challenges to Insulating an Existing Pole Building

Challenges to Insulating an Existing Pole Building Reader TODD in STACY writes: “Hello, I am looking to insulate and heat an existing 30x40x12 pole building that was built in the mid 2000’s. It does not have soffits or ridge vents. The way it is now it gets condensation on the inside quite often just with […]

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A Wood Frame Basement, Inside Dimensions, and Steel vs Wood

Posted by polebarnguru on 24/05/01 @ 8:00
A Wood Frame Basement, Inside Dimensions, and Steel vs Wood

This week the Pole Barn Guru about building a wood frame basement with “daylight space,” the inside dimensions of a 40′ x 80′ structure, and a debate between steel vs wood construction. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I’d like to build a post frame building with a daylight basement space. I’d been researching permanent wood foundations […]

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Vapor Barriers, Post Longevity, and Spray Foam

Posted by polebarnguru on 24/04/03 @ 8:00
Vapor Barriers, Post Longevity, and Spray Foam

This Wednesday the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about the need for a vapor barrier, the longevity of properly treated posts, and the better spray foam between open and closed cell. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hello Sir, hoping you can help answer a question I cannot get a straight answer on. Currently building a […]

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Sourcing Treated Columns, Truss Bracing, and Insulating a Roof

This Wednesday the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about sourcing 4pc of 4x6x18′ treated columns, truss bracing in a custom cabin, and insulating a roof on a metal pole barn. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Looking for 4pcs 4x6x18 treated ground contact. JERRY in COATESVILLE DEAR JERRY: This one is going to be tough. Very […]

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Under Slab Insulation XPS or EPS?

Posted by polebarnguru on 24/03/26 @ 8:00
Under Slab Insulation XPS or EPS?

Under Slab Insulation XPS or EPS? Way back (okay, 2021 it just seems like it was long ago), I had extolled virtues of expanded polystyrene (EPS) for barndominium concrete slab insulation boards/ Full article can be read here: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2021/11/barndominium-concrete-slab-insulation-boards/. If there is one thing I have learned in my construction industry career, it is insulation […]

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Ballpark Figures, Blueprint Costs, and Condensation Drip

Posted by polebarnguru on 24/03/13 @ 8:00
Ballpark Figures, Blueprint Costs, and Condensation Drip

This Wednesday the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about ballpark figures to estimate costs of a barndominium, the costs for blueprints for a 40x60x20 building, and what the best way to stop condensation drip on a post frame building would be. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I’ve got a very general question, hope you can […]

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Concerns About Truss Sizes and Overhangs When Designing a Floor Plan

Concerns About Truss Sizes and Overhangs When Designing a Floor Plan Reader ART in EADS writes: “Hello Mike, my wife and I are making floor plans for a future pole barn house. We see that numerous companies offer buildings in common L x W x H dimensions as well as some customized sizes. We want […]

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Attic Ventilation, Shearwall Stitch Screws, and Adding Sheathing

This week the Pole Barn Guru addresses reader questions about ventilation needed for a new attic with metal ceiling and blown-in insulation, a confirmation for endwall needing stitch screws for shear, and if adding sheathing to an existing pole building would add value. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I bought a house with a pole barn […]

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What to do About Possible Roof Condensation?

Posted by polebarnguru on 24/03/05 @ 8:00
What to do About Possible Roof Condensation?

What to do About Possible Roof Condensation? Reader JEFF in ADEL writes: “Hello, I am going to order Post Frame building materials and am working on details. The question about condensation is driving me nuts as this is a big project for me and I don’t want a wet building. It will be a 30x48x11 […]

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Open Cell Spray Foam to Roof Steel – When Insulation is Done Wrong

Open Cell Spray Foam to Roof Steel – When Insulation is Done Wrong Reader JOSH in FARMINGTON writes: “I recently had a pole barn built and after doing a lot of research, went with 5″ of open cell under the roof and on the gables. I did not have any kind of vapor barrier, as […]

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How to Best Insulate an All-Steel Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 24/02/22 @ 8:00
How to Best Insulate an All-Steel Building

How to Best Insulate an All-Steel Building I know lots and lots about post frame buildings, however when it comes to all steel buildings (PEMBs – Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings aka Red Iron) I go to an expert. Today’s expert is John Lyle McInroe aka Mr Bee Happy, he has been in the building industry since […]

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Greyed Lumber, Insulation, and Flat Purlins over Trusses

