Category Archives: Roofing Materials

Why it is Essential to Supervise Professional Installers

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/07/06 @ 8:00
Why it is Essential to Supervise Professional Installers

Why It Is Essential to Supervise Professional Installers In an ideal dream world, one would be able to hire a professional installer and know the job would be done right, without the need for hands on supervision. RYAN in ELLENSBURG recently contracted out the roof steel installation of his new Hansen Pole Building kit package […]

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Help with Instructions? Correct Frost Depth, and Nailing Schedule for OSB

Today the PBG attempts to assist with finding some instructions, the correct frost depth, and nailing schedule for OSB. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: A friend of mine gave me a cannonball track and hardware setup for my pole barn garage.  I have looked everywhere for INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS.  I cannot find anything on line.  Can you […]

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Plastic Under Roof Steel?

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/06/13 @ 8:00
Plastic Under Roof Steel?

Plastic Under Roof Steel? Reader Loren is persistent, he wanted to ask a question in regards to placing plastic under roof steel to prevent condensation, however the wonderful world of technology was making it a challenge. Thinking – Loren emailed me directly. Here are Loren’s own words: “I’ve been trying to submit a question to […]

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Standing Seam Steel Roofing Used as Siding

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/06/07 @ 8:00
Standing Seam Steel Roofing Used as Siding

Standing Seam Steel Roofing Used as Siding You ever Google something and find there is no relevant information about it? I didn’t believe it was possible until I tried a search for “Standing Seam Steel Roofing Used as Siding”. I’ll wait here patiently until you are back from trying it yourself. Not much information is […]

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How to Install a Steel Roof Over Shingles

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/06/05 @ 8:00
How to Install a Steel Roof Over Shingles

How to Install a Steel Roof Over Shingles Absolutely true story, with me as part of it! My lovely bride bought a raw weed covered property along the South Dakota shore of Lake Traverse in the early 1990’s. For a home, she had a double wide manufactured home set up on the property. A few […]

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To Learn More, A Roof Steel Replacement, and Ideal Height

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/05/21 @ 8:00
To Learn More, A Roof Steel Replacement, and Ideal Height

An Engineer wants to Learn More, Roof Steel Replacement, and the ideal Building Height to Accommodate an RV! DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I’m a licensed engineer in KY. I would like to learn more about pole barn design. Do you have any references that you would recommend? James in KY DEAR JAMES: The NFBA Post […]

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3M VHB Tape

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/05/18 @ 8:00
3M VHB Tape

3M™ VHB™ Tape Reader WILLIAM in DYER writes: “I’ve been researching pole buildings, and the weak point for putting one up seems to be the screws and washers.  Have you looked into using 3M™ VHB™ tape instead of screws and fasteners for attaching the metal exterior sheeting? What are the pros/cons of tape only? Thanks.” […]

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The Roof, The Roof… and Sheds without Sidewalls

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/05/07 @ 8:00
The Roof, The Roof… and Sheds without Sidewalls

Mike answers questions about a Roof Line, Roofing with OSB layer, and Endwall Only Sheds: DEAR POLE BARN GURU: What is the roof line style in the attached picture called? BRYAN in MARYSVILLE DEAR BRYAN: The prefabricated roof truss folks would refer to this as being a Polynesian roof – one in which the outer […]

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Lightning and Steel Covered Pole Buildings Part II

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/04/26 @ 8:00
Lightning and Steel Covered Pole Buildings Part II

The following is the second part of a two part series on the risk of a metal roof and lightning. Jump back one day to read the first segment. Jim Cunningham writes: “Lightning – like any electrical charge – seeks the path of least resistance to discharge. In CG lightning, it’s discharging into the earth, […]

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Lightning and Steel Covered Pole Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/04/25 @ 8:00
Lightning and Steel Covered Pole Buildings

Lightening and Steel Covered Pole Barns From a www.kmbz.com story of March 8, 2018 by Jim Cunningham: “Each year more than 100 people are killed by lightning in the U.S., according to the National Weather Service. Another 300 people are injured in the electrical strikes.  Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 4-10.  In most cases […]

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Radiant Barrier, Wind and Hail, and Sliding Door Parts?

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/04/09 @ 8:00
Radiant Barrier, Wind and Hail, and Sliding Door Parts?

