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Old 02-24-2021, 08:19 PM   #1
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I'm building a barndo in Temple. I've got all interior wall insulation figured out but a still waffling on what to do on the exterior walls and roofdeck.
My initial plan was 2" closed cell on all exterior walls and 5.5" open cell on the roof deck but...
2" closed cell on all exterior walls? Too much?
1" closed cell plus 3" open cell on all exterior walls?
Is open cell ok on shop walls?
Cost per sq ft youve been seeing?
What advice for Spray Foaming a Barndo?
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Old 02-24-2021, 09:31 PM   #2
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Why would you do different types of foam?


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Old 02-24-2021, 09:39 PM   #3
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We used open cell on walls and roof...love it. Not sure why you would use different types of foam mixed together?

We went 6 inches on the exterior walls and pushing 7-8 inches on the roof.
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Old 02-24-2021, 09:42 PM   #4
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I built our barndo and went 1” closed cell and 5 inches of open cell on top of closed cell. It’s awesome. I can heat our whole house with just the fireplace. In the summer I’ve yet to have an electric bill over $200.
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Old 02-24-2021, 09:42 PM   #5
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I sprayed under roof and exterior walls with full 1 closed cell. Only drawback is moisture retention. I use an automatic dehumidifier that pumps in the drain and it works perfect to store leather goods.

In my house is sprayed 2 closed cell under the roof and went with 5 open cell in the exterior walls just for ventilation purposes.
No attic insulation due to using 3/4 tongue and groove ceilings.


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Old 02-24-2021, 09:58 PM   #6
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My understanding is Price vs R-value I guess.
2 closed cell is R14
1 closed and 3 inch open is R17 and cheaper.
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Old 02-24-2021, 10:32 PM   #7
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Go with either one, you’ll be glad you did! Good luck on the build!
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Old 02-25-2021, 12:01 AM   #8
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Your plan sounds solid.

Why two types? Open cell can hold water and rust from the inside. Closed cell wont but the R-value is pretty weak. Open cell over closed cell is the best of both worlds.
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Your plan sounds solid.

Why two types? Open cell can hold water and rust from the inside. Closed cell wont but the R-value is pretty weak. Open cell over closed cell is the best of both worlds.
Have never heard of them using 2 types of foam together. Thanks for the info.
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Old 02-25-2021, 07:54 AM   #10
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Y'all feel free to tell me I'm wrong but I believe you have the open/closed cell retention issue backwards. My last house had closed cell in the 2x4 cavities and about 6" of open cell in the attic. Open cell can sorta act like a sponge and soak up water whereas closed cell doesn't. I had no end of problems with my attic and humidity/mold and ended up having to put a dehumidifier in the attic and run it full time.

If you read the technical bulletins almost all will tell you that you have to add an additional vapor barrier in colder climates to prevent roof rot. Obviously we aren't in the coldest climates, but metal buildings sweat profusely in extreme weather changes as the metal changes temperature much more quickly than wood. ANY air leak will sweat. If I were insulating a metal building with foam, I'd follow zone 5+ guidelines and use a level 2 vapor barrier if I was doing open-cell or just stick with closed cell.

https://www.dolphin-insulation.com/b...orth-the-risk/

Here's an example from New England. Yes, I know that's way north but they have codes there that required the vapor barrier with open-cell...

Here's a more technical article from the home inspectors association. Again, they specifically recommend a vapor barrier with open-cell in colder climates.

https://www.nachi.org/inspecting-spr...-sheathing.htm

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Old 02-25-2021, 10:04 AM   #11
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I just spray foamed a metal building that is really a barndo. I put 2 inches of closed on the roof and one inch on the walls. Then he came back and put 3 inches of open on top of the closed cell in the walls. The open adds more R value and also serves as a sound barrier.
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Old 02-25-2021, 10:41 AM   #12
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Thats why I was asking. If you are spraying open cell directly
On the metal you are asking for trouble IMO.

If you arent planning to wood sheath the walls and ceiling I would definitely spray closed cell directly in the metal and then top with open cell.

I can tell you that 2 of closed cell on my well house kept my well from freezing even through we got down to -3 last well. I do not have any type of heat source in there either.

If it were my build Id probably spray 1 closed and top with enough open cell to fill your wall stud cavity. On the roof Id probably do 2 if closed cell and top with 3-4 of open.