Posted by polebarnguru on 24/02/21 @ 8:00
Greyed Lumber, Insulation, and Flat Purlins over Trusses

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about cleaning up rough cut lumber that has greyed from exposure to the elements, advice on house wrap and insulation, and the ability of flat purlins over trusses to carry a load in Kentucky. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: My barn project has been a long drawn […]

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Help – My Hobby Shop Has Wall Condensation

Posted by polebarnguru on 24/02/15 @ 8:00
Help – My Hobby Shop Has Wall Condensation

Help – My Hobby Shop Has Wall Condensation Reader EVAN in PHILADELPHIA writes: “Hi there, I recently constructed a small 20x20x10 pole barn for use as a hobby shop (woodworking, etc.). The eaves have vented soffit and the roof has a ridge vent. On the interior I did a metal ceiling with blown in R-C38 […]

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Plastic Vapor Barrier, PermaColumn, and a Fire Resistant Barrier

This Wednesday the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about use of 6 mil plastic vapor barrier in Michigan, if Hansen provides the option of a precast concrete pier to keep columns out of the ground, build heights, and “if anything needed between interior PVC panels, closed cell spray foam and the exterior metal siding.” […]

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Housewrap, Roof Insulation, and Ceiling Fasteners

Posted by polebarnguru on 24/01/31 @ 8:00
Housewrap, Roof Insulation, and Ceiling Fasteners

This Wednesday the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about a home owner asking builder to install housewrap on the roof, the best solution to insulate underside of roof, and what the best fastener for screwing steel to ceiling or roof trusses would be. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Pole Barn Guru, thank you for your […]

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Help! Help! PEMB Insulation/Ventilation

Posted by polebarnguru on 24/01/25 @ 8:00
Help! Help! PEMB Insulation/Ventilation

Help! Help! PEMB Insulation/Ventilation Reader JD in ANDERSON writes: “Dear Guru, I am finally ready to build my dream shop, rec space. Slab is poured. Will be 30x50x16 with (2) insulated panel 12×14 overhead doors in one of the 30ft ends. My question is about ventilation / insulation. To meet my budget, I chose a […]

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To Wrap Posts, Two-Story, Barndominium Conversion

Posted by polebarnguru on 24/01/24 @ 8:00
To Wrap Posts, Two-Story, Barndominium Conversion

In this Wednesday’s Ask the Guru, Mike answers reader questions about the use of bituthene to wrap the bottom of posts in addition to the treatment, the possibility of a two-story post frame building, and if one can convert an existing Hansen Building into a “barndominium” (residential unit). DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hi Mike, getting […]

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Fill to Grade, XPS Between Steel and Framing, and a Post Frame Home

This Wednesday the Pole Barn Guru advises readers on adding 6″ fill to the site and the affect it would have on columns, the use of XPS insulation between the steel and framing of the building, and some thoughts on building a 3 bedroom, two bath house. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hello, The site I […]

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Ceiling Liner, Double trusses, and a Second floor

Posted by polebarnguru on 24/01/03 @ 8:00
Ceiling Liner, Double trusses, and a Second floor

This Wednesday the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about what best installed between ceiling liner and trusses and insulation recommendations in a new shop, advice on sidewall column size for use with double trusses, and the structural stability of a pole barn second floor. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Just built a 40x60x11 pole barn […]

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Spray Foam Insulation on Interior Surfaces of Metal Panels

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/12/28 @ 8:00
Spray Foam Insulation on Interior Surfaces of Metal Panels

Spray Foam Insulation on Interior Surfaces of Metal Panels Information excerpted from MBCI.com When it comes to insulating a building envelope, there are various methods that can be used depending on the building’s purpose and the required level of insulation. However, combining metal roof and wall panels with spray polyurethane foam insulation (SPF) is widely […]

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What Size Fresh Air Intakes Do I Need?

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/12/21 @ 8:00
What Size Fresh Air Intakes Do I Need?

What Size Fresh Air Intakes Do I Need? Reader BOB in GRAHAM writes: “I have a 40 x 60 pole building. There is a ridge vent along the 60′. I recently installed Sheetrock on the ceiling and blew in insulation. My question is what size fresh air intake vents do they need to keep the […]

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What Bubble Insulation Brand do you Recommend, if Any?

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/12/19 @ 8:00
What Bubble Insulation Brand do you Recommend, if Any?

