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Open Heart Ranch Wedding Barn

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/12/12 @ 8:00
Open Heart Ranch Wedding Barn

Vista View Events at Open Heart Ranch Wedding Barn, Just outside of Rifle, Colorado (https://vistaviewevents.com/) Photo: Vista View Events Rather than being my usual verbose self today, for your viewing pleasure please join in this short video from the Vista View Event page and the Open Heart Wedding Barn: https://vimeo.com/245834338 And yes, the Open Heart […]

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Vapor Barriers for Slabs on Grades

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/11/14 @ 8:00
Vapor Barriers for Slabs on Grades

Our gracious thank you to Lisa Richards for this guest blog post. Vapor Barriers for Slabs on Grade Pouring a slab on grade is a common way to lay a sturdy floor or foundation where a basement or crawlspace is unnecessary. However, concrete slabs are vulnerable to moisture from the ground. That’s why, in most […]

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Top 500 Inclusive American Businesses!

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/10/31 @ 8:00
Top 500 Inclusive American Businesses!

Hansen Pole Buildings Made the List of 2017’s Top 500 Inclusive American Businesses   OMNIKAL, the nation’s largest, inclusive business organization, built to empower all entrepreneurs, has recently acknowledged Hansen Pole Buildings, LLC as one of America’s “Top Businesses” for 2017.  This exclusive ranking is a reflection of Hansen Pole Buildings’ overall vision, leadership and […]

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Turf Sweating, A Post Frame Addition, and A Grow House

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/10/30 @ 8:00
Turf Sweating, A Post Frame Addition, and A Grow House

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hello, I am from Webster SD and I built a pole barn and insulated it.  I then put turf above gravel floor and use it for a indoor baseball practice facility.  It can be heated as we have heaters in there.  We have a huge problem and was wondering if you […]

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Wind Speed and Air Density

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/10/26 @ 8:00
Wind Speed and Air Density

Today’s Lesson: Wind Speed and Air Density There are sometimes I get reminded I really do not know very much. This question from a client reinforced this reminder: “I have an engineering question. The wind speed is 159mph but what do you use for density? At almost 8000ft. altitude the air density is very low […]

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Wrapped the Wrong Way, Services, and Ceiling Liners

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/10/16 @ 8:08
Wrapped the Wrong Way, Services, and Ceiling Liners

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I bought a home that has a newer pole barn (40×56, laminated 6″x6″ posts 8′ o.c…. 12′ walls) and the entire barn is wrapped with bubble wrap between the metal and perlins / girts. Would it be acceptable to frame 2×4 walls, and place bat insulation in the stud spaces? I […]

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Building Houses, Siding Options, & Construction

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/10/09 @ 8:00
Building Houses, Siding Options, & Construction

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Do you build houses from the ground up? ERIC DEAR ERIC: We are not contractors, so we do not build anything for anyone anywhere. Our post frame building homes are designed for the average person who can and will read instructions to successfully construct their own home – even without the […]

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Post Size? Convert to OHD? & Cleaning Dirty Vinyl

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/09/25 @ 8:08
Post Size? Convert to OHD? & Cleaning Dirty Vinyl

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Do you have to use the same size posts on the end walls even if it is non load bearing? so if I use 6×6 posts that hold the trusses can I use smaller lumber on the non load bearing ends? Thank you. CAMERON in BOISE DEAR CAMERON: This is why […]

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Replacing Siding, Adding Roof Steel, and Sliders

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/09/04 @ 8:00
Replacing Siding, Adding Roof Steel, and Sliders

  Replacing siding, roof steel, and Sliding door install. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Greetings! We are planning on replacing a large portion of the siding on the south side of our home with Corten steel (7/8″ corrugated) as part of an exterior remodel. Up here at 8,500 ft elevation we get very strong sun.  Should […]

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Condensation Control, Home Plans, and Grade Changes!

