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How to Insulate the Ceiling of Your Pole Barn


Insulating the ceiling of a pole barn is a relatively simple process. It can be done with insulation, plastic or vinyl sheeting, a ladder, and a staple gun.

Insulation can irritate eyes, skin, and lungs. Wear eye and breathing protection, gloves, a hat, and coveralls. Wash your clothing after you have finished insulating the ceiling of your pole barn.

Ask someone to help you install insulation. One person can stuff insulation or stretch sheeting while the other staples.

Start out by measuring the space between the rafters and buy rolls of blanket insulation in the same width. Measure the distance from one side of the wall where the wall and ceiling meet to the top of the roof on one side.

Unroll the insulation and cut strips with a utility knife to fit the required lengths. You can cut it a little longer than you need. When cutting the insulation, take into account any bracings or other design elements that might get in the way of long strips of insulation.

Climb up a ladder and start out at the tallest point in the pole barn. Use a spring-loaded staple gun with staples that have a ½-inch leg and a ½-inch crown or wider. If you do not feel safe climbing a ladder, you can put plywood across the horizontal members below the angled rafters so you can walk. You might want to use a safety harness if you are using plywood supports on top of rafters.

Fold out the paper lips on the outer edges of the insulation so they overlap the rafters on each side. Staple them to secure the insulation. Continue lightly stuffing the insulation in the pocket. It is ok if it bulges out a bit.

Place plastic or vinyl sheeting over the insulation. Use a product that is similar to a tarp and has nylon cords running through it. You can take the roll up the ladder or cut pieces if the roll is too heavy. Staple the sheeting to the joists over the insulation and stretch it tight. The insulation will bulge out. Continue stapling until the entire ceiling is covered with plastic sheeting. Cut around joints or braces if necessary.

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