What Bubble Insulation Brand do you Recommend? Reader ERICA in WEST COLUMBIA writes: “Is there a specific bubble insulation brand you recommend? We will be using this as our vapor barrier in the roof. I’ve seen posts about this type of insulation disintegrating, so I’m wondering if the claims are exaggerated or if in fact […]

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Frost Heave and Rodents, a Storage/House Combo, and Dead Attic Space

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about prevention of frost heave and rodents getting in to a post frame garage, advice for a storage/house combo in Oregon, and how some buildings can have “dead attic space.” DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am concerned about frost heave and rodents getting into a post […]

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Insulation and Vapor Barrier, Rich-e Board Insulation, and a Tear-Off

Today’s “ask the Guru” answers reader questions about best applications of insulation and vapor barriers, the Guru’s experience with Rich-e Board insulation, and how to avoid a “tear-off” of a roof by adding layer of framing and insulation on top of old roof. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hello, I am building a pole building in […]

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Why Are You Stuck on Bookshelf Girts?

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/11/21 @ 8:00
Why Are You Stuck on Bookshelf Girts?

Why in World are you Stuck on Bookshelf Girts? Reader JAMES writes: “Why in world are you stuck on bookshelf girts. For instance with ‘normal’ pole barns one could SPF the walls and roof and have almost no heat loss through the lumber. One could argue your “bookshelf girts” and purlins between trusses makes the […]

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Best Practice for Closing and Insulating 2×10 Headers

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/11/16 @ 8:00
Best Practice for Closing and Insulating 2×10 Headers

Best Practice for Closing and Insulating 2×10 Headers Reader DAVE in VIROQUA writes: “Best practice for closing and insulating 2×10 headers. My pole barn has building wrap then closed cell spray foamed walls. Ceiling not yet installed but want to use blown in fiberglass with vapor barrier. The spray foam on walls goes up to […]

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Parcel Theory and More Thoughts on Dave’s Insulation Dilemma

Parcel Theory and More Thoughts on Dave’s Insulation Dilemma Reader DAVE in GALES CREEK writes: “You said: Because Code requires an inch of clear space between insulation and roof deck, from eave-to-ridge.   Keep in mind that we have no roof deck or plywood, just bare bones metal and rafters.  Okay,.. so with all of that […]

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Barndominium Bookshelf Wall Girt Ghosting

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/11/07 @ 8:00
Barndominium Bookshelf Wall Girt Ghosting

Barndominium Bookshelf Wall Girt Ghosting Are you starting to see bookshelf wall girts through your barndominium’s gypsum wallboard (drywall)? If so, you are witnessing a phenomenon called wall ghosting. It occurs when condensation interacts with trapped dust and can have a couple of different causes. It results in shadowy-looking lines on your walls or ceilings. […]

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Pole Barn Pricing, Idaho, and a Pole Barn Addition Moisture

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/11/01 @ 8:00
Pole Barn Pricing, Idaho, and a Pole Barn Addition Moisture

This week the Pole Barn Guru pricing of a pole barn with a link to a full blog regarding costs of various sizes, whether or not Hansen Buildings ships kits to Idaho- YES! and moisture control on a new post frame addition. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Quick question 30′ x 40/50′ x 14′ high Garage. […]

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Properly Insulating Between Roof Purlins

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/10/31 @ 8:00
Properly Insulating Between Roof Purlins

Properly Insulating Between Roof Purlins Reader SAM in MATTAWAN writes: “Hi, I have a wood framed pole barn that is fairly unique in design and doesn’t have any “attic” space. It’s very similar to what a steel building would be. There are 2×8 roof purlins to support OSB sheathing. My question is regarding ceiling/ roof […]

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Lots of Bad Advice for Retrofitting Roof Insulation

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/10/26 @ 8:00
Lots of Bad Advice for Retrofitting Roof Insulation

Lots of Bad Advice for Retrofitting Roof Insulation Reader DAVE in GALES CREEK writes: “I’m desperate, or I wouldn’t be bugging you with this. We have a 38×48 pole barn / shop with concrete pad that was on our property when we bought it. There are 4 sections between trusses, and one of those has […]

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A 100×100 Pole Building, Shingles to Steel, and Double-Bubble

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about the possibility of a 100′ x 100′ pole building, the consideration of switching from asphalt shingles to steel roofing, and if one can reuse the “double-bubble” when replacing roof steel. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Can I build a 100 ft X 100 ft. pole building? […]

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Bugged by Bugs

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/09/14 @ 8:00
Bugged by Bugs