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/08/21 @ 8:00
Condensation Control, Home Plans, and Grade Changes!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: If I put double bubble under metal on roof for condensation control, then insulate bottom chord of trusses with white vinyl faced insulation , will this create a problem if I ventilate attic space ? Thanks. SCOTT in DUNLAP DEAR SCOTT: You actually have several things going on here. First, single […]

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Plasti-Skirt

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/08/16 @ 8:00
Plasti-Skirt

My now 23 year old daughter Allison sent me this meme once. I found it quite appropriate for self use when I mentioned a product in yesterday’s article which I had never written about. From Homework Design, the makers of Plasti-Sleeve® Post Protectors is another innovation towards post frame building longevity – the Plasti-Skirt. Plasti-Skirt […]

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The Case of the Termite Shields

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/08/15 @ 8:00
The Case of the Termite Shields

When it comes to post frame building construction, I know a little bit about a lot of things. I get asked a lot of questions about how to solve post frame building challenges and do a pretty fair job of answering them. When I do not know an answer I feel confident in, I have […]

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A Door Guide with a Roller, When to Pour Concrete, and Bedrock Anchors!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am looking for a bottom guide for a sliding barn door. I was hoping to get a guide with a roller vs. just a roller. I noticed some guides trap the roller in a channel on the bottom of the door. I would like to know if you have that […]

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To Retro-fit Sliding Doors, Insulation, or Windows!

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/06/05 @ 8:00
To Retro-fit Sliding Doors, Insulation, or Windows!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I have an existing pole barn with a rough opening and I want to retro-fit a sliding door over it to block wind and rain. If I can supply you with the rough opening dimensions, can you quote the parts kit to assemble a metal frame and hangers that I can clad […]

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Commercial Girts Best for Drywall, Site Prep, and Condensation

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/05/08 @ 8:00
Commercial Girts Best for Drywall, Site Prep, and Condensation

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I’m considering a pole barn for my residence but had a question about the girt placement between posts. I read in the FAQ section that they are placed like shelves between posts. Would it be possible to mount drywall directly to these for interior walls without additional bracing or building of […]

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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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Barn Doors? Houses? Materials!

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/01/09 @ 8:00
Barn Doors? Houses? Materials!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Where can I find barn doors, sliding steel style? They have no internet presence, or else there is a secret name for them. Thank you! BONNY in FRANKFORT DEAR BONNY: If you are in search of a steel covered, metal framed sliding door (which is what the huge majority of sliding […]

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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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Clear Span Width, Interior Sliders, and Roof Quote!

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/01/02 @ 8:03
Clear Span Width, Interior Sliders, and Roof Quote!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: What is the widest free span I can get in a pole barn? I live in zip 54474 for snow loads. Needs to have a door opening of 14′. LES in ROSHOLTDEAR LES: It would be very practical to have a clearspan of up to and including 80 feet. In some […]

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The Right Size, Connection, and Foundation!

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/12/19 @ 8:00
The Right Size, Connection, and Foundation!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am considering using pole barn construction to add on to an existing metal building I have I also already have a 24×34 foundation were I want to put the add on. This will be a residential building. Would you recommend using drill in slab brackets to connect the post to […]

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Design Review is Important Component!

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/12/08 @ 1:09
Design Review is Important Component!

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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Dear Pole Barn Guru: Interviewing Contractors

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/11/14 @ 8:00
Dear Pole Barn Guru: Interviewing Contractors

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am a registered professional engineer and I am interviewing contractors on behalf of your customer to erect a 88×120 pole barn.  Do you have a list of questions you suggest asking? Also, do you have a practical method for squaring up the building?  JOHN in CARY DEAR JOHN: Here are […]

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Dear Pole Barn Guru: Does steel come precut?

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/09/05 @ 8:00
Dear Pole Barn Guru: Does steel come precut?

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am looking for a price on double sliding doors that have an opening of 15’ wide x 12’ tall.  I have attached some pictures for clarification.  I also need to know if these doors can be mechanically opened as well as manually opened.  Can someone give me a call to […]

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All Columns Are Not Created Equal

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/09/01 @ 8:00
All Columns Are Not Created Equal

Back in 2000, I had the pleasure of working with Dale Schiferl when we were both with Gruenwald Engineered Laminates, Inc.™ (http://gruen-wald.com/) , manufacturers of (among other things) glu-laminated columns for post frame (pole) buildings. Dale and I both moved on, Dale to open Timber Technologies, LLC, the manufacturer of Titan Timbers™. Dale and his […]

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Andy Rooney’s Words on Barns

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/08/24 @ 8:00
Andy Rooney’s Words on Barns

