barn insulation

  • Insulating Agricultural Buildings with Reflective Foil Benefits Livestock Health and Productivity

    Heat Stress Affects Livestock Production

    Neglecting to insulate livestock barns, pole barns, chicken houses or hog runs compromises the health and fertility of your livestock as well as the stability of agricultural buildings. Especially important to effectively insulating barns is making sure to use the right kind of insulation designed to reflect radiant heat, prevent condensation and moisture from promoting mold growth and maintain a temperature range optimal for the life your animals and the life of your barn, coop or run.

    What is the Black Globe Effect?

    Agricultural industry experts have recently discovered a natural phenomenon that detrimentally affects livestock if they are allowed to absorb excessive amounts of solar heat. Deemed the "Black Globe Effect", this phenomenon inflicts a definite stress factor correlating to the cost inefficiency or efficiency of weight gain in cows, chickens and other meat-producing livestock. In fact, results of studies examining livestock living in barns insulated with reflective foil bubble and radiant barrier insulation found that these animals exhibited maximum body weight, increased milk production and better mortality rates in comparison to livestock living in uninsulated environments.

    Whether livestock are in barns or grazing, they tend to absorb greater levels of radiant energy emitted by the sun when the temperature exceeds 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Affordable reflective foil bubble insulation has been found to be the best method to use for insulating barns and preventing radiant energy from inhibiting livestock productivity.

    Reduce Energy Costs By Insulating Agricultural Buildings

    Radiant barrier insulation reflects indoor heat back into a building's space to create a comfortable living area for livestock and provide energy savings during extreme weather. In addition, reflective foil insulation meant for agricultural use contains non-toxic additives that inhibits flammability by resisting and stopping the progression of heat extremes.

    Advantages to Insulating Pole Barns

    Pole barns are growing in popularity because they are affordable and easy to build. However, their metallic constitution makes it necessary to insulate pole barns with reflective foil insulation so that enormous amounts of heat absorbed and emitted by the metal does not get trapped inside the barn. Instead of packing the walls and roofs of pole barns with bulky, impractical insulation that needs replaced frequently and acts as a magnet for fungus growth and nesting rodents, invest in lightweight, pliable, easily installed reflective foil bubble insulation.

  • Insulating Side Walls - Pole Barn Insulation

    Inside Girt Installation Method - Pole Barn Insulation

    Outside Girt Installation Method - Pole Barn Insulation There are many ways to install insulation in post and beam buildings. We recommend three ways to install our InfraStop® pole barn insulation in side walls.

    For new construction, you can install the material either the outside or inside the girt method. The inside the girt application method is also used for hanging insulation after the barn is constructed. Insulation is ran vertically or horizontally from pole or post and attached directly to the girt.

    For horizontal installation it is optimal to have the edges of the two pieces of insulation to meet directly on the girt. For vertical installation this is not as important because you are attaching every several feet perpendicular to the girt. This makes taping the seams easier, ensuring you are creating a good vapor barrier.

    The outside the girt installation method is only available during new construction, before the metal walls are up. The insulation is applied to the exterior of the posts and girts. The metal siding is then attached directly to the girt over the insulation.

    These are two basic methods to use when installing our pole barn insulation in your post and beam or pole barn project.

    Click on the images to view specific installation instructions. As always, please contact us anytime at 1-800-871-0410 for questions regarding your projects.

  • Pole Barn Insulation: Installing After Barn is Complete

    Foil Insulation Roof Install - Bottom of PurlinMany barns are insulated at the time of construction. This is generally the fastest way to install insulation as there is little or no obstructions and the insulation can be installed in conjunction with the rest of the barn.

    But what do you do if you want to add insulation later? Don't worry, this post will spell out some basics and get you on your way to an energy efficient barn.

    Let's first deal with the ceiling or roof. You have two options to hang insulation. You can install the insulation underneath the purlins as in the first picture or underneath the trusses as in the second.

    The deciding factor to work around the purlins at the rooftop level or a relatively easy install under the trusses may come down to your climate and whether you are going to heat the barn. See our older post on Barn Insulation: Finding the Right Type.

    Regardless of your decision, both of these methods are high performing places to install our InfraStop® pole barn insulation due to having two airspaces in both installs.