Bugged By Bugs Reader FRANK in ARVA, ONTARIO writes: “I am actually in Ontario. How to keep bugs from getting behind the steel wall siding voids in the area left behind where the ribs are? Interior is finished with vapor barrier/batt insulation/osb. Exterior has steel “barn” siding and Tyvek wrap underneath. Z flash at bottom […]

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Kind Words and Questions From a Future Client

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/09/12 @ 8:00
Kind Words and Questions From a Future Client

Kind Words and Questions From a Future Client Reader and future client CHRISTINA in HAWLEY writes: “Firstly, I’m not going to lie. It was YOU (Guru) that kept me more interested in doing business with your company than with others. Even more so than Pioneer Pole Barns here by me and that’s who everyone goes […]

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Conditioning and Insulating a Shop/House in Spokane (Climate Zone 5B)

Conditioning and Insulating a Shop/House in Spokane (Climate Zone 5B) My Social Media friend TYLER in SPOKANE writes: “Hello Mr. Guru, I am planning to build a 48′ x 60′ post frame shop with a 48’x20′ finished living space inside and the remaining to be insulated and climate controlled shop space. I’m planning for 14′ […]

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Insulation/Envelope, Egress Window in Gable, and Ribbed Steel Testing

Today’s Ask the Guru tackles reader questions about how to best insulate/envelope a pole barn shop in AZ, if the Guru has “an engineered work around for gable ends so I could replace the vent with an egress window,” and trying to find out if pole barn ribbed siding is tested under NFPA275 to be […]

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Retrofitting for an Interior Workshop

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/08/15 @ 8:00
Retrofitting for an Interior Workshop

Retrofitting for an Interior Workshop Loyal reader LAURI in NORTH BRANCH writes: “Thank you ahead of time for your generous gift of answering these questions. I love your blog. I have a 40 x 60 pole barn and doing an interior workshop of 25 x 40. Exterior walls (only in workshop area) have no vapor […]

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Pier Insulation, Hold Up Distances, and Site Prep

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/08/09 @ 8:00
Pier Insulation, Hold Up Distances, and Site Prep

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about insulating around outside of post piers, the hold-up distance of any non-treated lumber or wall sheathing, and if laying gravel prior to drilling and setting columns would be best order of building. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Kind of a 2 parter. I am trenching 4′ […]

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Roof Truss Costs, Moisture Barriers, and Integrated Condensation Control

This Wednesday the Pole Barn Guru addresses reader questions about “the most cost effective length to procure, transport and install of a Post Frame Roof Truss 4/12 Pitch; 36′, 40′ or 50′?” a suitable moisture barrier for a shed, and Integrated condensation controls. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Typically, what is the most cost effective length […]

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Converting an Unfinished Wood Frame Steel Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/07/18 @ 8:00
Converting an Unfinished Wood Frame Steel Building

Converting an Unfinished Wood Frame Steel Building Reader GEOFF in WILLISTON writes: “ Mike, I think I came across a response on the internet of yours to a question about installing liner panels on the bottom chord of trusses and blowing insulation over the top. If memory serves me the question included the position of […]

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Looking for Advice on Insulating My Pole Barn Walls

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/07/06 @ 8:00
Looking for Advice on Insulating My Pole Barn Walls

Looking for Advice on Insulating My Pole Barn Walls MATTHEW in CENTRAL ILLINOIS writes: “Hello! I am a member of the Facebook pole barns and buildings page and see your post with advice often. I honor your opinions. I am wondering if you can help me out. I have a 30×48 pole barn in central […]

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Wide and Tall, Building on Slope, and a Condensation Issue

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/06/28 @ 8:00
Wide and Tall, Building on Slope, and a Condensation Issue

This Wednesday the Pole Barn Guru tackles reader questions about the potential wide and tall a pole building can be designed, if a pole building can be building on a slope, and how to mitigate condensation in an existing ‘horse barn’ with an open metal roof. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: How wide and tall can […]

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Pole Barn Conversion, Condensation Concerns, and Setting Trusses

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions regarding converting a section of an existing building into living space, concerns about condensation in an insulated wall, and a concern about setting trusses too soon following a concrete pour. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hello! We have a pole barn already built, 60×80, and we’ve decided […]

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Exactly Identical and 20% Less

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/06/13 @ 8:00
Exactly Identical and 20% Less

Exactly Identical and 20% Less There is always someone willing to sacrifice quality and/or service to get to a lower price. I have seen it over and over again for decades now. Price shoppers, or deal hunters, seem to be most interested in the lowest price. Unlike value shoppers who are willing to pay more […]