Mike answers questions about a adding radiant barrier, wind and hail, and parts for sliding doors: DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I have an existing pole barn and want to add a radiant barrier to the inside walls before I insulate and cover the walls. Is this wise and can I use a foil that comes […]

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Reduce Heat, Garage Kits, and Updates to Aging Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/03/26 @ 8:00
Reduce Heat, Garage Kits, and Updates to Aging Building

Reduce Heat, Garage Kits, and Updates to Aging Building DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I’m looking to build a 40×48 monitor style barn with a 16×48 loft in the center. I don’t plan to heat or cool the loft but would like to reduce the heat in the summer. My first plan is to use a […]

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Cool Metal Roofing

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/03/16 @ 8:00
Cool Metal Roofing

Cool Metal Roofing for Post Frame Buildings Energy efficiency has leaped to the forefront of concerns for owners of new post frame buildings. Using cool metal roofing for post frame buildings can assist new building owners in reaching their goals. What is a Cool Roof? A cool roof is one which strongly reflects sunlight and […]

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Sliding Doors, Roofing Tar on Posts? and Condenstop!

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/03/12 @ 8:00
Sliding Doors, Roofing Tar on Posts? and Condenstop!

Sliding Doors, Roofing Tar on Posts? and Condenstop! DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I have an arena with 12×12 openings at each end. I want to find a rolling door solution. I would like to have 6.5” doors that open left and right. I’m also interested in finding a door solution that instead of tan metal […]

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Plans only? Girts Placed Correctly, and Sheeting

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/02/19 @ 8:00
Plans only? Girts Placed Correctly, and Sheeting

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hi, do you sell pole barn plans without material kits? I’m interested in pricing a set of plans from you and procuring my own materials. If that’s a service you can provide please let me know. I’m looking to get a plan set for a 40’x45′ pole barn. Thank you, DAMIEN in […]

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Spray Foam Insulation, Steel Roofing and Corrosion

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/02/09 @ 8:00
Spray Foam Insulation, Steel Roofing and Corrosion

Hansen Pole Buildings’ Designer Rachel recently had an interesting discussion with a client. The gist of the discussion was the client had heard spray foam insulation will corrode the steel and void the warranty of the steel. Rachel did some research and found this article: https://www.greenhomeguide.com/askapro/question/can-i-apply-spray-foam-insulation-directly-to-the-underside-of-a-metal-roof. When I added the external elevator shaft to the […]

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Considering a Pole Barn, Roof Loads, and Proper Ventilation

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/01/29 @ 8:00
Considering a Pole Barn, Roof Loads, and Proper Ventilation

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Good morning. I am considering building a pole barn on our land in northwest Georgia and wanted to know the following: 1) On your website, you list links for residential, agricultural, and commercial buildings.  What is the difference between a those three types of buildings?  Are they different because of design […]

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Minimizing Condensation When Building Over an Existing Foundation

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/01/26 @ 8:00
Minimizing Condensation When Building Over an Existing Foundation

Minimizing Condensation When Building Over an Existing Foundation Reader ROSS writes: “Hello, I have a question about venting of my building. I currently am in the process of building a shop myself. I had an existing foundation of 75 x 42 that had 8ft concrete walls all the way around. I’m building my building on […]

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A Retro-Fit, Truss Support? and Sliding Door Installation

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/01/22 @ 8:00
A Retro-Fit, Truss Support? and Sliding Door Installation

The pole barn Guru looks at a Retro-Fit, truss supports, and installing a sliding door. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I have a question about Retro-Fit insulating my pole barn. I live in Southwest Michigan and bought my house with an existing 40’x60′ building, just used for storing farm equipment before I acquired it. Steel roofing […]

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Tear Down to Rebuild? Bay Spacing, and Condensation Problems

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/01/01 @ 8:00
Tear Down to Rebuild? Bay Spacing, and Condensation Problems

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hello, I am going to tear down a 30x40x10 pole building to rebuild on my property. I noticed that the trusses are spaced 10 feet apart and are set on the 6×6 pole that has been notched. With no header board. This is an all metal building. Was wondering if this […]

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How to Insulate My Post Frame Garage

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/12/20 @ 8:00
How to Insulate My Post Frame Garage

How to Insulate I fear “how to insulate my post frame (fill in the blank)” is going to be my most answered topic for the next decade. Energy efficiency is the “hot” topic right now and sadly there are more folks trying to solve what they already have, than there were those who planned for […]

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Insulation Shows at Edge of Roof- Inside Closure Fix

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/12/15 @ 8:00
Insulation Shows at Edge of Roof- Inside Closure Fix

The Insulation Shows at the Edge of My Roof- Inside Closure Fix  Reader LARRY in SPRINGTOWN writes: “We bought a Mueller building and hired their recommended installer. The roof went on yesterday. They did not use closure strips at the eaves so the insulation is visible on the outside of the building under the panel […]

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Pole Barn Bid, A1V Barrier, and Definitions