    Foil Insulation Ceiling Install - Bottom of TrussTo install on the bottom of the purlins, run the material down from the ridge pole to the top of the sidewall where the truss and top wall plate meet, covering and stapling the ridge pole and the top plate at the side wall. Tape all butt seams with reflective foil tape ensuring a proper bond occurs.

    Installing under the trusses is faster. If you have 24" or 48" spacing between trusses, you can install directly to the bottom cord of each truss. If not, nail 1" x 2" furring strips to the bottom cords running perpendicular to the trusses on 22" centers. Install 24" or 48" insulation. For both installs, staple approximately every 4" and tape all seams, again ensuring a proper bond.

    For the walls, run the material inside the girts stapling the material to the girt itself. The insulation can be installed horizontally or vertically. If installed horizontally the insulation can be ran across the face of the girts, stapling to the side/face/side and continuing to the next girt in line. Again, tape all seams ensuring a good bond.

    Foil Insulation Side Wall Install - Inside GirtsTo attached interior paneling, run 1" x 2" furring strips to the girts over the insulation. Attach interior panel to the furring strips.

    Reflective insulation, with its relative low cost versus traditional insulation types, and solid performance can make a big impact on your comfort by providing a barrier to either keep heat in or out. Installing InfraStop® creates a radiant barrier and a vapor barrier to help control heat and moisture to prolong the life of your barn and its belongings.

  • Barn Insulation - Finding the Right Type for You

    There are so many products available these days.  Choosing the correct products when determining what barn insulation to use is no different.  We find it helpful to look at specific details of your barn to determine what insulation to use.

    The first question is, where are you?  What state do you live in?  Understanding your local climate is the first criteria in understanding your insulation solutions.  It is no wonder residential code construction in the south for example comprises of 2 x 4" construction.  In the North, it is 2 x 6". This has nothing to do with strength and everything to do with wall thickness.  In the North, the code requirements for fiberglass insulation are designed for a 5 1/2" batt.  Conserving heat is of prime importance during the heating season in the North.  Wall construction is changed to allow for the insulation to fit.  This change does not help homes in the South because the heating season is considerably less and the low temperatures, although cold by southern standards, are balmy for the North.

    The second question is, what are you using your barn for?  Barns are built for many different reasons and they are used for a wide variety of applications.  Are you going to heat your barn? Are you concerned about solar heat gain?  These questions help determine the correct barn insulation for you to use.

    Or maybe you are concerned about or are experiencing condensation.  Condensation is a main concern in metal buildings and pole barns with metal roofs.  Condensation inside a building happens when dew point is reached.  Metal roofing material, although inexpensive and strong, is a poor insulator and very conductive.  This means the temperature of the metal roof on your barn in the winter is going to be fairly close to the actual outside temperature.  Condensation can happen when the inside warmer air comes into contact with the cold metal material.  If the humidity level and temperature extremes are right, moisture will occur.

    From this information we can start to draw some conclusions.  Let's make up a barn to show some practical examples.  For an insulation choice, we will choose our InfraStop® insulation.  When installed correctly InfraStop® is a vapor barrier and will create a thermal break to alleviate any condensation concerns.

    Now, let us say our metal building is located in Texas.  Most of it is warehouse or storage with a small area for an office.  Let's only heat the office infrequently in the winter.  What should we do?  We would install our InfraStop® underneath the roof joists or over them for new construction.  We would also install it across or down the side walls.  We would frame in the office area and insulate the walls and ceiling with fiberglass insulation and line the exterior or warehouse facing walls and ceiling with reflective insulation as well.

    What will this do?  First, it will block most of the heat entering the building that is radiating through the metal roofing and walls.  This will help cool the building down.  Because you are paying to heat the office and it's a small area, fiberglass insulation is used in addition to reflective foil insulation.  This will ensure trapped air and limited air movement to help in the cold months.  The radiant barrier is added to keep the warehouse heat out should you want to use air conditioning in the summer.

    Let us now say we have a pole barn in Wisconsin.  We are using the area as a shop and are heating it via a wood stove during the day.  We know our barn is getting hot in the summer but our main concern is keeping in some of the heat generated by the wood stove.  For this application, we would again use our InfraStop® insulation but move its position in the building.  Instead of putting the material underneath the purlins we could move the material to underneath the trusses.  This would significantly decrease the amount of cubic space to be heated and would reflect the heat from the wood stove back into the room. You will still get the benefit of blocking overhead heat during the hot months.  If you wanted the insulation at the roof level, either above or below the purlins, it will work but there will be more cubic feet to heat.

