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Zip Codes, Insulation Options, and Free Quotes!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Do you do business with zip code 33478? I like to explore Pole Barn homes but with the strict hurricane code, I was not sure if you are allowed to do business with South Florida. PATTY in JUPITER FARM

DEAR PATTY: Hansen Pole Buildings has provided post frame buildings in every state of the United States, including Florida. We can design for any wind speed and wind exposure factor – of which post frame (pole barns) are particularly adept at handling.

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: We had just gotten a Cleary pole barn put up and are in the process of adding insulation. Have seen at Menards that they offer the 6″x6′ rolls and was wondering if this would be adequate for what I’m looking for. Thanks. BRAD in MCCOOK

Reflective InsulationBRAD: Not knowing anything at all about your building, or how it was constructed and what its intended use is I would have no idea if this would be adequate for what you are looking for.

Cleary Buildings typically have sidewall columns and single trusses spaced every eight feet. If this is your particular case, then six foot wide rolls of insulation would probably be far down the list of what will or will not be adequate.

If you are looking for a product which provides a high R value and reduces or eliminates air infiltration, you may want to investigate closed cell spray foam.


DEAR POLE BARN GURU: What is an approximate cost for a 60′ by 80′ pole barn at 16′ tall to be utilized for RV barn and partial 1500 sf home? KEN in SOUTHERN ALABAMA

DEAR KEN: What is the approximate cost for a new automobile?

It depends upon what you want and need to drive which will best meet your wants, needs, desires and budget. Same goes for post frame (pole barn) buildings. There is a plethora of things which need to be considered in order to even come up with a close approximation – this is why your best bet is to dial (866)200-9657 toll free and speak with a Hansen Pole Buildings’ Designer who can assist you in getting your new post frame building as close to ideal as can possibly be done.

Spray Foam Insulation: What’s the Stink?

What’s the Stink?

One popular, although expensive, method of insulating pole buildings is with spray foam insulation. Besides cost, spray foam can also bring with it problems in the form of lingering odors.  These odors are coming from a catalyst in the foam, or from foam which is off-ratio, not mixed well or sprayed too thickly.

Odors which might occur with the foam application are typically caused by either the contractor applying the foam in greater than a 2-inch pass, or applying a second pass over the first without allowing the first pass to dissipate the heat and properly cure.

The odor occurs when the foam is slightly under processed. It happens when the recommended application temperatures aren’t followed. The recommended temperature varies with the substrate and weather conditions. As an example if the recommended application temperature is 140 degrees, and spray is done at 125 degrees, a full reaction does not occur. (These are the temperatures of the product leaving the gun). In this case, the amine catalyst (which has a strong odor) does not react properly and it won’t be fully consumed. It is real stinky.

A spray foam insulation work site should be isolated with polyethylene barriers and depressurized with an exhaust fan while the foam is being sprayed.

Some believe smelly foam problems can be solved by heat and ventilating the smelly areas. Most experts advise the only way to solve these problems is to remove the bad foam from the pole building.

Even foam removal may not solve a problem with a persistent odor, however as it is thought the smell can migrate to the framing lumber.

Thinking of hiring a spray foam contractor to insulate your pole building? Find out as much as possible about their training, their certification, and their experience level. In addition to verifying the training credentials of your spray foam contractor, you should insist your contractor isolate the work area and set up a fan to depressurize the areas where foam is being sprayed.

The industry has an almost impossible problem inherent in their dependence on spray contractors who have to comply fully with all installation instructions each and every time. For instance, they may have to spray to a certain thickness, wait, and continue spraying. Contractors may or may not follow such instructions to the letter. The industry’s own guidelines call for exhaust ventilation, but this practice is widely ignored. The point is, if the spray contractors truly had to work within all manufacturer instructions and industry guidelines, it would up-price the job.

Any experienced pole building package supplier knows building materials are occasionally defective. When a damaged or defective component is on the job site, the supplier wants to be able to call up a manufacturer’s rep and have the problem resolved quickly. If this happens, the supplier becomes a loyal customer. In fact, most suppliers’ choice of door brand is based not on the door quality but on the service provided by their rep. By this standard, many spray foam insulation manufacturers are failing dismally, as the service is often less than exemplary.

The advice to spray-foam manufacturers is simple: it’s not acceptable to brush off customers with smelly foam. If these cases aren’t quickly resolved, the dead-fish smell is likely to taint the entire industry.