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Insulating a Barn Without Removing Siding

caveeagle | Posted in General Questions on

I have a good size Barn with a loft area.  It has wood siding, but it was built with no type of plastic, or vapor barrier between the  exterrior studs and the siding.   I am in North Florida and the heat and humidity keeps me from doing much work out in the barn.  I would like to section of part of the barn and add insulation, and a mini-split A/C so I can actually work out there, and keep some scuba gear in more of a climate controlled condition.

Is there a way for me to do this without tearing all the siding off and starting from scratch?

I have not decided how I prefer to finish the inside walls,  so I am open to any suggestions.  I am primarily looking for shop space, so I would be happy with plywood or some sort of paneling for walls.

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  1. Expert Member
    NICK KEENAN | | #1

    Barns are tough, they're built to be well-ventilated.

    Could you build a "house within a house" type of thing where you build an insulated room inside the barn that doesn't touch the exterior walls?

  2. Expert Member
    Michael Maines | | #2

    Caveeagle, Martin's advice in this article will be helpful for you: I know you have sheathing, but the principles are the same.

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