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/11/27 @ 8:00
Pole Barn Bid, A1V Barrier, and Definitions

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am bidding on a simple 80×140 pole barn with 12′ sides. I can’t come up with something reasonable. What would you bid. I need help. Last time I did it wrong and it hurt financially. Thanks. JASON in MINBURN DEAR JASON: As you probably found out on your last post […]

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How to Properly Insulate between Roof Purlins

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/11/03 @ 8:00
How to Properly Insulate between Roof Purlins

How to Properly Insulate Between Roof Purlins Efficient climate control is becoming the buzz term for post frame construction. A challenge occurs when clients look to insulate between their roof purlins. Reader JOHN in COVINGTON writes: “I am building an all wood pole building. The purlins are 2x8s. I want to insulate the walls and […]

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What Thickness OSB to use Under Shingles

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/10/25 @ 8:00
What Thickness OSB to use Under Shingles

What Thickness OSB to Use Under Shingles Reader JOSH in POST FALLS writes: “My pole building is going to have asphalt shingles. I know how much you dislike shingles vs a metal roof, but the garage needs to match the house. My question is what thickness of OSB should I use? I saw 7/16″ in […]

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Ridge Cap Replacement, Floor Plans, and Pole Barn Pics

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/10/23 @ 8:00
Ridge Cap Replacement, Floor Plans, and Pole Barn Pics

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: My poly ridge cap needs to be replaced because it was leaking due to cracks. I want to replace it with a metal ridge cap. The purlins spacing specified for a poly ridge seems to be a little too far apart for supporting a metal ridge cap. Is this going to […]

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Roofing Before Siding

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/10/12 @ 2:00
Roofing Before Siding

Roofing Before Siding If I am not mistaken, somewhere in the not too distant past I have expounded upon how I know a particular builder is or was a stick frame builder. How can I tell? The giveaway is they feel compelled to build the walls before the roof. I’ve listened to many experienced post […]

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Rusted Roof on Pole Barn

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/09/22 @ 8:30
Rusted Roof on Pole Barn

Rusted Roof on Old Pole Barn Reader DAVE in GRANDVILLE writes: “I have a technical question. I have a older Hansen pole barn that previous homeowners had built. Guessing 20yrs old +/-. Roof is showing approx 75% rusted with no paint left and all steel on bld. is 50% gone as well. I’m looking to […]

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Post Frame Public Library

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/08/31 @ 8:00
Post Frame Public Library

In Bend, Oregon, Hacker Architects, out of Portland, Oregon, designed a library with wooden beams similar to pole barns in the area. Hacker is an architecture firm which has designed over 30 libraries in the U.S. In my humble opinion, rather than trying to give the “feel” of a pole barn, libraries would be best […]

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Fiberglass Panels, Accurate Info, and Truss Bracing!

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/08/07 @ 8:00
Fiberglass Panels, Accurate Info, and Truss Bracing!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I have four skylights with old fiberglass panels that are in need of being replaced. I doubt the design of the panel can be matched easily but am wondering if I send you a piece of it if it can be. I understand the way to go is with a polycarbonate, […]

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Dricon Fire Retardant Treated Wood

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/07/14 @ 8:00
Dricon Fire Retardant Treated Wood

Hansen Pole Buildings’ Managing Partner Eric had messaged me this morning to ask if I had ever heard of FRT lumber for roof trusses.  While I had never (in my days in the truss industry) manufactured any trusses using Dricon® Fire Retardant Treated (FRT) wood, I am familiar with it. Whether you’re using plywood or lumber, […]

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Steel Roof Needs Repainting

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/07/07 @ 8:00
Steel Roof Needs Repainting

Reader BRAD in SEATTLE writes: “My 30×48 pole building is about 25 years old, and the roof looks in need of paint. Some small scratches and corroded patches near the gutter rail. I have pressure washed with pretreating bleach solution. That removed the green pollen/algae patches around the roof. I live in the Seattle area.  I wonder about […]

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Perfect Pitch, Added Expense, and Endwall Roof Leak!

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/06/26 @ 8:00
Perfect Pitch, Added Expense, and Endwall Roof Leak!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Could you tell me the pitch of the roof…for small pole barn…..front wall is 10 foot high…back wall is 8 foot high…rafter span is 13 feet. HERBERT in HAMPTON DEAR HERBERT: Roof slopes are expressed as the number of inches of rise per 12 inches of run. 24 inches of rise […]

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Screwed Up! A Poor Installation.

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/06/23 @ 8:00
Screwed Up! A Poor Installation.

