It's not just those who farm that build pole barns, people with various trades find them great value for money. Indeed many people build pole barns and use them as garages. A pole barn (so named because its structure is made from poles and traditionally this type of construction was used to build barns) is a simple, effective, strong and resilient form of structure and the basis has been used for about a hundred years in the U.S.
Most of the pole barns you see as your drive through the country are very simple structures that often only have one or two sidings; sometimes they don't have any sidings, just a roof. This type of pole barn works just fine; it adequately protects crops and other things from precipitation or strong sunshine.
However, if you intend to use your pole barn for other purposes, you may want to enclose the pole barn; but even putting sidings on all sides won't make it very warm during the winter months. Sidings are either sheets of thin metal or wood, so the most they do is keep out the wind and rain; they certainly can't stop the cold from entering the barn.
Insulating a building does of course have another advantage in addition to keeping the cold out and the heat in, proper insulation also keeps the heat out during the summer making the inside temperature bearable. This of course is great if you keep animals in a pole barn and likewise, if the barn has people working in it then maintaining a comfortable temperature is important.
If you are going to have insulation fitted then make sure you get the correct type. If you are keeping animals inside a pole barn then you need to use what is called reflective insulation. Reflective insulation is particularly good at controlling temperatures during the summer months. It also has the benefit of reducing the amount of moisture build-up that can occur inside barns.
Excess moisture can cause condensation and this runs down walls and can collect. This damp warm and dark environment provide the perfect conditions for mold growth, but by using reflective insulation you are less likely to have the problems of excess moisture.
Fitting insulation incurs an initial outlay, but if you need to maintain an ambient temperature throughout the year then the energy savings you get will repay this cost in a few years. You will need less heat in the winter and less air conditioning in the summer.
Remember, if you are going to insulate your pole barn, don't forget the roof space. More heat escapes through the roof than anywhere else and in addition, during the summer a non-insulated roof will mean that your pole barn will heat up, even if you have plenty of insulation in the walls.
So, if you intend to use your pole barn as a functional building, such as a place of work or a place where you house animals then insulate your pole barn.
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