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Pool Insulation, Span Tables for Floor Joists, and Post Brackets

Today the Pole barn Guru addresses reader questions about the use of 2″ Dow Styrofoam sheets to help insulate and above ground pool, advice for a structurally sound 20×40 room with a loft in a building, and if post can be set onto a cinderblock wall. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I live in Minnesota and […]

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Dead Air as an Insulator

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/05/04 @ 8:00
Dead Air as an Insulator

Dead Air as an Insulator Are you considering building a climate controlled post-frame building? If so, then proper insulation is (or should be) at the top of your list. If you have not seen ridiculous claims of double digit R-values from reflective radiant barriers yet (aka ‘bubble wrap insulation”) you will. Read more about these […]

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Condensation Challenge, Adding a Garage Door, and Barn Movers

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/04/26 @ 8:00
Condensation Challenge, Adding a Garage Door, and Barn Movers

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about likely condensation challenges with a closed envelope in coastal South Carolina, an addition of a 16′ wide garage door to an existing building, and if the Guru knows any pole barn movers in central Illinois. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I want to keep my building […]

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Endwall Overhangs, Foundation Insulation, and Sloping Ground

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/04/19 @ 8:00
Endwall Overhangs, Foundation Insulation, and Sloping Ground

This Wednesday the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about setting trusses on a Hansen Building with endwall overhangs, a solution for an insulation question, and the possibility of building on steep sloping ground with some exposed columns. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Are all trusses set at the same height are the end trusses lower […]

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Code Official Questions Post Frame Slab Edge Insulation

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/04/13 @ 8:00
Code Official Questions Post Frame Slab Edge Insulation

Code Official Questions Post Frame Slab Edge Insulation Code Official MATT in PIERRE writes: “As a code official, I have approved pole barns for storage/garage use. they have not been conditioned. a new person wants to build one as a residence, how do the slab edges typically get treated? Would they need to extend to […]

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Updates to Make to Your Pole Barn in 2023

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/04/11 @ 8:00
Updates to Make to Your Pole Barn in 2023

Updates to Make to Your Pole Barn in 2023 Entering the new year comes with resolutions, and while some may be personal, there are plenty that end up becoming a part of your to-do list. Starting with a clean slate means you can really hone in on what improvements you may need, or what you […]

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Comparing Rockwool and Fiberglass Insulation

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/04/06 @ 8:00
Comparing Rockwool and Fiberglass Insulation

Comparing Rockwool and Fiberglass Insulation   Fiberglass insulation has long been a popular option for slowing heat transmission through building walls and ceilings. While it may have an added benefit of creating a fire-resistant layer between interior and exterior walls, fiberglass still may not measure up to Rockwool’s natural abilities. Like fiberglass, Rockwool is an insulation […]

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Termite Resistance of Stone Wool Insulation

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/03/30 @ 8:00
Termite Resistance of Stone Wool Insulation

Termite Resistance of Stone Wool Insulation Could you possibly share whatever information you might have on a product that is termite proof/termite resistant to insulate my slab on my building. The only thing I have found somewhat useful is Cellofoam. It’s a EPS product that is infused with insecticide.” Mike the Pole Barn Guru says: […]

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Adding a Pool, Gambrel for Processing, and Square Footage

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/03/29 @ 8:00
Adding a Pool, Gambrel for Processing, and Square Footage

This week Mike the Pole Barn Guru discusses reader questions about the practicality of adding a pool to an existing pole barn, if the trusses in a gambrel might hold the load of a deer while processing, and what square footage might give the best “bang for the bunk?” DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am […]

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Financing, Ventilation for Metal Trussed Shed, and Concrete Costs

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about what financing is available for a post frame building, a question about ventilation for a metal trusses pole barn, and a comparison of concrete costs for post frame vs red iron buildings. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I’m looking to build a 25′ x 50′ pole […]

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Insulation, Truss Spans, and Pit Material

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/03/15 @ 8:00
Insulation, Truss Spans, and Pit Material

Today’s Ask the Pole Barn Guru discusses reader questions about an option to layer insulation between purlins, the actual building width for 36′ trusses, and the recommendation against the use pit material when performing site prep. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hi, I have the traditional roll type insulation with the white backing. My question is […]

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Dragging Panels, Code Compliance, and “Some Assembly Required”