The late American radio and television writer Andy Rooney joined CBS television in 1949, however is probably best known for his end of the show segment on the CBS News program 60 Minutes, “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney”, which appeared from 1978 to 2011. Andy had a few words on barns, which I will […]

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Dear Pole Barn Guru: Service Area

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/08/15 @ 8:00
Dear Pole Barn Guru: Service Area

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Do you folks do business in Canada? Thanks JOANN IN THE GREAT WHITE NORTH DEAR JOANN: We do not ship to Canada, however you and our other Canadian friends can pickup buildings at any of our distribution points along the southern side of the border. All of our buildings will be […]

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Why DIY Clients Do Great Work

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/06/29 @ 8:00
Why DIY Clients Do Great Work

Over 50% of all Hansen Pole Buildings kit packages are constructed by the building owners themselves. If you are amongst these stalwart folks, kudos! Odds are your new post frame building will have a far superior end resultant than what you could or would have paid your hard earned dollars to have a builder do […]

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Widow’s Peak Construction in 9 Easy Steps

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/05/27 @ 8:00
Widow’s Peak Construction in 9 Easy Steps

What distinguishing physical feature do Leonardo DiCaprio, John Travolta, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and Ronald Reagan all share? I said, “physical feature” so all of them having been movie stars is not the answer we were looking for. They all have widow’s peaks! The expression widow’s peak dates from 1849, and the term stems from the […]

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Secret Rooms in Pole Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/05/20 @ 8:00
Secret Rooms in Pole Buildings

My oldest son Jake (read more about the adventures of Jake and I here: http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2012/07/construction-time-2/), has always had a certain fascination with secret rooms.  Maybe it was from playing the board game Clue too many times as a child! At least his interest is good natured, unlike America’s first serial killer H.H. Holmes. As described […]

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Tru-Log Sided Pole Barns

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/05/13 @ 8:00
Tru-Log Sided Pole Barns

We have a certain percentage of our clients who are looking for log siding for their new post frame buildings. Usually these folks already have a log home on their property, or their new pole building is going to be their home and they want the ‘log home’ look without the challenges associated with real […]

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Dear Pole Barn Guru: Monitor Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/03/28 @ 8:00
Dear Pole Barn Guru: Monitor Buildings

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Monitor Building Designs. Monitor Garage and Workshop. Over the years, monitor style roofs have been traditionally used on barn designs, specifically horse pole barns. Today, monitor roofs are found on everything from agricultural metal buildings to houses, shops and garages which may even have an office in the upper section. A […]

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Smashing Fiberglass Insulation Instead of Pumpkins

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/03/25 @ 8:00
Smashing Fiberglass Insulation Instead of Pumpkins

For those of you long-time readers, I have finally managed to weave The Smashing Pumpkins into an article. Their hit single 1979 takes me back to my days at Lucas Plywood and Lumber, where I shared an office with Al Mercer. Whilst I was gleefully entertained running the prefabricated roof truss plant (and selling a […]

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Ceiling Loaded Trusses

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/03/10 @ 8:00
Ceiling Loaded Trusses

Part of the mission of any good post frame (pole) building kit package supplier or contractor should be to save the client from making crucial design errors which they will later regret. Among the most often questions I answer in my “Ask the Pole Barn Guru” weekly column is in regards to the ability of […]

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Backyard Engineer – Youtube Building Design Techniques

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/02/17 @ 8:00
Backyard Engineer – Youtube Building Design Techniques

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77ENInb4kAc and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrW-6MK3MO8 I will begin by saying this backyard engineer is not only absolutely clueless, but also frightening if someone was to happen to follow along with his plans and ideas. I’ve watched some of his later videos and they are truly scary. Even scarier, is others are watching them and making positive comments […]

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Builders Complain About A Inspector

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/01/20 @ 8:00
Builders Complain About A Inspector

In the days of my youth, my father and uncles were the largest (and best) framing contractors in the Spokane, Washington area. There was a time when (at least to the builders concerned) a particular field inspector was coming off as being arbitrary in his enforcement of the Building Code. The situation got to be […]

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One More Reason to NOT use Skylights in Steel Roofs

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/01/19 @ 8:00
One More Reason to NOT use Skylights in Steel Roofs

