Pole Barn Insulation
Home Comfort provides Insulation Assessment, Installation & Servicing for Agricultural buildings in Bloomington-Normal, Canton, Galesburg, LaSalle-Peru, Macomb, Ottawa, Pekin, Peoria, Washington, Bettendorf, Davenport, Moline, East Moline, Rock Island – plus the surrounding areas.
Proper insulation has multiple advantages. It can help regulate temperatures inside the pole barn, make the structure safer for any animals it houses, more comfortable for people and even increase the life span of the building. Insulation can also address the two problems associated with pole barns: extreme temperatures and moisture. The vapor-retarding features of visqueen over insulation resist moisture. The change in humidity levels from inside the structure to the outside creates condensation. Without any type of condensation control, anything stored in the pole barn can be damaged by moisture accumulation in the walls and ceilings, causing dripping, rot, mold and fungus. Whether building a new building, or upgrading your existing structure, there are several options to make it a more energy efficient space.
- Fiberglass – Blanket Insulation provides a cost effective way to insulate a pole building, by reducing the load required to heat and cool the space. Home Comfort uses Johns Manville R-19 unfaced fiberglass blankets covered with visqueen as a vapor retarder.
- Hybrid – Closed-cell foam covered with fiberglass batts. This option is an economical way to get the benefit of the air sealing properties of foam, yet still utilizing the lower cost fiberglass batts. In this process, we spray approximately one inch of closed-cell foam in the exterior walls, and then cover it with the R-19 fiberglass blanket. This seals out the air infiltration areas, along with providing a very good R-value from the fiberglass.
- Full Foam – The premium option in insulating your building is to spray from 2”-4” of closed-cell foam on the exterior walls. Insulating this way provides an incredible air seal, along with one of the highest R-value you can achieve for the space.
There is also different options for insulating the roof or attic area, from the lowest cost, basic package, to the highest R-value and air sealing options.
- Blown Insulation – Home Comfort blows Johns Manville loose-fill fiberglass in any metal building ceiling. It can provide up to an R-60 in most buildings, and should be in conjunction with a ceiling vapor barrier. It can be the most cost effective way to insulate the attic space of your building. Ventilation chutes at the eaves can be installed if needed.
- Hybrid – We can also spray a base of high density spray foam on the attic side of the ceiling, again, providing that critical air seal, before blowing in loose-fill insulation on top of that. This is the best way to get the air sealing advantage of foam along with the added benefits of the higher R-value and lower cost of fiberglass.
- Foam Roof – For buildings with no installed ceiling, we can spray foam on the underside of the roof decking. This provides a thermal break from the cold/hot outside air, and the conditioned air in the building, lowering the possibility of condensation collecting on the underside of your roof. When combined with spraying foam on the exterior walls, this option provides the most airtight, energy saving building. It also allows the full storage space of the building to be used, because it has been insulated in the best way possible.
DC 315 Thermal-Ignition Barrier
We also offer a thermal/ignition barrier, a sprayed on coating to cover any exposed foam, to lessen the chance of a fire. Although the spray foam we use is a self extinguishing product, the added peace of mind when used in an environment like a workshop, around welding and such, is invaluable. DC 315 is interior ignition or thermal barrier coating for spray polyurethane foam insulation. Depending on your particular application, an ignition or a thermal barrier are required by Building Code. DC 315 is water based latex system that dries quickly and reaches maximum properties in less than 14 days. DC 315 is used over polyurethane foam to prevent surface ignition due to a flame source. This product will inhibit or prevent the start and spread of flame encountered on the surface.It is designed to be a long term protective barrier. DC 315 is a coating specifically formulated for application over spray foam insulation. DC 315 will inhibit or prevent the start and spread of flame. The coating can be used as an ignition barrier or thermal barrier depending on the thickness installed over the foam. The manufacturers of spray foam products, has performed extensive testing using DC 315 over open and closed cell foams. DC 315 is water-based paint that is typically applied with a paint sprayer, brush or roller.