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03-11-2012, 10:17 PM
I was wanting to get some opinions. I havent been on much since the summer due to buying a home, remodeling etc etc lol. Heres my question: i have a 40x60 morton pole barn and am planning on insulating it and want to know some opinions on what to do. Spray foam is the best i know but soo costly. what do u all think? Second question is i think im thinking of doing the walls in 1/2 plywood, but metal is my other choice but once again costly lol. Is there any other options besides drywall. To frame the walls on 16 center to center and buy all the plywood is almost $2000 with out my insulation... Getting married the 31st and trying not to start out with her spitting fire lol
03-11-2012, 10:34 PM
First of all congrats on your upcoming marriage! I'd consider partitioning off a large single stall in your big building. My reasoning behind this is 1) you say you don't want to drop a ton of money and 2) heating only what you need next winter will cost you a fraction of what heating the whole building will cost. I guess my thought is you can only work on so much at a time...
p.s. look into OSB board instead of plywood. Looks o.k. when painted.
03-11-2012, 10:35 PM
I have seen and talked to a couple of different guys here local and they have all said the spray on foam is worth the money, even if it is expensive.
03-11-2012, 10:56 PM
Ive heard the spray on is really nice but im being told 7grand or so. I was very lucky to find a home with a large barn already just trying to figure out the best and most affordable way to go here. Thanks Fiddyfive on the congrats.. i finally found one that puts up with my cars and swap meet addictions lol
03-11-2012, 11:11 PM
Plan on running more eletric before i put insulation up. Im going to frame it all in, insulate then put up the plywood or metal, run my airlines after the fact. I have propane as heat in plans, but havent ruled out a stove. Ill be doing all the labor myself, other than the spray foam due to not having the equipment lol
03-11-2012, 11:46 PM
Several years ago I insulated my boathouse which is about the same size. With the metal sides and roof there was a lot of condensation. Almost rained inside. I got insulation from Home Depot and used T111 for the siding, inside. Used the R19 on the West end to allow for the summer heat. It worked fine and I no longer have rain inside.
03-12-2012, 12:57 AM
Best friend & I did his pole barn. Used bags of styrofoam peanuts (shipping packing) that folks in town saved for us. Gave them large trash bags & picked up 3 times/week. Poured them down into the walls. We had a solar heat collector on the south side--he bought salvaged glass from a burned lumber company--insurance co. let it go cheap. Put large rocks in the collector to release the heat so we could work at night. He got some thin fiberglass sheeting from the same ins. co.--trimmed off the singed edge and used that for the interior walls. Had a wood burning pot bellied stove with the piping zig-zagged up the north wall to get all possible heat from the exhaust before it left the building. Poured peanuts in the attic about a foot thick. That pole barn was warm in winter, cool in summer. Did use clear plastic sheeting spaced away from the glass inside the south solar heat collector (could close off to the inside in the solar/collector open to atmosphere in summer).
Look at estate sales, insurance sales, etc for leads on stuff to use.
03-20-2012, 07:03 AM
I'm a insulation contractor from up state NY, in my opinion dense packed cellulose is the way to go,you seal top plate,bottom plate,and any hole that is going to let air in!hang you board,drill 2''hole, dense pack patch holes.
I have the 2pt foam machine It's a pain in the A##.I'f any part of the operation is not 70 to 80 degrees.the foam either runs down the wall or in a few days It can separate from the wall But either way to go IF YOU STOP THE AIR FLOW YOU STOP THE HEAT LOSS
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