If you plan to install wood sheathing & decking I would do all open cell.

Im really not familiar with what traditional practices are used on barndo construction.

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Old 02-25-2021, 10:49 AM   #13
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Well, I learned something new today.
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Old 02-25-2021, 02:14 PM   #14
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I’m currently building a 3064sqft barndo and most guys that I’ve received quotes from that have sprayed many barndos have told me that if I don’t have a moisture barrier that I need 1” closed cell directly to the metal before doing the open cell. Having said that in north tx a 40x60 with 14’ sidewalls and 5/12 roofpitch with 1” closed cell on all exterior walls and roofdeck with 4” open cell on walls and 6” open cell on roof deck is $14500.
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I chose roll insulation on building and open cell in living area. I really wish I had done the closed cell/open cell instead. The closed cell really gives the building support and closes it up tight. Go with your original plan.
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Main reason I wanted closed cell under the roof metal was to insure no leaks down the road and as a buffer when hail hits the metal.
My walls have OSB inside for the closed cell to adhere to.


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Old 02-25-2021, 07:05 PM   #17
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Main reason I wanted closed cell under the roof metal was to insure no leaks down the road and as a buffer when hail hits the metal.
My walls have OSB inside for the closed cell to adhere to.


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Did you do any type of wrap or barrier between the osb and the panels?
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Old 02-25-2021, 09:29 PM   #18
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Leaning strongly towards full coverage closed cell for strength and water proofing. Then adding open cell in living area walls.
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Leaning strongly towards full coverage closed cell for strength and water proofing. Then adding open cell in living area walls.


Will you have sheathing and some kind of moisture barrier in the living area walls? Or am I misreading what you are saying?


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Old 02-26-2021, 12:34 PM   #20
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We built 13 years ago and used 5-6 inches of open cell on the outer walls and 8 inches under roof... We applied directly to the metal... We have no rust or moisture issues... It looks just as it did when built... If I were to build another.. I’d do the same...
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Will you have sheathing and some kind of moisture barrier in the living area walls? Or am I misreading what you are saying?


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It should say all interior living area walls will get open cell. If a living area wall is a building exterior wall, it will get closed cell then open on top.
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It should say all interior living area walls will get open cell. If a living area wall is a building exterior wall, it will get closed cell then open on top.


What do you gain by insulating interior walls? Again I may be misunderstanding what you are saying.


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Sound barrier. Open cell is superior sound dampening. You cant hear whats going on in the next room!
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Settled... 1 closed on all exterior walls and roof. Then filling wall cavity with open cell and 5.5 more on the roof.
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Old 03-04-2021, 08:32 PM   #25
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We did 2x6 exterior walls and traditional bag insulation there, with a full 6" spray foam insulation in the rafters and gable ends. Our house is extremely well-insulated and can still "breathe" like the houses of old. Due to the spray-foam "lid,' our house never got over 55 degrees a couple weeks ago, despite being without power for four days. No frozen pipes in the attic, none of that. Spray as much foam insulation as you can afford.
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Old 03-05-2021, 01:13 PM   #26
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We used open cell on walls and roof...love it. Not sure why you would use different types of foam mixed together?

We went 6 inches on the exterior walls and pushing 7-8 inches on the roof.
This is what I did on my 2200 sq ft barndo. I did all the way to the attic and condition that as well. During the recent cold snap the temp got down to 3 degrees where I'm at. With all the power interruptions, I finally just turned off my heat pump and used a roll around propane heater to keep the house heated. It took one full 5 gallon propane tank used on and off to get me through until the weather broke. On the second coldest day, I had the propane heater on low most of the day. At 9pm, the house was 68. I turned off the heater overnight for 12 hours and at 9am, the house was still 62.

My February bill was 125.00. 9 dollars more than January. My average throughout the year for the last 7 years is 134.00. It's a pretty safe bet that you will not regret it whether you go with open or closed on the sidewalls.

Closed cell is an effective vapor barrier if you think that matters (I don't for the hill country climate).

Last points.. Closed cell on the underside of the roof panels will keep you from easily finding any leaks. Water will travel before it finds a way in. With open cell it will show itself right where it's penetrating the roof. At least that's my understanding. Make sure you use a good contractor either way. If they screw up the mixture when they spray, they create a mess that will stink and never set up correctly. And you will have a nightmare on your hands that will likely ruin your year. At least.

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