Pole Style Buildings – Tips for Installing Blanket Insulation
Most buildings should be insulated, and pole style buildings are no exception. Insulation in this type of building is usually even more important when it isn’t heated. Pole buildings are typically used for shops, barns or garages. They are strong and can stand up to severe weather, but they usually are not insulated unless the builder is specifically instructed to do so.
Pole Style Buildings
Pole building construction relies on large 6-inch diameter poles that are sunk into the ground on the corners and at regular intervals. Concrete is then poured for the floor to surround and stabilize the poles. The framework is similar to normal framed buildings, except that 2-by-6 lumber is used running horizontally from pole to pole, instead of vertically, as on normal framed buildings. This provides large pockets between the poles and the lumber, perfect for insulation. pole style buildings usually have a metal roof and sides, and metal has little to no insulating properties. This is the primary reason why blanket insulation is needed for pole style buildings.
Start by measuring between the horizontal studs and purchasing the appropriate blanket insulation. You will likely need 24-inch wide insulation that fits a pocket 6 inches deep. It comes in rolls. Measure and use a utility knife to cut the blanket insulation a few inches longer than you need it for each pocket between the poles. If there’s a stud or brace in the middle between the poles, just measure individual pockets or braces. Stuff the insulation into the pocket lightly, with the paper side out, and don’t compress it. There’s a small flap of stiff paper on each long edge of the blanket insulation. Fold the flaps out to overlap the stud on each side. Use a staple gun with a broad staple to fasten the paper lip to the studs, shooting the staples 6 inches apart. The staple should have at least a 1/2-inch leg with at least a 1/2-inch crown. Do every pocket the same way, including the ceiling pockets.