Skylights in steel roofs, whether FRP (Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic), Polycarbonate or Lexan pose enough structural problems to warrant not using them. Here is another reason, which I had not considered, but there is a valuable safety reason presented in this article by Gregory Havel appeared January 11, 2016 in Fire Engineering®. Skylights on the roof […]

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Do your Homework on Code and Loading Requirements

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/01/02 @ 8:00
Do your Homework on Code and Loading Requirements

Welcome to Ask the Pole Barn Guru – where you can ask questions about building topics, with answers posted on Mondays & Saturdays.  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 […]

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Parishioners celebrate Christmas Eve Mass in a Pole Barn

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/12/31 @ 8:00
Parishioners celebrate Christmas Eve Mass in a Pole Barn

They say the church is not a building. It’s the people. Here is an article which addresses this very subject: http://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/index.ssf/2015/12/after_their_church_closed_pari.html Over the years, Hansen Pole Buildings has designed and provided numerous buildings for church communities across the country. These are buildings which were purposefully designed to meet the needs of the particular congregation, from […]

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First Amendment to the United States Constitution

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/12/30 @ 8:00
First Amendment to the United States Constitution

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” My long time readers recognize my ability to tie seemingly […]

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1000

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/12/17 @ 8:00
1000

One thousand – it can be a very large or very small number, depending upon one’s perspective. For me, this marks the 1,000th blog article I have written. To put this into perspective, Tolstoy’s epic, “War and Peace” (which I confess to having never read) has about 560,000 words, in English. The blog articles total […]

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The Lowly Inside Closure

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/12/11 @ 8:00
The Lowly Inside Closure

On a Major League Baseball team, the 25th man on the roster is the last guy on the bench. He’s usually a rah-rah guy, who is a fan favorite due to his obscurity. Generally he can play multiple positions, not very well. But when the team needs him, they need him. Inside Closures for steel […]

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Buildings Under Construction are Vulnerable

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/12/04 @ 8:00
Buildings Under Construction are Vulnerable

With winds topping out at an estimated 100 mph, the severe weather blew across Scotland County, Missouri quickly on a recent afternoon. While the bulk of the county escaped with only minor damage, the National Weather Service reported a tornado touched down between Memphis and Arbela at approximately 4:40 p.m. on November 11th. The EF-1 […]

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Avoiding Moisture Problems in Finished Post Frame Construction

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/12/03 @ 8:00
Avoiding Moisture Problems in Finished Post Frame Construction

Moisture accounts for about 80% of construction defect litigation, so while lawyers may love the stuff, no one else benefits. In the worst cases, moisture trapped in the framing assembly can lead to decay which weakens the structure and to mold growth which renders a building unusable. Problems need not be catastrophic to cause major […]

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Hey Mike Have Ya’ Ever? Adding on to an existing building

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/11/26 @ 8:00
Hey Mike Have Ya’ Ever? Adding on to an existing building

Adding on to a Concrete Block Building It was Hansen Pole Buildings’ Designer Rick who came up with the money question today. He wanted to know if I had ever attached a single sloping post frame (pole) building shed roof, to the eave side of a concrete block building. Whether concrete block, tilt up, stick […]

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Hansen Buildings Location

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/11/16 @ 8:00
Hansen Buildings Location

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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Long Span Truss Installation Strategy

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/11/13 @ 8:00
Long Span Truss Installation Strategy

Engineer Kirk Grundahl recently wrote the following which appeared in the Construction Magazine Network: “A truss collapse can be devastating, not only to the immediate health of those on the job site, but to the installers’ confidence going forward. Training a crew in proper bracing techniques in a way that gets them past the negative […]

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Pole Building Warranty

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/11/12 @ 8:00
Pole Building Warranty

“ATTENTION: Now YOU Can Discover What They Don’t Want You To Know!” “Secrets of Pole Barn Warranties Revealed” Would you seriously want to purchase a new “big-ticket” product without a warranty? Just think about it for a moment…would you order a new car or truck without a warranty? Of course not. You wouldn’t even consider […]

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Buildings are Never Too Big – Building Size

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/11/11 @ 8:00
Buildings are Never Too Big – Building Size

Here are the words of Ginnie’s husband – someone who understands: “Aaaargh! We’re never moving again! What we thought was going to be an easy melding of two households into one, has proved to be a nightmare times two. Remember that 40′ x 60′ pole barn on the farm that I was bragging about, the […]

