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I just purchased a house with a 40x24 pole barn. It has a metal roof on purlins. Between the purlins and the roof is a white foam insulation, ~1/4" thick. I plan on insulating the interior by adding a vapor barrier at the ceiling, securing steel panels, and then blowing insulation into the attic. I'll also be adding a more free-flowing ridge vent to keep the area properly vented.
Do I need to remove the 1/4" thick white insulation that is between the purlins and the steel roofing? Is this providing any benefit? I'm concerned about moisture buildup between those surfaces as it is not a tight gap.
I would remove it, based on your plan. I agree, it could trap moisture and then lead to condensation.
Thanks, is a thermal break of some sort needed or will the air flow from the soffit vents prevent condensation?
I would suggest a vapor barrier behind the ceilings. As far as a thermal break, the vented airspace will serve as that. Let me know if you have something else in mind. Thanks!
Thanks much Todd, great information!
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