Today’s “ask the Pole Barn Guru” addresses reader questions about dragging steel panels over one another during installation, and the effects on the panels, a recommendation to consult a registered design professional in Michigan regarding footings, and if a Hansen Building is a “some assembly required” type of kit. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: So I […]

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Knee Bracing, Flying Gable Trim, and Ventilation Needs

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/02/22 @ 8:00
Knee Bracing, Flying Gable Trim, and Ventilation Needs

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about the removal of knee bracing to install interior ceiling and wall steel, a question about a special rake trim for a flying gable, and the possibility of adding ceiling liner panels to a structure and the need for a vapor barrier and proper ventilation. DEAR […]

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How to Insulate My Pole Barn Roof

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/02/16 @ 8:00
How to Insulate My Pole Barn Roof

How to Insulate My Pole Barn Roof Reader JEREMY in GREENBRIER writes: “Looking at building a 50x60x15 pole barn 20 miles north of Nashville, TN. I’m needing recommendations for the best way to insulate. I’m using scissor trusses with no ceiling and I’m planning metal panels on the inside walls. I’m thinking 2×4 girts on […]

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Condensation Control, Load Requirements, and A Sloped Site

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/02/15 @ 8:00
Condensation Control, Load Requirements, and A Sloped Site

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about condensation control in Spokane, WA, the availability of a hipped roof design to meet wind and snow loads, and planning for a post frame build on a sloped site. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I’m in Spokane, WA– a semi-arid region, and I had a question […]

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Why Fiberglass Insulation Doesn’t Work

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/01/24 @ 8:00
Why Fiberglass Insulation Doesn’t Work

Why Fiberglass Insulation Doesn’t Work This article includes information in italics from a paper from Rastra.com, a provider of ICFs. For those interested, to read their paper in full please visit: https://www.rastra.com/docs/sales/Why_fiberglass_insulation_doesnt_work.pdf I have been scouring insulation, vapor barrier and building envelope sources for months now, trying to get to truthful data I can rely […]

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Poor Project Planning Makes for Poor Results

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/01/19 @ 8:00
Poor Project Planning Makes for Poor Results

Poor Project Planning Makes for Poor Results. I am feeling WESLEY in DULUTH’s pain as he describes his situation below: “Hello! I have a question regarding insulation and condensation. The picture shows a cathedral style ceiling with 12 inches of space between the tin and bottom of framing. My plan is to use R-38 fiberglass […]

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Purlin Spacing, Wall Insulation, and Roof Sheathing

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/01/18 @ 8:00
Purlin Spacing, Wall Insulation, and Roof Sheathing

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about purlin spacing for 2×8 that span 17 feet, wall insulation recommendations, and if roof sheathing is needed for a new shop. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I need to span 17 feet with 2×8 purlins. Do I need to go 12 inch on center, or can […]

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Help! My Barndominium Vaulted Ceiling Drips

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/01/10 @ 8:00
Help! My Barndominium Vaulted Ceiling Drips

Help – My Barndominium Vaulted Ceiling Drips Reader HOMER in PIEDMONT writes: “I called in today and was referenced to send an email –  I have come across your website and have gained a vast amount of knowledge – I was hoping to get some more information on my situation – I also understand that […]

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Condensation Control, Ventilation or Insulation

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/01/05 @ 8:00
Condensation Control, Ventilation or Insulation

Most Builders Do Not Understand Condensation Control, Ventilation or Insulation Crucial to proper performance of climate controlled buildings of any sort is condensation control, adequate ventilation and insulation. Sadly, most builders do not understand how to come up with a proper design solution. Reader AARON in WISCONSIN DELLS writes: “Hello, I was wondering if you […]

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Does My Pole Barn Need a Vapor Barrier?

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/01/03 @ 8:00
Does My Pole Barn Need a Vapor Barrier?

Does My Pole Barn Need a Vapor Barrier Above the Metal Ceiling? Reader DAVID in BALDWINSVILLE writes: “I have a new pole barn with bubble vapor barrier under roof metal. I am installing a metal ceiling with R-38 cellulose in the attic. Do I need a vapor barrier above the metal ceiling? The barn will […]

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Polyiso Pole Barn Ceiling Insulation

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/12/29 @ 8:00
Polyiso Pole Barn Ceiling Insulation

Polyiso Pole Barn Ceiling Insulation Reader MIKE in OXFORD writes: “I’ve moved into a house that also has an existing 30’x40′ (uninsulated) pole barn. I want to insulate and am considering 2″ thick polyiso foam boards attached to the bottom cord of the roof truss. The roof trusses are 4′ spacing. 1) Do you feel […]