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Pole Building Basements

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/11/09 @ 8:00
Pole Building Basements

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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Bike Helmets and Minimum Building Design Loads

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/11/06 @ 8:00
Bike Helmets and Minimum Building Design Loads

I’m an old guy (at least to my kids) – I turn 58 on Monday. Myself and my childhood cronies all grew up riding bicycles everywhere, and none of us wore cycle helmets. Also, none of us, or anyone we knew, was damaged by crashing a bike and not having worn a helmet. Cycle helmets […]

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When a Concrete Slab Floor Might be Less Expensive Than Thought

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/10/30 @ 8:00
When a Concrete Slab Floor Might be Less Expensive Than Thought

Post frame (pole) buildings are unique in their ability to be constructed without having to pour a concrete slab floor. Often clients will opt to design their buildings without this floor, with the intention of saving money by pouring the floor at a later date. There are some times when this becomes a case of […]

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Check Builder References

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/10/29 @ 8:00
Check Builder References

Please, Don’t Let This be You I’ve preached for years about thoroughly checking out anyone or business thoroughly before committing to a large investment. Here is how to check out pole building suppliers: http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2015/01/pole-building-suppliers/ And builders: http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2013/07/contractor-6/ Apparently not everyone who is looking for a building contacts us, or at the least follows my advice. […]

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Garage Door Insulation

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/10/28 @ 8:00
Garage Door Insulation

It seems I am always reading – looking for new content to entertain, inform and enlighten the loyal readers of this column. One of the columns I read is “Ask The Builder” where readers send their questions to Tim Carter looking for advice – much like my Monday, “Ask the Pole Barn Guru” column. Recently, […]

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Crash Test Dummies – a New Use for Pole Barns

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/10/27 @ 8:00
Crash Test Dummies – a New Use for Pole Barns

I’ve spoken a lot about the re-purposing of pole buildings for uses other than what was originally intended. Barns become homes, shops, businesses, etc. Here is one which I had never considered, from an October 25, 2015 article first published in www.dailyitem .com and written by Eric Scicchitano (photo by author). “A motorist was flung […]

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Residential Pole Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/10/26 @ 8:00
Residential Pole Building

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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Bluwood

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/10/23 @ 8:00
Bluwood

You have gone to great lengths to get every detail right in your new post frame home. You chose the right company for the design and to provide the plans and materials, the right finishes and colors. But have you chosen the right structural wood components? Are they protected from the threat of fungus, rot and […]

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You Think You Want a Change Order?

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/10/22 @ 8:00
You Think You Want a Change Order?

When I ran the prefabricated metal connector plated truss manufacturing plant for Lucas Plywood and Lumber in Salem, Oregon – one of the better framing contractors in town was a builder named Scott Rose. Scott was reliable, did great work and was very reasonably priced with a caveat…..he claimed his middle name was “extra”. As […]

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A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/10/21 @ 8:00
A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On

October 17, 1989 at 5:04 p.m. Pacific time, I was the owner of M & W Building Supply Company in Canby, Oregon. At the same time, one of our sales people – Randy Oglevie, was talking on the phone to one of his clients in the San Francisco Bay area. Randy’s client was standing out […]

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Free Building Plans

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/10/20 @ 8:00
Free Building Plans

Why We Don’t Give Out Free Building Plans for Obtaining a Building Permit If I had a dollar for every client (or prospective client) who asked if we would supply them with free building plans to obtain their building permits, I could, at the very least, take a great vacation. I’ve warned people in the past […]

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Pole Building Cement Walls

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/10/19 @ 8:00
Pole Building Cement Walls

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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Don’t Cry About Weep Holes

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/10/16 @ 10:03
Don’t Cry About Weep Holes

The vinyl windows for your new pole building are delivered and upon inspecting them you find small square holes on the exterior frames of them. While the first thought may be, “Won’t those little holes let cold air in (or warm air out), the reality is these are the window’s weep holes. They are designed and […]

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Winds and Stick Frame Construction

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/10/15 @ 2:00
Winds and Stick Frame Construction

Winds and Stick Frame Construction This first appeared at www.ValleyNewsLive.com on Monday Oct. 12, 2015: “High winds caused a building under construction to fall in Fargo Monday. Parts of a building in the 300-block of 39th Street south, near the Flying J truck stop, fell apart after 1:00 p.m. Monday. City building inspectors say they […]

