Is there a cost effective way to Weather Proofing An Old Barn?

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Posted by: from Ottawa
12/2/2019 at 6:42:05 PM

Is there a cost effective way to weatherproof and insulate a part of my barn (I want a work shop and will have a wood stove). It's a century building with vertical boards (lots of gaps in them). I'm preferring not to cover up the vintage old boards. TIA!

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Date/Time12/3/2019 at 9:29:29 AM

The only inexpensive way is like the old days and if you're in a burn you could use hay. I know there's a mixture to use with it you might want to contact I trusted Pro insulation contractor in your local area. As long as you put a 6 mil Vapor Barrier up on the warm side the inside of the barn it would help

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Matthew in San Jose
Date/Time12/5/2019 at 7:31:51 PM

If you have concrete in the barn (stamped concrete is often misidentified as other materials like wood or brick), the concrete can be repaired and finished with a silicon sealant.

While you may assume your barn has no concrete, it's important for you to know how to identify stamped concrete (and all barns are different, although I concede many don't have concrete in them or on the floor even). This is because drainage issues, as well as freeze/thaw cycles can end up breaking your floors and walls and in time they could even end up waterlogging the wood making up your barn.

Also, stamped concrete can be made to look like wood... consider that investment as far as the floors go, since it'll look and feel like wood, only with stamped concrete it is capable of maximal weather-proofing.

Just my passing advice. Hope that helps in some small way.


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Date/Time12/8/2019 at 11:38:05 PM

Hi Jeremy....

"Cost effective" is relative to your expectations (always a dangerous term). Do it cheap, compromise R value & longevity = cost effective.

Or pay a premium rate for premium results that increase R value, thermal break and life span = cost effective.

I always prefer the latter.

Best of luck....

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