The photo you are witnessing happens to be an example of a poor installation job done by a “professional” builder. I use the term professional here in quotes, because anyone who is being paid a sum of money (or perhaps receiving a horse in trade) in exchange for providing a service could be deemed as […]

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Loosening Roof Screws

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/05/16 @ 8:00
Loosening Roof Screws

Help! My Roof Screws are Loosening! Our office gets all sorts of phone calls. Besides those clients who are potential investors in new post frame buildings, there are those who have made mistakes (or had builders make them on their behalf) and are looking for fixes.     One call came in earlier this year […]

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Other I.C.C. Benefits

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/03/21 @ 8:00
Other I.C.C. Benefits

My last article discussed Integral Condensation Control (I.C.C.) solutions for steel roofing. When Hansen Pole Buildings’ Designer Dave Gross constructed his own post frame building, I convinced him to utilize I.C.C. for his roofing. A testimony to how much he liked it – virtually every building his clients have invested in since has I.C.C.!  Reduced […]

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Design for Spray-Foam, Sonotubes, or Proper Fasteners!

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/03/20 @ 8:00
Design for Spray-Foam, Sonotubes, or Proper Fasteners!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: My name is Wade, I purchased the design and material from Hansen for my pole barn this past year. It is a 64×64 Pole Barn. My question is, what’s the best way to insulate with the wall girts being horizontal and at an odd measurement on center? Thanks WADE in HILLSBORO […]

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Integral Condensation Control

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/03/17 @ 8:00
Integral Condensation Control

Integral Condensation Control (I.C.C.) products are manufactured and distributed with trade names such as Condenstop (which I have written about previously: http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2014/07/condenstop/) and Dripstop. Here are a few words on Dripstop, recorded live at the NFBA Expo held recently in Nashville, Tennessee: I.C.C. provides drip prevention which is integral to steel roofing and is aimed […]

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OSB Under Steel Roofing On Pole Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/03/01 @ 8:00
OSB Under Steel Roofing On Pole Buildings

Almost anything can be sold as a benefit… Most post frame buildings are sold to the unsuspecting or ill-informed client based upon a set of features. These features may or may not have an actual benefit to the long term performance of the building. What is most unique is – the sales person often has […]

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R-50 Insulation?

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/02/27 @ 8:00
R-50 Insulation?

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Did I read on this web page that there is a installation product that is one inch thick with a R rating of R-50? DELLA in DALLAS DEAR DELLA: Unless I am mistaken, I believe your question is about insulation, rather than installation. Yes, there is such a product. Here is […]

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Blog Entries Lead to Post Depth Question!

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/02/20 @ 8:00
Blog Entries Lead to Post Depth Question!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Good morning. I have been reading the various blog entries for several days, regarding pole barn construction.  I have been in contact with your design professional, but I a question that I thought might be a question that could possibly benefit others with a similar situation. I am in the process […]

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Remodel: Gutters and Snow Brakes

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/02/10 @ 8:00
Remodel: Gutters and Snow Brakes

One of my Facebook friends, Scott, has recently been doing a house remodel on a home he purchased in Spokane, Washington. He has been good about posting progress photos, until today when he posted a non-progress photo. The casual article skimmer will notice the photo and perhaps think this “gutter on the ground” issue must […]

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A Serious Case of Roof Steel Leaks

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/01/26 @ 8:00
A Serious Case of Roof Steel Leaks

This is one of those “Dear Pole Barn Guru” letters which I feel bad for the client in having to answer. The client has paid good money to have his new post frame building constructed, only to have installer challenges render the end result as far less than ideal. For your reading pleasure: DEAR POLE […]

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Not All Pole Barns Are Designed to Code

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/01/25 @ 8:00
Not All Pole Barns Are Designed to Code

Not All Pole Barns Are Designed to Code Mandated Wind Loads Photo by Lewis Geyer, Longmont Times-Call Debris are all which remains of a pole barn formerly belonging to Tom Bennett of Berthoud, Colorado. According to Berthoud Fire Chief, Rob Stumpf, their office received a call about 9:15 on Monday morning, January 9, 2017 to […]

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Concrete Considerations from the PBG!

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/01/23 @ 8:00
Concrete Considerations from the PBG!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Is concrete included in price? TRACEY in SUMTER DEAR TRACEY: No, we do not include concrete in the price and here is why: Most familiar, as well as most available is the Sakrete® general purpose High Strength Concrete Mix. When mixed per the manufacturer’s instructions, this mix affords a compressive strength of […]

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Taking the Air Out of Inflation

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/01/20 @ 8:00
Taking the Air Out of Inflation

Welcome back, loyal readers. The first timers amongst you will want to jump back and read yesterday’s article, so today will make sense. Or as much as any day can make sense! First, as promised, the difference in buildings over 26 years of time (not just the price). Method of Pressure Preservative Treating Wood – […]

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Consider Post Frame for New Home!