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The Expensive Roof That Failed

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/10/14 @ 8:00
The Expensive Roof That Failed

SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels) are nothing new. The idea for using stress skinned panels began in the depression era with research and testing done primarily by Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin, as part of an USFS (United States Forest Service) attempt to conserve forest resources. Engineers from Forest Products Laboratory weren’t the only ones […]

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Snow Load Duration Factor

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/10/13 @ 8:00
Snow Load Duration Factor

Snow Load Duration Factor Wood is a natural, fibrous non-homogeneous material.  Because of this wood has several unique characteristics.  One of these properties is duration of load.  This is the ability of wood to resist higher stresses when loads are applied for a short duration of time.  In other words, wood has a higher strength […]

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What is included in a Hansen Building Kit?

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/10/12 @ 8:00
What is included in a Hansen Building Kit?

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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Pole Building Moratorium

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/10/09 @ 8:00
Pole Building Moratorium

I’m a pretty calm guy. It takes a lot to get a fire stoked under me, but the City of Williston, North Dakota could eventually get me there. And here is why…. The Williston city commissioners are considering making a pole building moratorium on any new metal or pole structures permanent. In my humble opinion, […]

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When Life Changes in the Blink of an Eye

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/10/08 @ 8:00
When Life Changes in the Blink of an Eye

Judy Hansen is a Registered Nurse, who generally worked in smallish hospitals in the area around Browns Valley, MN. Primarily working in or being a nurse manager for 24 years – she pretty well did it all, including delivering her share of little ones into the world. One of her favorite positions was working at […]

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Horizontal Steel Siding

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/10/06 @ 8:00
Horizontal Steel Siding

The answer is – yes! Back in the late 1960’s in Spokane, Washington Joseph “Joe” Mazzie started Pacific Metal Buildings. Joe is from my father and uncle’s generation and, being in construction (and living in the same general area of town) they were acquainted. Joe developed a reputation as a shrewd businessman, as well as […]

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Building Interior Height

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/10/05 @ 8:22
Building Interior Height

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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Sheathing Under Standing Seam Steel

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/08/25 @ 8:00
Sheathing Under Standing Seam Steel

Earlier this year I was motoring around Arizona and stopped in to visit the Contractor (aka Pro) Desk at The Home Depot® in Sierra Vista. My timing could not have been better, as The Home Depot® Pro Account Sales Associate (PASA) Sherry was working on a quote for standing seam steel roofing and the question […]

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Chimney Pots

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/08/20 @ 8:00
Chimney Pots

Accidentally learning more new stuff today. Most of the best things I have ever learned have been by accident, probably why my adult children believe Dad knows more worthless trivia than anyone! I was looking for information on Fabral’s website (www.Fabral.com) for standing seam roofing and at the bottom of a page was chimney pots. […]

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Properly Done Eave Lights

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/07/31 @ 8:00
Properly Done Eave Lights

See the Pretty Pole Building Some of the time I drive my wife absolutely nuts. We are talking some serious bonkers here. A prime time for this is when I am looking at photos of newly constructed pole buildings. She will remark, “What a nice looking building”. And then hide the photos as she realizes, […]

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Windows and Daylighting

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/07/30 @ 8:00
Windows and Daylighting

Daylighting  Windows are more than just a building’s eyes to the world. Properly located they can also save on your pole building’s utility bills as well as increasing comfort and productivity.  Daylighting is the use of nature’s sunshine, rather than bulbs, to light interior spaces. Many variables need to be considered to maximize the benefits. […]

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Your Pole Building Price is Higher

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/07/15 @ 8:00
Your Pole Building Price is Higher

Your Package is a Considerable Amount More! “I like your package a lot but it seems to be a considerable amount more than my other quotes. I have attached the one I received from 84 Lumber. A couple of things are a little different but the bottom line is considerably less. Please let me know […]

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Reviewing Your Building Plans

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/07/08 @ 8:00
Reviewing Your Building Plans

Every Hansen Pole Building Kit Package comes with building plans which are drafted by a real live human being! They are then reviewed not once, but twice, by upper level team members – who catch just about every errant line. To insure the final building plans are correct (usually it is an issue of “no, […]

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What is a Trickle Vent?