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Vinyl Backed Insulation, Post Brackets, and Rebar Hairpins

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/12/28 @ 8:00
Vinyl Backed Insulation, Post Brackets, and Rebar Hairpins

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about the availability of a tool for installation of vinyl backed insulation, pouring concrete prior to use of brackets and the limitations of “dry set” brackets, as well as setting vapor barrier once rebar hairpins have been installed. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Is there a tool […]

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Lack of Adequate Attic Ventilation

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/12/27 @ 8:00
Lack of Adequate Attic Ventilation

Lack of Adequate Attic Ventilation is Sadly Becoming a Recurrent Theme If only providers of poorly designed pole barns could be keel hauled….. Reader AARON in CASPER writes: “Hi there, I have a 40×104 pole barn. It has 16 foot sidewalls with rafters every 4 foot on center for snow load. The entire interior of […]

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Replacing Panels, Rebar in Column, and Wholesale Purchases(?)

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/12/21 @ 8:00
Replacing Panels, Rebar in Column, and Wholesale Purchases(?)

This Wednesday the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about replacing old steel panels and adding an overhead garage door, if rebar is needed in the column to collar connection of the footing, and the ability to buy rock wool insulation wholesale. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I’m purchasing a small farm in rural Missouri. It […]

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Things My Pole Builder Didn’t Discuss With Me

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/12/20 @ 8:00
Things My Pole Builder Didn’t Discuss With Me

Things My Pole Barn Builder Didn’t Discuss With Me Somehow I feel as if this should be a Jeopardy question for $400….. Reader MATT in BUFFALO writes: “Hi there, my pole barn has recently been constructed and I’m now looking forward to insulating and finishing the inside. My hope is to drywall all interior surfaces […]

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Ceiling Insulation, Truss Spacing, and Custom Multi-use Barn

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/12/14 @ 8:00
Ceiling Insulation, Truss Spacing, and Custom Multi-use Barn

This Wednesday the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about best way to insulate a vaulted ceiling, truss spacing, and the possibility of adding a small living quarter to a horse barn. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: With a vaulted ceiling, how do you insulate it if you plan to spray the tin roof with closed […]

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Think About Barndominium Insulation BEFORE Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/12/13 @ 8:00
Think About Barndominium Insulation BEFORE Building

Think About Barndominium Insulation BEFORE Building Regular readers are probably beginning to wonder why I have so many requests for information on how to insulate buildings AFTER they have been erected. Me, too. Insulation is crucial to your barndominium’s long term thermal performance. Doing it wrong can be expensive, both up front, as well as […]

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Moisture Barrier for a North Idaho Hanger

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/12/06 @ 10:20
Moisture Barrier for a North Idaho Hanger

Moisture Barrier for a North Idaho Hangar Reader BILL in SANDPOINT writes: “Hey guru! Question about insulation – moisture barrier. We are under construction on a 64×70 post frame aircraft hangar in North Idaho. The eave height is 19 feet, plus a two foot heel. There are no overhangs. Roof pitch is 3:12 and the […]

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Advice on Retro Insulating a Minnesota Pole Barn

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/12/01 @ 8:00
Advice on Retro Insulating a Minnesota Pole Barn

Advice on Retro Insulating a Minnesota Pole Barn Reader RYAN in ELK RIVER writes: “Happy Thanksgiving! I am working on insulating a pole barn that is on a property I bought. I framed between trusses with 2×6 and plywood on top. I plan to have 3″ of foam blown in. Is there anything I need […]

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Ceiling Addition, Drywall Orientation, Ridge Vent Replacement

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/11/30 @ 8:00
Ceiling Addition, Drywall Orientation, Ridge Vent Replacement

This week the Pole Barn Guru addresses reader questions regarding the ability to hang a ceiling addition in a Hansen Building, if it is better to hang drywall parallel or perpendicular to framing, and if Hansen can replace a ridge vent in Buffalo, NY DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I purchased a 25′ x 35′ kit […]

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Saving a Poorly Designed Crawl Space

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/11/29 @ 8:00
Saving a Poorly Designed Crawl Space

Saving a Poorly Designed a Crawl Space Reader GEORGE in VIENNA writes: “I am substantially replacing rotted parts of an existing building set on short 6×6 treated posts which are in good condition. above the posts it is conventional platform construction, and untreated. Unfortunately, the original builder set the building partially into the side of […]