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/01/16 @ 8:00
Consider Post Frame for New Home!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Good morning. My name is Thomas and I am with xxxxxx; we manufacture metal roofing and siding and based out of Tennessee. I wanted to ask you a few questions to gain some information. First, my wife and I are starting to look at metal building for our new home, is […]

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Snow Sliding off a Roof

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/01/13 @ 8:00
Snow Sliding off a Roof

Snow Slides Off Roof – Kills Child I’ve recently been searching the pages of the IBC (International Building Code) for a section which I was just certain I had viewed in an earlier Code edition – preventing accumulated snow  sliding off roofs, in particular at door openings. I even went so far as to post […]

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Maximizing the Metal: Why all Metal is Not Created Equal Part III

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/01/12 @ 8:00
Maximizing the Metal: Why all Metal is Not Created Equal Part III

Yesterday I shared a portion of Sharon Thatcher’s article on how painted steel panels need to be handled with care. The article also touches on the differences in paint, and which ones are the longest lasting. Here is Part III. The final segment of Sharon’s story, as can be read in the September 2016 issue […]

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The Importance of Paint!

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/01/11 @ 8:00
The Importance of Paint!

Maximizing the Metal: Why Not all Metal is Created Part II This article, by my friend Sharon Thatcher, was originally published in the September 2016 issue of Rural Builder magazine and appears unedited. To continue from last Friday: THE IMPORTANCE OF PAINT While paint doesn’t provide any structural value, it certainly does add value to the end […]

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Maximizing the Metal: Why Not All Metal is Created Equal Part II

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/01/10 @ 8:00
Maximizing the Metal: Why Not All Metal is Created Equal Part II

This article, by my friend Sharon Thatcher, was originally published in the September 2016 issue of Rural Builder magazine and appears unedited. To continue from last Friday: THE IMPORTANCE OF PAINT While paint doesn’t provide any structural value, it certainly does add value to the end product. Unpainted panel still has a big audience, but painted coil […]

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Maximizing the Metal: Why all Metal is not Created Equal

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/01/06 @ 9:00
Maximizing the Metal: Why all Metal is not Created Equal

This article, by my friend Sharon Thatcher, was originally published in the  September 2016 issue of Rural Builder magazine and appears unedited. I’ve opined upon many of these areas in previous articles, however here Sharon ties it all together: You may be the best builder on the planet, but if you use inferior products your stellar reputation […]

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Calling for the Wall Steel Stretcher

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/01/05 @ 8:00
Calling for the Wall Steel Stretcher

Calling For The Wall Steel Stretcher In our last episode, the dilemma of how to get a smooth roof plane was solved, to the apparent joy of all involved. However up cropped a new challenge, contributed to by us however pretty much on the builder and this is why. You may recall the eave height […]

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When the Truss People Do the Dog

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/01/04 @ 8:00
When the Truss People Do the Dog

Yes, it happens. My long time readers will recall I owned two prefabricated light gauge metal plate connected wood truss plants in a not too distant past. And yes – this may come as a surprise – truss people are not perfect. In this particular case, we had set out what we needed explicitly as […]

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Cost Savings of a Crawlspace vs a Slab!

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/12/12 @ 8:00
Cost Savings of a Crawlspace vs a Slab!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am building a pole barn 50 foot clear span wide, and 70 foot long, 16 foot to the eve. I am using 4×4 metal uprights on 20 foot spans, red iron purlins and stringers, and 4×4 metal welded all around the top. I am using conventional wood trusses engineered for […]

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Misguided Stick Frame Builder

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/10/05 @ 8:00
Misguided Stick Frame Builder

Few things drive me nuts more than self- serving advice columns. In my humble opinion, if one is offering advice as an expert in a construction field they should be open to a plethora of possible design solutions. The following article appeared October 1, 2016 at www.kpcnews.com and is copied in its entirety without edits: […]

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StealthBond© Glued on Roof Steel

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/06/17 @ 8:00
StealthBond© Glued on Roof Steel

Glued on Roof Steel (Reprised) Earlier this year I wrote about a situation where a client glued on his roof steel (http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2016/03/glue-roof-steel/). Well, it turns out our client was merely 30 years ahead of his time (think Back to the Future)! Please read on……. The StealthBond© concept began during a dinner conversation with Florida roofing contractors […]

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Steel Roofing: Screw in the Flats or the High Ribs