    Hopefully these two examples get you thinking of your type of barn, its location, and its use.  When you look closely at your specific needs it is easier to determine what type of barn insulation will accomplish your building's goals.

  • Insulation Stop Launches New Pole Barn Insulation System

    Insulation Stop, the nation's leading provider of radiant barrier and bubble foil insulation is pleased to offer the InfraStop® Pole Barn Insulation System to its customer base. This pole barn solution allows consumers the ability to insulate their pole barn or post frame building.

    The choice on how to insulate a pole barn or post frame building and which product to use is widely debated. Moisture and air infiltration as well as site specific considerations need to be determined. Fiberglass insulation has proved largely ineffective in insulating these areas. InfraStop® Pole Barn Insulation System was designed to provide one effective material for all applications.

    "Common new construction and retrofit applications this system covers include the roof and walls as well as under slab if one is present in two interior colors, foil and white.  Foil insulation performs exceptionally well in these applications. One reason is its resistance to moisture. Barns and post frame buildings are prone to condensation", stated Nick Semon, owner of Insulation Stop.

    "In heating seasons, radiant heat escapes through the walls and ceilings of your building. This can be especially wasteful if you are using an expensive fuel source. The foil insulation blocks this transfer of heat and reflects it back toward the interior space. The same concept applies in the other hotter months. The foil insulation blocks the transfer of radiant heat generated by the sun reflecting this heat before it enters your building. A radiant barrier, by definition blocks the transfer of radiant heat. Using reflective insulation in any application in this system is a great, low cost investment to reduce your heating costs."

    For more information on radiant barrier and reflective foil insulation, please visit InsulationStop.com.

    Nick Semon is co-owner of Insulation Stop. They offer individual and bulk orders of U.S. made radiant barrier and reflective bubble foil insulation products for commercial and residential use. The company is committed to offering extensive knowledge on the use and application of its reflective insulation products.

    Click here to view the original Pole Barn Insulation System press release.

  • Sale on Insulation for Metal Buildings and Barns

    For the next 3 weeks we are offering our Tempshield™ reflective one side single bubble foil insulation at unbelievably low prices. This reflective one side, white on the other bubble insulation is the perfect low cost insulation for your steel, metal building or pole barn.

    At either 500 or 750 square feet rolls, our Tempshield™ foil insulation allows you insulate like a pro In fact some metal building installers only use single bubble.

    Our low, delivered price is your best solution for low effective, fast installing insulation for your out-buildings. Shipping is included on all orders at the InsulationStop. All of our insulation is made right here in the United States and is the best bubble foil insulation available. Lead time from point of order to delivery is 5-6 business days. Click the links to view the product sale.

    $106.00 per/roll delivered - Single Bubble White Reflective Insulation: 48" x 125' (500 square feet) $155.00 per/roll delivered - Single Bubble White Reflective Insulation: 72" x 125' (750 square feet)

    Thanks for shopping at the InsulationStop, your leader in radiant barriers and reflective bubble foil insulation.

  • Steel & Metal Buildings: Airpace Requirements for Reflective Insulation

    Reflective insulation requires an existing airspace on one side of the insulation in order to work properly as a radiant barrier. This airspace may be small but it is essential. Foil insulation used without an airspace, as in under concrete insulation for example cease being a radiant barrier.  You still get some insulation value but it's in the form of a thermal break, not a radiant barrier.

    Tempshield double bubble reflective both or reflective one side products have been tested in various metal building applications and achieved various r-values depending on the installation.

    Please take a look at our metal building insulation airspace page where you can find the required airspace, application, and r-value for all of your barn insulation needs.

  • Barn Insulation and Fuel Sources

    One of the most enjoyable things about our job is we offer products to consumers that save them money. Insulation. Everyone needs insulation to some capacity. I bet the people who make and sell great winter coats like the fact they offer a good product at a good price.

    This post is about a conversation we had with a potential customer who is looking to insulate his on slab pole barn and wanted to create a finished insulation system. He already has single bubble reflective one side in the rafters but that is the extent of his barn insulation. He is interested in insulating the side walls and running a second layer of material across the bottom of the trusses effectively creating a ceiling 12' high.

