The Pole Barn Guru answers questions bout heating a pole barn, sliding door parts, and a replacement panel for a Hansen Building.
DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Many years ago I had a friend that made a good income renting heated storage space in a very large pole barn to boat owners. He complained of the heating costs involved. I told him he could heat the space for a fraction if he would insulate with hay bales encapsulated with foam. He also thought the idea was a little odd (do you notice a pattern with how people receive my ideas? 😉 I don’t know if anyone has ever done it, but I may give it a try before my time is up.
I bet it would work well. STEVE in NORTHERN MICHIGAN
DEAR STEVE: On your boat storage – straw bales don’t offer near the R value which most people are accepting as valid (https://www.buildinggreen.com/news-analysis/r-value-straw-bales-lower-previously-reported), plus closed cell spray foam is not an expensive (although very sound from an insulation standpoint) proposition. As most building heat loss is vertical (approaching 80%) the real solution lies there – reduce upward heat loss and heating unoccupied space.
For further reading on straw bales and post frame construction: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2013/04/straw-bale-homes/.
DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hello,
Pole Barn Builders on Facebook said you would be a good place to contact.
Had a barn fire last year. Now replaced to the point of needing the front double sliding doors and a couple panels hung to finish. Is this something in your wheelhouse? Twin Cities area.
Thank you. Regards, DALE in TWIN CITIES
DEAR DALE: We always appreciate it when our fellow industry members send folks our direction. Sadly, we are probably not the solution to your current challenge. Due to the logistics of shipping sliding door components without them being damaged, we do not provide them other than with the investment into a complete post frame building kit package. We’d recommend you stop by the ProDesk at your nearby The Home Depot® as they should be able to provide the components you will need plus you won’t have to pay for delivery with a pickup at the store.
DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Good Morning. I have a pole building that were ordered by Josh xxxxx of xxxxx construction about 2 years ago. I need to replace a damaged panel. The color was either Light stone or Tan. Can you confirm the color of the building? Thank you.
JOHN in DRUMMOND
DEAR JOHN: Tan
In order to get the closest match possible, the panel should be ordered from the original manufacturer, who does not sell direct to the public. Please email our materials buyer Justine at firstname.lastname@example.org with the length of the panel needed and she can get a delivered price for you.