Pole Barn and Post Frame Building Spray Foam Insulation in Iowa

Benefits of Pole Barn & Post Frame Building Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam insulation is possibly one of the most valuable investments you could make for your home, business, storage, or barn. Pole barns and post frame buildings are no exception. There are so many benefits to insulating these structures, and with spray foam insulation you will receive so many more advantages than with other types of insulation, such as fiberglass insulation. Some of these benefits include:

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  • Noise Reduction – our spray foam reduces noise pollution such as wind and storms.
  • Decreased Energy Costs – your energy costs will decrease because our spray foam is such high quality.
  • Pest Prevention – insects and rodents can not nest in spray foam like they can in other insulation.
  • Moisture Elimination – spray foam insulation is water resistant, which eliminates the possibility of mold and mildew growth.
  • Bulk Reduction – spray foam insulation is much less bulky than other insulation options such as fiberglass.

These are all benefits you will receive you choose spray foam insulation from Iowa Spray Foam. Needless to say, this insulation option is top quality. While these may be slightly more expensive than other insulation options, it is definitely worth it. You will save money in the long run, it is just the original cost that can be daunting.

Types of Spray Foam Insulation for Pole Barn & Post Frame Buildings

We here at Iowa Spray Foam offer two main types of spray foam insulation. They both have their benefits and downfalls, but they are both better than other options. We can help you choose which one will be best for your specific structure that you want to insulate. The two types that we offer include:

Open Cell Spray Foam – this option is lighter and less dense, but it takes up more space. It costs less than closed cell spray foam.

Closed Cell Spray Foam – closed cell spray foam is more dense, but takes up less space. It costs more, but has the added benefit of being water resistant.

Contact us today to learn more about our insulation options or for a FREE estimate. We want to hear from you so you can have peace of mind. Our team of professionals is experienced and knowledgeable in all areas of insulation. Give us a call today!

Condensation Control In Metal Buildings

Condensation Control in Metal Buildings

We often have interest regarding spray foam insulation for metal buildings or pole barns due to condensation coming from the roof underside. This condensation can range from very irritating rain drops on the head to damaging very expensive equipment which can cause thousands of dollars in damage. There are many ways to fix this including spray foam insulation, but let’s first look at what is causing this issue.

The Problem

Condensation generally occurs when warm, moist air comes in contact with a cold surface. In a standard pole barn you would find on most farms across the country, the inside of a non-insulated pole barn may have a concrete floor — but most do not. So if you have a dirt floor or even a concrete floor, this is where a lot of the moisture comes from. Very few concrete floors in metal buildings have a vapor barrier installed under them.

When I say vapor barrier, the most common would be a sheet of 6mil plastic sheeting. There are many different kinds, including some with fiberglass netting that may even go up to 10 or 15mils thickness. A lot of people think concrete is waterproof but that is far from the truth. Because of stack effect, moisture is drawn from the dirt underneath up through the concrete. Concrete creates a capillary effect (to be explained in a later blog), wicking moisture through it.

The Solution

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While vapor barriers may work, you cannot install them after the concrete is poured. So to solve the problem you need to prevent the warm, moist air from reaching the cold surface.  Here comes the sales pitch! Of course insulation does the trick. And of course spray foam insulation is the best answer during construction of the building and most likely is the only answer after the building is constructed. Insulating the roof underside or the ceiling deck in an attic can stop the annoying drip problem.

Many metal building manufacturers offer varying solutions from insulation to “magic aluminum” tin foil that may or may not fix the problem. Unfortunately, many of these can and will cost more than the first choice of spray foam insulation. For more information on tin foil problems, check out our previous blog from our sister company, KC Spray Foam, on the topic.

So the next question you will ask yourself will be whether you need open celled or closed cell foam. But it’s easy: both work to solve the problem. Stopping the rain drops only takes a good spray foam contractor. Give us a call and put the umbrella away for good!