The Best Insulation Options for a Pole Barn or Metal Shop

Metal buildings (like pole barns and shops) are a durable, cost-effective option when all you need is a reliable structure, fast. But metal and concrete aren't exactly the coziest of materials. If you're planning on spending any significant amount of time inside one — well, you're going to want insulation.

Every metal building can be insulated using one of these three insulation materials: fiberglass insulation, cellulose insulation or spray foam insulation.

The Pros and Cons of Each Insulation Type

  • Fiberglass Insulation – Fiberglass is industry standard for a reason. It's super lightweight, inexpensive and can be applied in two forms (batt or blow-in). That said, while it's great indoors, it doesn't usually hold up around heavy outdoor winds. (Wyoming, we're looking at you.)

  • Cellulose Insulation – Sporting a higher R-value per square inch than fiberglass, cellulose insulation is generally a great insulation solution. It's also sustainable and renewable. Yay! Its one downside is a lack of density. Again, you won't get a lot of airtightness from this product.

  • Spray Foam Insulation – While spray foam is on the spendy side, it is dense, airtight and sturdy, making it practically indestructible. It's easily the best option out there. One of spray foam's greatest benefits for a metal building or pole barn is the fact that it can actually increase structural integrity by more than 150%. That's incredible!

Why Spray Foam is the Best Insulation Option for Metal Buildings

When it comes to bang for your buck, no insulation option compares to spray foam.

"Spray foam acts like a wool sweater and a windbreaker all in one. It has the highest R-value per inch, sitting at around 7.0. And the increase in strength for the building is phenomenal. If your goal is to keep cold air and moisture out, there's no better option out there."

But it's not just our team that truly believes in the quality of the product. Ken, one of our Wyoming customers, also recommends it.

"In the winter of 2018, it was -40 degrees with wind chill, but my shop was 36 degrees, with only Ward Insulation's spray foam."

Now that's impressive! Want to learn more about how we can help you get spray foam insulation in your metal building? Just call, email or chat and we'll provide you a free estimate. It's quick and easy.

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