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How to Finish the Interior of Your Pole Barn


Pole barns are often unfinished, but they can get cold in the winter and hot in the summer. You can control the temperature in your pole barn and make it more comfortable for working or using as a residence by finishing the interior.

Measure the distance between the studs and poles and buy enough rolls of fiberglass insulation in that width to fill the gaps. You will also need to fill gaps in the ceiling. You do not need to drywall the ceiling, but it is a good idea to insulate it. The insulation will be a little wider than the openings between the studs because there will be a lip on either side that overlaps and attaches to the studs.

Roll out the blanket insulation and use a utility knife to cut it to the appropriate length. Stuff one piece of insulation lightly into each gap and pull the thin paper edges out so they extend over the edges of the studs on the sides. Staple the lips to the sides of the studs with a staple gun and staples with a ¼-inch leg and ½ -inch crown. Place staples every four inches along the studs. Repeat with the other gaps on the walls and the ceiling. Use a ladder or place braces across the beams or joists if they are wide enough. Ask someone to help you.

Stretch sheets of insulating plastic over the insulation. It is generally white with nylon cords running through it to give strength. Measure and cut the plastic using a utility knife and staple it to both sides of the studs. Stretch the plastic sheeting lightly over the insulation so it is tight but does not compress the insulation. It is ok if the insulation bulges like a pillow. Use enough staples to secure all of the loose flaps and ends.

If you plan to use your pole barn as a home or business, you will want to cover the insulation with drywall. Place ½-inch scrap blocks on the floor to prevent moisture from touching the drywall. Set the edges of the drywall on the blocks and stand it horizontally. Butt the ends together. They will not always line up over a stud. If this happens, screw a ¾-inch piece of plywood to the back of the drywall and overlap the edge so the next piece overlaps the plywood scrap to provide backing. Then screw the two pieces together. Continue until all of the walls are covered with drywall. If you want to, you can also tape or texture the drywall.

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