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/07/07 @ 8:00
What is a Trickle Vent?

Apparently this is my week for learning brand new stuff, and as luck usually has it, when I get to learn – it is bushel baskets full! A Hansen Pole Buildings client is constructing a post frame building home in Clallum County, Washington. In discussions with the local Building Officials, he was advised he would […]

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Horse Riding Arena

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/06/24 @ 8:00
Horse Riding Arena

Once Upon a Time My nearly four year old grandson Colton overnighted with Grandma and Poppa last night. Colton is Jake’s son (you might remember Jake from various pole building adventures such as http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/blog/2012/07/construction-time-2/). Colton likes Papa Mike just a little, so we got into some serious pre-bedtime reading and like every good story, they […]

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How to Get Pole Building Financing

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/06/22 @ 8:00
How to Get Pole Building Financing

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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A Sliding Door Experience

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/06/19 @ 8:00
A Sliding Door Experience

We had a recent inquiry from a client who needed a new pole building for farm equipment storage. He has a windrower and several balers and trailers to put in the building. His initial request was for a 30’ x 40’ building, with a single sloping roof and a 14 foot eave height. For doors […]

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Mean Roof Height

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/06/16 @ 8:00
Mean Roof Height

Don’t be Mean, be Average At Hansen Pole Buildings, every building plans is originally drafted to meet the client’s specific needs and what they ordered. Every once in a while they receive some interesting feedback. Like this: “Project #15-05xx has declined plan approval for the following reason: page S-0 under code data mean roof height […]

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Gypsum Board on Walls

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/06/05 @ 8:00
Gypsum Board on Walls

If it is weird, strange or otherwise just bizarre, when it comes to pole buildings, chances are it will eventually come across my desk. Otherwise I would have run out of material to write articles about a long, long time ago. And it is rewarding to know I’ve got lots of loyal readers – like […]

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Steel Frame Buildings vs. Wood

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/06/04 @ 8:00
Steel Frame Buildings vs. Wood

Manufacturers and resellers of all steel frame buildings are quick to tout the fire resistance of steel as a reason to not turn to pole (post frame) buildings as a design solution. Dr. Michael N. is a lecturer in two subject areas at his local university, civil engineering and structural steel design. This is what […]

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Minimum Wind And Snow Loads

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/06/02 @ 8:00
Minimum Wind And Snow Loads

Hansen Pole Buildings is a proud member of the NFBA (National Frame Building Association http://www.nfba.org). Pretty much every Monday the Association sends out a newsletter, via email, to its members. In today’s newsletter was a link to an article written by Stephen Szoke and published in Construction Executive, May 5, “Building Codes: One Size Does […]

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Wood Rot and Bugs in South Carolina

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/05/29 @ 8:00
Wood Rot and Bugs in South Carolina

Hansen Pole Buildings’ Designer Dave Gross sent me this note recently: “I have a client questioning steel versus wood. I have gone through the blogs and discussed the pros and cons with client. Her main comeback is wood rot and bugs in South Carolina. She is a sharp cookie. 30 year business owner. Just built […]

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Centurydrain Steel Roofing & Siding

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/05/28 @ 8:00
Centurydrain Steel Roofing & Siding

It wasn’t too long ago I had a client who was looking for a new building and wanted to make sure we did not use steel roofing and siding from either Wheeling Corrugating or Metal Sales™ Manufacturing Corporation (http://www.metalsales.us.com/). I’d inquired further as to what his issues were with these two manufacturers and the response […]

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Toci Ground Anchors

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/05/27 @ 8:00
Toci Ground Anchors

About a year ago the Technical Department of Hansen Pole Buildings was contacted by the manufacturer of the Toci Ground Anchor: “We manufacture the Toci Ground Anchor, an anchoring device that you may find useful in your line of business. The Toci Ground Anchor safely secures any outdoor structure or building to the ground without […]

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What Color Steel Roofing is Coolest?

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/05/25 @ 8:00
What Color Steel Roofing is Coolest?