    What is interesting in talking to the customer and about his specific building is that he wants to be able to keep the building at mid 40° F hopefully 50° F when the outside temperature is -10° F during a Montana winter.  If this was a residential house without any other insulation with a residential heating system in Montana, this would be financial suicide. You would be essentially paying your local utility company extra money because you are way under insulated for your climate and preferred heating temperature.

    But, if this is your shop and you have a good heating system installed and access to resources like firewood in this case, reflective insulation is an easy low cost alternative to spending a lot of money on insulation. You only need to pay a lot for insulation when you have to pay a lot to heat or cool your building.

    In this customer's case, insulating the sidewalls will finish his insulation system. Basically, sealing the building is the first, best step to heat retention. Lowering the insulating space by running insulation across the bottom of the trusses and creating a ceiling as the customer suggested will also be helpful. The nice thing is the customer can insulate the sidewalls first and add the second layer overhead at a later date if they feel it is required.

    It is always important to understand your goals and costs when evaluating how you should insulate your buildings. Looking closely at your usage, heating costs, insulation costs, and lifespan you will own the building will give you a good idea of how much you should pay for insulation. Looking at a particular project in detail is always helpful in demonstrating how effective and cost effective using our or any insulation will be.

  • Reflective Foil Barn Insulation for Post Frame Buildings and Pole Barns

    Pole barns are great low cost buildings.  They are extremely durable making them ideal for all types of uses.  If you heat your building or have animals inside that generate heat, our insulation is perfect for you.  It's low cost, lightweight and safe to handle, and installs quickly.

    We sell the world's best quality Tempshield™ brand reflective cellular insulation.  Offered in both white on one side or foil on both sides you can pick up some great insulating value.  We are the internet's lowest cost provider for the best quality foil insulation and reflective bubble foil insulation.

    Tempshield is made right here in the USA.  The pricing you find on our sites is your cost delivered right to your door.  Shop around if you must, but you won't find a lower delivered cost anywhere.  And, we’re serious when we say we supply the best material. If you require samples please let us know.

    We've also created a Post Frame and Pole Barn Insulation store for you to shop for your outbuilding's insulation.  Take a look at the various applications to see which one is correct for you.

    Whether for pole barn sidewalls or ceilings or other outbuildings like hog runs, chicken houses or horse stable, we have a roll size for you.  You'll find custom sizing capabilities for large jobs that can dramatically cut down on your installation times.

    Order online or call us today.  Thanks for shopping at the InsulationStop Stores, your leader in rFoil™ radiant barrier and Tempshield™ reflective foil cellular insulation.

  • Buy Insulation for Metal & Steel Buildings Online

    Metal & Steel Barn Insulation at InsulationStop.comYou choose to insulate a metal or steel building for several reasons. The main emphasis is to keep the inside temperature comfortable for both the heating and cooling seasons whether the building is designed for humans or livestock.

    A correctly insulated metal or steel building slows down heat transfer and stops drafts in both hot and cold climates.

    As these structures are excellent in their cost and ease of installation they are also prone to condensations issues. Insulation is the major factor in condensation control and there is no better insulation for your metal or steel building than reflective foil insulation.

    Maintaining consistent indoor temperatures using foil insulation and correct ventilation will protect not only the building itself for years to come but also any equipment or agricultural products you choose to house or store inside.

    The best insulation for metal and steel buildings is reflective foil because in one product it provides thermal insulation, a radiant barrier, and a vapor barrier to eliminate condensation. Foil insulation is made in either a foil/foil or foil/white configuration that provides an attractive finish and enhances the aesthetics of your building and improves the lighting. It is used for all aspects in the construction; under walls, under roof decking, under floors, and around ducts and pipes.

    Foil insulation consists of two layers of foil or one layer of foil and one white layer (poly) with a layer of single or double bubbles at its core. Reflective foil insulation uses trapped air space as part of its design to slow the flow of convective heat, the same way fiberglass insulation works.

    Heat gained through radiation is responsible for 65-85 percent of all the heat transferred through the walls and roof. Aluminum, the second most reflective material behind gold, reduces radiant heat transfer by as much as 97%. Because of this, foil insulation is extremely effective against radiant heat transfer because it reflects almost all of the invisible radiation striking the surface and emits very little heat that does conduct through it. The result is your building does not get as hot in the summer and keeps warm air in during the winter.