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Not a Hansen Pole Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/11/24 @ 8:00
Not a Hansen Pole Building

From a Distance Every Pole Barn Looks About Equal Earlier this year I shared back and forth several conversations with a potential client (who eventually did not invest in a Hansen Pole Building). He shared with me photos of his brother’s beautiful new pole barn shop and intended to have one built by this same […]

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Blown-In Insulation, Uplift Plates, and Truss Spacing

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/11/23 @ 8:00
Blown-In Insulation, Uplift Plates, and Truss Spacing

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about better blown-in insulation on 3/12 pitch ceiling, a reader with uplift issues and how to prevent them, and some concerns about truss spacing at 8′ oc. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hello, I have a 30×48 pole barn with scissor trusses 6/12 outer pitch 3/12 inside […]

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Corner Trim, Metal Roof Install Issue, and Insulation Solutions

This Wednesday the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about what trim to use on building corners, an issue of installing metal to roof that is extremely out of square, and best options to insulate a building. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Good afternoon! Looking to see what trim to use on the corners? https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2015/10/horizon-steel-siding/  Sincerely, KYLEIGH DEAR […]

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Insulate a Building, Truss Carrier Bolts, and Code Standards

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/11/09 @ 8:00
Insulate a Building, Truss Carrier Bolts, and Code Standards

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about the proper way to insulate the walls of a metal building, advice on bolting truss carriers, and advice about, “building code standards for the horizontal infill framing” on a post frame building. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I would like to insulate the interior walls of […]

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Closed Cell Spray Foam Adhesion

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/10/25 @ 8:00
Closed Cell Spray Foam Adhesion

Closed Cell Spray Foam Adhesion to Dis-similar Materials Reader GREG in ASHEVILLE writes: “How long will closed cell foam maintain adhesion/air barrier function to dis-similar materials (sheet metal and lumber in the case of post frame)? I ask because my experience with foam is limited to what was sprayed beneath my floor/floor joists (estimating late […]

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Cellulose Post Frame Attic Insulation

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/10/13 @ 8:00
Cellulose Post Frame Attic Insulation

Cellulose Post Frame Attic Insulation I was a really great son-in-law. Now, gentle reader, you might ask what this has to do with cellulose post frame attic insulation? Grab a popcorn bag and follow along…. Back in 1981 I lived in a rental with my young wife and our two small children in Salem, Oregon. […]

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High-Density Rigid Fiberglass Board

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/10/11 @ 8:00
High-Density Rigid Fiberglass Board

High-Density Rigid Fiberglass Board As I am prone to do, I spend hours on the internet perusing looking for new or better products and applications. Basically – how to make a better post frame building, without hurting client’s in their pockets. Continuous insulation has become an IECC (International Energy Conservation Code) staple, with 2021’s version […]

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Moisture Reduction, Window Sizes on a Building, and Frost Heave

Today the Pole Barn Guru addresses reader questions about moisture reduction in pole barn with dirt floor, what size windows can be added to a structure, and how to eliminate frost heave. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I have a 60 x 120′ pole barn with dirt floors and an insulated ceiling 18′ high. I believe […]

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Site Prep, Proper Sheathing for home, and Jamb Latch Details

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/09/28 @ 8:00
Site Prep, Proper Sheathing for home, and Jamb Latch Details

Today the Pole Barn Guru addresses reader questions about site preparation for a post frame building, reflective radiant barrier or sheathing needed for a post frame home, and a detail for a jamb latch on a sliding door. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I been watching a lot of your videos on YouTube, I wish you […]

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Meeting IRC Slab Edge Thermal Breaks With Post Frame

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/09/27 @ 8:00
Meeting IRC Slab Edge Thermal Breaks With Post Frame

Meeting IRC Slab Edge Thermal Breaks With Post Frame Reader CHUCK in MUNCIE writes: “Morning sir, I read your link in your post about post frame buildings for barn houses… one thing I am wondering, is how does the building pass energy code for residential construction, plus the IRC talks about a building being used […]

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Insulation Options for an Idaho Barndominium

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/09/22 @ 8:00
Insulation Options for an Idaho Barndominium

Insulation Options for an Idaho Mountain Post Frame Barndominium Loyal reader LORISTON in NAMPA writes: “We are in the initial phase of preparing for our residential post frame home and are excited to partner with Hansen Buildings when ready. Thank you for all the amazing information and supporting your clients. Question: I am targeting a […]

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