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Pole barn insulation

AngieHempel | Posted in General Questions on

I am building 6 stall pole barn for horses. My contractor says I need to insulate the roof with bubble wrap type insulation for a moisture barrier. This is a dirt floor barn. Not fancy. I want shelter for my horses in the hard winter and thats about it. We are already going to be over budget from the original estimate. This is a metal siding barn with metal roof and 6 clear pannels in the roof for ambiant light.  Is the insulation needed? My goal was to keep wind and rain off of the horses in Jan and Feb. The rest of the year they will be outside. This is in KY

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    Brian Pontolilo | | #1

    Hi Angie.

    I don't know much about pole barns, but I believe that condensation is an issue on metal buildings. This article may be helpful: How to Insulate a Pole Barn

    1. AngieHempel | | #2

      Thank you!

  2. Jon_R | | #3

    I've spent a lot of time in metal horse barns and never noticed condensation. Probably because they were not heated and well ventilated. You might ask some neighbors about theirs.

    The info here looks good to me:

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