Metal Ceiling For Pole Barn

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I Want to Add a Steel Ceiling. This must be my week for receipt of good questions which require lengthy answers in order to do justice to the subject. Here is another one:. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I have a 42 x 60 with insulation in walls and roof, 26 gauge metal, wood trusses, 10 feet o.c. with 2 x 6 purlins. I do furniture and cabinet work and love the insulation but would like to add the white metal ceiling, to help with the heating, cooling, and lighting.

Can I add trusses in between existing ones, and build them underneath the purlins? If so can the white metal span 5 feet for a metal ceiling? CHARLES IN BUTLER. DEAR CHARLES: I would begin by examining the truss engineering – if the bottom chord of the trusses is designed for an adequate dead load (oftentimes this will appear as BCDL on the drawings) of five psf (pounds per square foot) or more, then the trusses are probably capable of handling the added weight of the ceiling plus applicable framing.

If the truss drawings are not available, look for the manufacturer’s stamp on the trusses, it should be on the bottom chord and will give the manufacturer’s name as well as the load the trusses were designed to support.

  • Not having to add more trusses will be the far most economical and practical design solution.
  • If you are unable to contact the manufacturer, a registered professional engineer who is competent in truss design and repair should be consulted to design an engineered repair for you.
  • Could you add another truss between each of the existing ones? Sure, but it is not probably going to prove to be an easy task as they will need to be maneuvered into place.
  • The design of these headers and their connections should also be done by an engineer. If the purlins are joist hung between the existing trusses, the new trusses will have to be manufactured so as to afford you the ability to have the bottom chords of the trusses all at the same height.
  • In addition, Here are some thoughts about the use of steel liner panels for ceilings: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2013/08/steel-liner-panels/.
  • The building is 40x64' with a 12' lean-to off the back making it 52x64. The plan is to build an interior wall that will give me an unheated 40x40' space, and a 24x40' heated space.

I put 2" of foam insulation under the slab, and added 900' of Pex tubing (three loops) four radiant heat in the 24x40' space.

  • Obviously, I need to insulate the heated side, and was lucky enough to be given a big pile of 4' wide 2" thick fiberglass batt rolls.
  • I just finished hanging them between the trusses, and this brings up my next big decision.
  • OSB followed by drywall? Sanded, quality, plywood then prime and paint?
  • I've got some of the fiberglass insulation left over, but I just hate working with the stuff..Tyvek suit, respirator, safety goggles, etc is a pain.
  • For anybody interested in lighting, you can see the light I hung is a 24" LED by Lithonia from Home Depot that puts out over 11,000 lumens. That was the only light when I took the picture, and it was a pretty overcast day.

Looking to finish the interior of your pole building? Pole Barns Direct offers several options for you to consider. Metal panels installed on walls and/or ceiling (similar to exterior siding panels).

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    Typically white, but other colors are available. Metal is already finished – no additional sanding or painting required. Can be brushed or lightly sprayed off with water to clean. Reflects light for brighter work space. Not as easy to hang cabinets, etc. Noise reduction may be needed for shop-type environments with loud machinery/tools (Perforated ceiling liner can help with noise).

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    The metal ribs every 9” limit where outlets and light switches can be installed. Typically installed on walls only, with metal liner panel on ceiling (or another ceiling finish can be used). Can be painted or stained the color of your choice. Easy to hang cabinets, hooks, etc. on walls to maximize storage. Flat surface allows outlets and switches to be installed almost anywhere.

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    Provides some sound absorption for loud environments (more than metal). Needs painted/stained after installation. Not water tolerant. Not as easily cleaned. Not as durable as metal. Pole Barns Direct typically installs batt insulation in walls (R-19) and blown-in insulation in ceilings (R-30 or R-38).

  • Walls

    These types of insulation require wall and ceiling covering. There are other options for pole building insulation out there. If you choose to work with a different contractor for your insulation, be sure to let your Pole Barns Direct designer know what you’re considering – this can affect how your pole building needs to be constructed.

You can also combine more than one type of finish on the interior of your pole building. For example, you can install metal on the bottom portion of walls (similar to a wainscot look), then OSB at the top for hanging cabinets, etc.