If you like to spend a lot of time in your wooden barn working or just getting away by yourself, you need to make sure you stay comfortable by not getting cold or wet. Follow the tips below and you can spend as much time as you want in your barn.
if your barn does not have heating, you can hire an HVAC technician to install a heating system for you.
A forced air furnace is a good choice. This heating system distributes heated air throughout the barn. The air travels through ducts, and then is expelled through a vent. You may have one vent or several, depending on the size of your barn. There are different types of forced air systems. For example, they will use either a hydroponic coil, heat pump, electric furnace, or a gas furnace. The HVAC technician can help you determine the best option for you.
If you do not want to install a heating system, you can use portable heaters, such as a space heater.
You can also choose an infrared heater, which uses radiant heat. If you are not sure what radiant heat is, think heat coming from your oven after you have baked something, heat coming from a fireplace, or the heat you feel when you are in the sun. All of these are types of radiant heat. In most cases, an infrared heater is installed on the ceiling, and it directs heat downward to a specific area. For instance, you may want the area that you usually work in heated.
Check the Roof
Make sure the roof on your barn is water tight. Checking it yearly can help prevent expensive repairs. Instead of climbing up on the roof, use a pair of binoculars to look at it closely. Pay attention to the flashing, and any valleys, eaves, or ridges, where ice and snow tend to accumulate. Look at the shingles to make sure there are none that are broken or missing.
Inspect the roof from inside the barn. Look for any pinholes of light, or during a heavy rain make sure you see no moisture.
If you notice problems, you may want to have the roof replaced. When doing so, you have many types to choose from including:
- Wood shingles
- Asphalt shingles
A roofing contractor can go over these roofing materials so you can determine what will work best for you.
Now that your barn is dry and warm, think of other ways to keep you more comfortable.