    Perhaps the best reason to use reflective foil insulation in your metal or steel buildings is to help control condensation. Water vapor will condense inside a building whenever it contacts a surface that is cold enough. Through the heat transfer process of conduction, this air will lose heat to the cold surface. Condensation occurs when the air reaches its saturation point. (The cooling air lowers the dew point and relative humidity increases until the saturation point where condensation occurs.)

    Moisture in metal and steel buildings is present for many reasons. Humans and especially animals give off considerable amounts of water through breathing and perspiring. Heating through the use of gas, oil, and propane also give off significant amounts of moisture through the combustion process. Exposed earth also gives off a tremendous amount of moisture because the soil is exposed to the air. Freshly poured concrete is another major source of large amounts of moisture. Correct insulation and ventilation is needed in all of these circumstances or moisture may become an issue.

    Moisture and condensation can either be exposed or concealed. Exposed condensation is when you can see moisture appearing on the inside surfaces. This is generally present on windowpanes or purlins and results in dripping water. Installing reflective foil insulation reduces the cold surfaces where condensation is likely to occur. Providing correct ventilation to exchange the indoor moisture rich air with outdoor air will reduce the amount of condensation in your building. This is accomplished generally through the use of circulating fans. The addition of a vapor barrier under the floor will also greatly help to reduce this issue.

    Concealed condensation is more difficult to control and can cause more damage than exposed condensation. This occurs when water vapor has passed through the insulation and condenses on the metal surfaces of the roof or exterior wall or inside the insulation. The best way to control this is during the construction of your building making sure to have proper roof ventilation and a tight vapor barrier.

    Preventing concealed condensation is the most important component in the health of your metal or steel building. Using vapor barriers are critical. A vapor barrier will significantly reduce the movement of vapor transmission. Foil insulation has a perm rating of 0.05 which makes it an excellent vapor barrier. It's waterproof and when correctly installed can reduce or even eliminate condensation. It doubles as your wall and roofing insulation and vapor barrier all in one product. Because the material does not absorb moisture it will not mildew, rot, or promote fungus growth.

    For these reasons, traditional fiberglass batt insulation is not recommended for metal or steel buildings. Instead of warm air rising and striking the metal walls and roof directly and causing condensation and dripping, the insulation with its design makes the air cool gradually. The warmer, moist indoor air will cool and reach its dew point either somewhere inside the insulation or when it reaches the roof or walls trapping the moisture. Any moisture increase severely decreases the R-value and effectiveness in fiberglass insulation because water is also an excellent conductor of heat. And even though the metal in a steel building is treated, water trapped in or between the insulation will over time cause rust and oxidation or mold and fungus growth. All these conditions will degrade the steel walls and shorten the service life of the building.

    Benefits of Using Reflective Foil Insulation

     Up to R-14.5 thermal resistance
     Extremely strong and durable
     Lightweight and flexible
     Thin and can be used effectively in small spaces
     Easy to install
     Requires no special installation tools or clothing
     Easier to cut than fiberglass insulation
     Can be stapled, nailed, or glued
     Non hazardous/Non-Toxic/Non-carcinogenic
     Provides good soundproofing
    Excellent temperature range -20C to 80C, even higher with an airspace
    Vapor Barrier, waterproof, non-absorbent
    Radiant Barrier, reflects 97% of radiant heat
    Does not promote growth of mold, fungus, or mildew
    Does not provide nesting of birds, rodents, insects
    Used in animal confinement to reduce the "black globe effect"
    Provides Class 1/Class A fire rating
    UV resistant
    Withstands fluctuations in outdoor temperatures

    Reflective Insulation Compared to Other Insulation Types

     Reflective insulation has higher R-values than any other type of insulation per inch. 1/4" thick foil insulation has more insulation value than 6 inches of common fiberglass insulation.
     Aluminum foil insulation is the only type of insulation that reflects radiant heat. Traditional fiberglass insulation has no effect on the transfer of radiant heat. Estimates are that between 80% and 90% of radiant heat that strikes fiberglass insulation will pass right through it. Reflective aluminum, the main component in foil insulation is an excellent radiant heat barrier, which reflects up to 97% of radiant heat striking the material.
     Reflective foil insulation is the only type of insulation that can be used as a vapor barrier. All other insulation types require the addition of a separate vapor barrier to prevent moisture accumulation in the walls and ceilings that causes rot, mold, fungus, and dripping water.
     Reflective insulation will not compress or absorb moisture, all conditions that seriously degrade the performance of batt and blanket insulation systems.

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