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/05/19 @ 8:00
Steel Roofing: Screw in the Flats or the High Ribs

It was a pleasant October evening back in 1985 in Blacksburg, Virginia. My friend Dr. Frank Woeste was then a professor in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech (officially Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) and he had invited me to teach one of his classes for a day, in exchange […]

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Emseal ® Self Expanding Sealant Tape Closures

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/03/31 @ 8:00
Emseal ® Self Expanding Sealant Tape Closures

The Hansen Pole Buildings warehouse is an older pole building, which did not have closures under the ridge cap. To compound the problem – the ridge cap was nailed on! Luckily, one of the products we sell is an Emseal ® AST expanding foam closure strip which comes in a very thin roll, but expands […]

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Glue On Roof Steel

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/03/24 @ 8:00
Glue On Roof Steel

For those of you who didn’t follow closely, 1985’s film classic, “Back to the Future” included characters named Otis Peabody and a son Sherman, as a tribute to cartoon hero Mr. Peabody who appeared in the late 1950’s animated series Rocky and His Friends and The Bullwinkle Show. The WABAC machine was a central element […]

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Straight Roof Steel Overhangs

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/02/18 @ 8:00
Straight Roof Steel Overhangs

In 1980 I was working for Lucas Plywood and Lumber in Salem, Oregon. Besides managing their prefabricated metal connector plated roof truss manufacturing facility, I also sold kit packages for pole buildings. The same summer, one of my clients was a gentleman from Portland named Tony Storm, who ordered a garage which he and his […]

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Outside Closure and Vented Closure Installation

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/11/27 @ 8:00
Outside Closure and Vented Closure Installation

This is more about the amount of detail which is incorporated into the Hansen Pole Buildings’ Construction Manual, than it is about the installation of outside closures, read below, and then I will explain why. “Place a Ridge Cap piece centered on building peak. Make a pencil mark at lower edges at both building ends, […]

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Ridge Cap Foam Closure Strips

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/11/25 @ 8:00
Ridge Cap Foam Closure Strips

There are lots of little pieces involved when it comes to the assembly of a pole building, which the average lay person would have little or no knowledge of. Some of them don’t make a difference until the lack of them (or their failure to perform) becomes apparent. One of these unsung heroes is the […]

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Steel Roof Service Life 60-Plus Years

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/11/24 @ 8:00
Steel Roof Service Life 60-Plus Years

We, in the industry, have always known intuitively of the superior lifespan of steel roofing, as opposed to other material types. Now there are studies which back up what we already knew. Researchers from the Metal Construction Association (MCA) hosted an educational session sharing the results of the association’s breakthrough study on the service life […]

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Ten Tips for Planning a Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/07/29 @ 8:00
Ten Tips for Planning a Building

Planning a Building – guest blog by J.A.Hansen I am the principle owner and CEO of Hansen Buildings – offering to give Mike a day off from writing a blog. Over the years I’ve done just about everything at Hansen Buildings, including shipping (setting up the original shipping department), ordering materials, writing parts of the […]

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Pole Barn Roof Leaks

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/06/29 @ 8:00
Pole Barn Roof Leaks

Welcome to Ask the Pole Barn Guru – where you can ask questions about building topics, with answers posted on Mondays.  With many questions to answer, please be patient to watch for yours to come up on a future Monday segment.  If you want a quick answer, please be sure to answer with a “reply-able” […]

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Triple Wall Polycarbonate Panels

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/01/30 @ 8:00
Triple Wall Polycarbonate Panels

There is never a dull moment in the post frame (pole) building industry. Clients are seemingly forever asking for new and different products to incorporate into their structures – which keeps life very, very interesting. Hansen Pole Buildings recently had an inquiry from a client who wants to construct a greenhouse 24’ wide by 30’ […]

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Dear Guru: Where Can I Get FRP?

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/07/21 @ 8:00
Dear Guru: Where Can I Get FRP?

