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I have a new 16' x 24' A-Shed "super barn" that I'd like to insulate and drywall. My goal is to insulate the entire building (walls and ceiling) in the exact same way. Since I want to maximize my R value, I am considering adding some kind of radiant barrier or radiant insulation as well.....before adding the regular bats of R-13 fiberglass insulation. My question is this; would it be best to staple the radiant stuff against the OSB sheathing (directly against the inside surface of the wall and roof sheeting), or would it be best to fill the open stud wall cavities with the fiberglass insulation, THEN apply the rolls of radiant barrier to the interior sides of the studs instead? If the latter, then ultimately the drywall would be installed directly on top of the radiant barrier, so I'm not sure how that would work. The first options seems the most logical to me since the drywall would then attach properly on the studs, but a friend of mine suggests I will get better insulating properties, vapor sealing and ease of installation by running it over the studs instead. I hope I've explained this clearly....any info would be greatly appreciated!
 

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Thanks for the reply. I've attached a pic of the interior of my building. It is located in Arvada Colorado, in my back yard. You can see by the pic they used 2x4 framing for everything (walls and roof). My hope was to leave the collar ties you see exposed, and just go for 3.5" of standard insulation in every exposed wall/roof cavity, then face each cavity with some kind of radiant barrier before applying the drywall (Prodex?) I know this is not much insulation for a ceiling application, and I got a few bids on spray foam (SPF)...but after reading some horror stories about what happens with SPF if not applied properly, I've backed off that approach, particularly since I've heard that some of the issues with SPF happen slowly, over time (biggest issue seems to be shrinkage and pulling away from the studs and sheeting). ...and once drywall is installed, how would one know if the SPF has failed? Any comments would be welcomed!
 

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That's a good sized shed. Are you going to condition (heat and or ac) this shed? Do plan on having any venting installed? It will get hot in there without air flow.
 

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Yep, was planning to cool it in the summer and heat it (to some degree) in the winter. The building does not need to be kept at "room temp" during the winter, warmer than freezing (maybe like 55F to keep the water pipes from freezing), then I'll fire up my wood stove a couple of hours prior to being out there for the day/evening. I also am running gas to this building and will have a 30,000BTU ventless blue flame or infrared catalytic heater.

No, I have not considered adding vents. I know that the proper insulation approach for this building (given that it will be heated) would be to install soffit vents, a ridge vent and some kind of insulation spacer between the roof trusses to allow for air flow between the roof and insulation, but hindsight is always 20/20. My hope now is that I don't get too much moisture buildup in that area. The fact that I live in a fairly dry climate may help some.
 

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You need to vent that roof.

Easiest and most effective way to do it would be to attached a foil faced rigid foam to the underside of the chords of the trusses. Have the foil face the underside of the roof deck. Vent the roof. Seal all the seams and cover with a fire rated drywall.
 

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Do you hope to redirect the heat from the sun away from the building, or to try to keep the heat in? If repelling the solar heat, then the best way to deal with this is, to paint the outside silver or white. Internally, there will be very little heat radiation from your proposed system.... so both ideas are really none productive.
 

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Where would you put the intake vents? How much of an overhang do you have on the gambrel roof? Can you post a picture of the outside?
 

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There is a place to vent the roof since there is an overhang, but wouldn't I need to put a vent in for every one of those roof/ceiling cavities? Would I have major issues if I didn't vent this structure? Windows on Wash; would I attach the drywall directly through the foam board with long drywall screws?
 

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OK, well I want to do this right the first time....since it will be dry-walled. Once that's done and the place is painted/finished, I sure don't want any issues with moisture, etc. So I'll get this venting in place before I install my insulation. All; Thanks for the feedback. To answer your question Perry 525, I guess I want to keep heat in (winter) and cooling in (summer...will be installing a swamp cooler).
 
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