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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The Wicked Wheel Barn & Grill

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/05/21 @ 8:00
The Wicked Wheel Barn & Grill

“Wild Eyed and Southern Fried” Panama City Beach, Florida might very well be the best beach this side of paradise – with 27 miles of stunning white sand, emerald green waters and surefire enjoyment in, on or under the water. One thing for certain which they have and no one else has is The Wicked […]

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Pole Building Pool Cover

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/05/18 @ 8:00
Pole Building Pool Cover

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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Attaching Solar Panels to Steel Roofing

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/05/14 @ 8:00
Attaching Solar Panels to Steel Roofing

Attaching Solar Panels to Exposed-Fastened Steel Roofing I am simply amazed at the sheer number of solar system installers who convince their clients they have to use standing seam steel roofing in order to attach the solar panels to the steel roofs. First – they are doing a total disservice to their clients by causing […]

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Pole Barn Savings Part II

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/05/06 @ 8:00
Pole Barn Savings Part II

Eight Nifty Tricks to Save Money When Building a Pole Barn (reprised) This is Part II of a two part series on pole barn savings through material and feature choices. Bret Buelo of Wick Buildings® wrote an article by this title last year, some of the items I agree with, some not so much. This […]

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Saving Money With a Pole Barn

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/05/05 @ 8:00
Saving Money With a Pole Barn

Eight Nifty Tricks to Save Money When Building a Pole Barn (reprised) Bret Buelo of Wick Buildings® wrote an article by this title last year, some of the items I agree with, some not so much. I will offer my “take” on his points. “1. Spacing of your columns. Builders typically space columns anywhere between six […]

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Screw Ridges or Valleys?

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/04/21 @ 8:00
Screw Ridges or Valleys?

Screw Through Ridges or Valleys? Today’s article is courtesy of the Journal of Light Construction online: Q: The new corrugated metal roofing on our client’s garage leaks. The installer had driven the fasteners through the valleys and into the 2-by rafters. We’ve since been told that corrugated roofing should always be fastened through the ridges of […]

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Can I Repair a Steel Panel?

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/04/20 @ 8:00
Can I Repair a Steel Panel?

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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Ecology Blocks

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/04/17 @ 8:00
Ecology Blocks

Hansen Pole Buildings Designer Rick is an avid stream fisherman. Near one of his favorite fishing holes, is also one of his favorite after fishing watering holes – The Castle Rock Inn. Last December 16, the Inn burned to the ground: http://host.madison.com/news/local/columnists/on-wisconsin-optimism-remains-intact-at-the-castle-rock-inn/article_b14f8b8d-ae28-5668-a61f-be119981a5e3.html The owners of The Castle Rock Inn chose a pole building to replace […]

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Wind Speed

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/04/14 @ 8:00
Wind Speed

Just Another Windy Conversation Hansen Pole Buildings’ Designer Rick asked me this question today: “Mike, I got a guy who wants to compare an over wind rated building to a Quonset hut at 150 mph” (miles per hour). Of course I jump right onto this one off the get go, “So the Quonset people have […]

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Prescriptive Requirements

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/04/09 @ 8:00
Prescriptive Requirements

Larimer County, Colorado I drive through the Fort Collins area about once a year. Other than the urbanized areas, the terrain is a classic example of Exposure C for wind (for a “fun” wind exposure story read http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/blog/2011/11/wind_exposure/ or to get more technical: http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/blog/2012/03/wind-exposure-confusion/). One of our clients had been discussing with Hansen Pole Buildings […]

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Universal Glulam Plus Columns

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/04/08 @ 8:00
Universal Glulam Plus Columns

Hansen Pole Buildings Wizard Justine is in a never ending search to provide the best possible building components to our clients. For some of the pole building kit packages we provide, glu-laminated columns are either specified by the client, or are the best design solution. Long time readers may remember the friendly discussions over nail […]

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Vertical Flush Walls

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/04/01 @ 8:00
Vertical Flush Walls

There is a builder in my neck of the woods who advertises as “the only company around that offers…Vertical Flush Walls, for your pole building, shop or garage, which allows you to sheetrock inside your building without having to re-frame the inside!” In the photo with this article, wall girts have been placed “barn” style […]

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Shingle Warranties

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/03/25 @ 8:00
Shingle Warranties

Personally I would never put a roof on any building I own other than steel. Here is my take: http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/blog/2012/01/steel-roofing-2/ Some folks have the mistaken idea shingled roofs are a better solution in the event of extreme hail events. Here is the truth: http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/blog/2013/04/metal-roofing/ For those who are still not convinced and seriously still think […]

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