Welcome to Ask the Pole Barn Guru – where you can ask questions about building topics, with answers posted on Mondays.  With many questions to answer, please be patient to watch for yours to come up on a future Monday or Saturday segment.  If you want a quick answer, please be sure to answer with […]

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Ondura

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/07/10 @ 8:00
Ondura

Ondura® We’re always looking for new and different products to solve unique situations. One of those interesting challenges has been roofing which has Florida approvals, as most steel roofing has not been tested, so does not have approval numbers. Attractive and affordable, the Ondura® Corrugated Asphalt Roofing System is ideal for a variety of applications, including […]

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Nailing Steel Roofing on Pole Barns

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/05/09 @ 8:00
Nailing Steel Roofing on Pole Barns

When I was a “newbie” to the pole building industry, pretty much everyone was nailing steel roofing and siding using ring shank nails with a neoprene washer beneath the head. In theory it was all great and wonderful. In reality there were some issues: No matter how expert the hammer swinger was, there is no […]

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Your Pole Building Roof and Insurance

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/01/24 @ 8:00
Your Pole Building Roof and Insurance

To a property and casualty insurance company, the roof is the most important part of your pole building. Why? Because it’s the gateway to far greater damage claims once it’s breached. “The roof is the first layer that wind, hail, wildfire and other hazards really begin to act on,” says Tim Reinhold, chief engineer at the […]

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Dear Guru: How Can I Add a Vapor Barrier Now?

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/01/06 @ 8:00
Dear Guru: How Can I Add a Vapor Barrier Now?

Welcome to Ask the Pole Barn Guru – where you can ask questions about building topics, with answers posted on Mondays.  With many questions to answer, please be patient to watch for yours to come up on a future Monday segment.  If you want a quick answer, please be sure to answer with a “reply-able” […]

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OSB versus Plywood

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/10/31 @ 8:00
OSB versus Plywood

Plywood or OSB; OSB or Plywood? Oriented strand board (OSB) long ago became the market leader, in relationship to plywood. As much as 75% of all sheathing is now OSB, thanks mostly to cost conscious buyers. OSB versus Plywood Prices Prices for commodities like structural panels are notoriously volatile, and plywood can often be nearly […]

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Roof Replacement – Steel Roofing

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/05/15 @ 8:00
Roof Replacement – Steel Roofing

Roof Replacement – Steel Roofing Insured thunderstorm losses are much higher than they have ever been, and there is no sign they will return to lower levels any time soon.  Moreover, the current state of the insurance industry—from the focus on heavy marketing to standard replacement cost coverage on roofs—exacerbates these losses, creating a real […]

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Metal Roofing Vs. Mother Nature

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/04/25 @ 8:00
Metal Roofing Vs. Mother Nature

Largely excerpted from an article in “Metal Roofing” on March 13, 2013 by Jim Austin Roofing battles Mother Nature’s most physical and visual weapon    Metal roofing stands up to the forces of nature as well as or better than any type of roofing material. When it comes to roofing, Mother Nature doesn’t play favorites when she unleashes […]

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HotEdge

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/04/09 @ 8:00
HotEdge

It isn’t very often I really go out of my way to say nice things about products I have never tried, but this is going to be an exception. I have a steel roof on my house (surprise, I know). It is a gabled roof with a “T” off one side, and two full hipped […]

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Polymer Roofing Tiles

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/03/07 @ 8:00
Polymer Roofing Tiles

Many people are not aware pole buildings can be roofed with any roofing material which can be used on any other structure. While through screwed steel roofing is going to be the most economical and durable solution, some circumstances dictate other choices from an aesthetic standpoint. DaVinci Roofscapes introduced polymer roofing tiles in June of […]

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Roof Leaks: Another Case for the Barn “Detective”

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/01/31 @ 8:00
Roof Leaks: Another Case for the Barn “Detective”

The story you are about to read is true, only the names have been changed, to protect the innocent. Now my name isn’t Friday, and today is Thursday. A busy Thursday, just like most, with the phones ringing and everyone scurrying to assist with clients. An incoming caller reported a “crime”. They had purchased a […]

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Roof and Gutters Warming up to Ice and Snow

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/01/30 @ 8:00
Roof and Gutters Warming up to Ice and Snow

Warming up to Ice and Snow Ice and snow build up in pole building rain gutters and along eave lines can cause ice dams. Ice building up along roof and gutters can cause water to back up under roofing, causing serious damage to the building’s interior. In some instances, ice buildup along eaves can put […]

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Vapor Barrier – An Unforgiving Pole Building Mistake

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/12/04 @ 8:00
Vapor Barrier – An Unforgiving Pole Building Mistake

One of the beauties of post frame (pole barn) construction, is they are very forgiving during construction. A virtual plethora of errors can be made, and overcome, leaving a fine looking and well-functioning building. There is one error, which is one of advance planning rather than installation skill, which is not so easy to rectify. […]

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Drip Stop

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/11/13 @ 8:00
Drip Stop

When the temperature and humidity conditions reach the dew point, moisture can condense on the underside of steel roofing. This condensation has the potential to cause water damage and other problems inside of pole buildings. Some of the Hansen Pole Buildings steel suppliers are now offering an internationally patented CCM (Condensation Control Membrane) which can […]

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What House Wrap is Good For

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/11/12 @ 8:00
What House Wrap is Good For

Over the past three decades, house wrap has become a staple feature on millions of buildings. Wrapping a wood framed building in a protective envelope is a good building practice which helps combat a building’s worst enemies: water, moisture and air infiltration. House wrap behind a building’s siding is an excellent secondary defense against the […]

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We Ran Out of Insulation

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/09/04 @ 8:00
We Ran Out of Insulation

Most of the steel roofed pole buildings supplied by Hansen Buildings include a reflective radiant barrier between the roof purlins and the roof steel to prevent condensation issues. Interested in more information on this product? Visit our page on the reflective radiant barrier difference. Surprisingly (or not surprisingly) very few DIY building owners ever run short of […]

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This is a Test: Steel Strength

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/08/17 @ 8:00
This is a Test: Steel Strength

Once again, we hop in the “Way Back Machine” and visit what to some might be viewed as ancient history. Sometimes in life – to know where we are, it is important to know where we came from. After selling my first post frame building business, M & W Building Supply, to Jim B. in […]

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Ice and Water Shield

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/07/10 @ 8:00
Ice and Water Shield

Steel roofed post frame buildings are not required to have ice and water shields installed beneath them (International Building Code – Section 1507.4).  However for most other types of roofing it is definitely a consideration, or even a requirement. IBC Section 1507.2.8.2 requires ice dam protection in areas where the average daily temperature in January […]

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Cool Roofs

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/06/19 @ 8:00
Cool Roofs

I’m not talking about roofs that look “cool”. Cool roofs are the roofs which deliver both high solar reflectance and thermal emittance. Solar reflectance is the ability to reflect the visible, infrared and ultraviolet wave lengths of the sun, reducing heat transfer to the building. Thermal emittance is the ability to radiate absorbed, or non-reflected solar energy. […]

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The Grandparents Pole Barn: Leaky Ridge Caps

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/05/25 @ 8:00
The Grandparents Pole Barn: Leaky Ridge Caps

Justine is one of the Project Coordinator’s at Hansen Pole Buildings. Earlier this week, she emailed me this: The pole barn we have at our farm (obviously built by my bf’s grandparents) has issues.  When it snows or rain it leaks along the ridge from one end to the other.  Needless to say I have […]

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Thermodynamics and Reflective Radiant Barriers Part I

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/04/16 @ 8:00
Thermodynamics and Reflective Radiant Barriers Part I

A reflective radiant barrier inhibits heat transfer by thermal radiation. It does not necessarily protect against heat transfer by conduction or convection.  Why do you need to know about reflective radiant barriers?  It could mean thousands of dollars saved over the years for heating/cooling, in what you choose for not only roofing materials, but more […]

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Solar Panels with Metal Roofing

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/02/01 @ 8:00
Solar Panels with Metal Roofing

With the latest technological advancements, innovations, and commercially viable implementation of thin-film solar roofing technology, we can now benefit from solar roofing products which offer revolutionary simplicity. Thin-film solar panels are light-weight, easy to install and can last a long time, requiring no penetrations to your roof. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. One of the […]

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Solar Panels & Shingles: Not a Marriage Made in Heaven

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/01/31 @ 8:00
Solar Panels & Shingles: Not a Marriage Made in Heaven

An increasing number of new pole building owners consider installing solar roofing panels in order to harness solar energy and generate electricity for their new buildings. The traditional approach was based on installing heavy crystalline solar panels on top of an asphalt shingle roof. Shingles are an oil based roofing system with a relatively short […]

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Skylights

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/01/30 @ 8:00
Skylights

A request we receive frequently is for skylights to be installed in the steel covered roofs of our pole buildings. My first thoughts go back to a building I worked inside of over the winter of 1980-81. About 20 years old, the building had a steel roof with numerous fiberglass (actually Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic or […]

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Why Steel Roofing?

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/01/19 @ 8:00
Why Steel Roofing?

My grandparent’s lake cabin was nearly 75 years old when the cedar shake roof finally gave out in the 1980’s. With the quality of cedar shakes down and the price high (besides the dangers of a wooden roof in a forest) the solution became clear – painted steel. In the woods, the non-combustible feature alone […]

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Stitch Screws: What do they do?

Posted by polebarnguru on 11/12/23 @ 8:00
Stitch Screws: What do they do?

Seeing as it’s Friday, I’ll give you a “shorty” today.  At the beginning of this year my bride and I visited a horse barn facility in Florida we sold fall of 2010.  This was a huge building and although our programs calculate just over a 5% overage cushion for screws, we really went heavy on […]

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