Category Archives: Pole Building Doors

Heating a Pole Barn, Sliding Door Parts, and A Replacement Panel

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/08/27 @ 8:00
Heating a Pole Barn, Sliding Door Parts, and A Replacement Panel

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 […]

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Types of Construction, Sliding Doors, and Roof Vents

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/08/20 @ 8:00
Types of Construction, Sliding Doors, and Roof Vents

Today the Pole Barn Guru visits with readers about, types of construction, sliding doors, and roof vents. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hello Mike – I am working with the NFBA on a study of the post frame (pole barn) building market in the US. Among our objectives is to understand what % of construction in […]

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Garage Door Trims Don’t Fit

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/08/10 @ 8:00
Garage Door Trims Don’t Fit

Garage Door Trims Don’t Fit Hansen Pole Buildings’ Technical Support Department answers lots of questions for our clients. Most of these questions can be answered, or could be solved, by review of the building’s engineered plans and/or reading appropriate chapter of Hansen Pole Buildings’ Construction Manual. This Construction Manual also provides a step-by-step outline of […]

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Approximate Price of Sliding and Dutch Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/08/09 @ 8:00
Approximate Price of Sliding and Dutch Doors

Approximate Price of Sliding and Dutch Doors Only Reader PATRICK in FREDERICK writes: “I was looking for a “approximate” price on metal sliding doors for an existing pole barn that is being refurbished.  Also interested in the life stock dutch doors. Could you give me a ballpark price on the following items plus shipping to […]

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Champion Sliding Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/08/08 @ 8:00
Champion Sliding Doors

Champion Sliding Doors Hansen Pole Buildings is a distributor for Plyco Champion Sliding Doors.  Champion sliding doors can be ordered as a part of any complete Hansen Pole Buildings kit package. We do not offer any type of doors by themselves, due to challenges of shipping damage. While sliding doors are not an answer to […]

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Poor Pole Barn Plans Lead to Poor Results

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/07/27 @ 8:00
Poor Pole Barn Plans Lead to Poor Results

Poor Pole Barn Plans Lead to Poor Results There are a plethora of places people can go to buy a pole barn kit package with plans – Hansen Pole Buildings (I’d like to believe there is a reason we are the industry’s leader), a few online resellers, nearly every lumberyard in America, as well as […]

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Almost Round Pen

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/07/25 @ 8:00
Almost Round Pen

Almost Round Pen Our eldest daughter Bailey, as a professional horse trainer, has spent a great deal of her life with horses in round pens. Generally round pens are unprotected in the great outdoors, leading to them not being able to be used in inclement weather. Personally, experience has shown it is far more economical […]

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High R-Value Overhead Doors Part II

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/07/18 @ 8:00
High R-Value Overhead Doors Part II

Continued from yesterday’s Part I on overhead door R-values… Are the reported R-values even accurate? There’s another potential problem with the R-values reported by garage-door manufacturers: even if one accepts the fact the advertised R-values represent center-of-panel values rather than whole-door values, the numbers are still higher than most insulation experts believe are possible. Several manufacturers report […]

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High R-Value Overhead Doors for Post Frame Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/07/17 @ 8:00
High R-Value Overhead Doors for Post Frame Buildings

High R-value Overhead Doors for Post Frame Buildings When my lovely bride and I had our post frame building home constructed, energy efficiency was important for us. At the time Hansen Pole Buildings was ordering our overhead doors through my friend David Vance, owner of Rainer Building Products in Western Washington. I approached David with […]

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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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Free Standing Hangar Door

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/05/09 @ 8:00
Free Standing Hangar Door

Free Standing Hangar Door Disclaimer: this is not a testimonial for this door, I have not personally used one, and to the best of my knowledge none of our clients has (although I could be wrong on this last part). As readers of yesterday’s column have learned, deflection can become an issue with openings for […]

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Hangar Doors in Eave Side of Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/05/08 @ 8:00
Hangar Doors in Eave Side of Buildings

Hangar Doors in Eave Side of Buildings Reader KEN in ZEPHYRHILLS writes: “To facilitate use as an aircraft hangar can the sliding doors be located on the side rather than the end walls?” I have been involved in more than a fair number of airplane hangars, starting way before my days in the post frame […]

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No Leak Overhead Door Dog Ears

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/04/17 @ 8:00
No Leak Overhead Door Dog Ears

No Leak Overhead Door Dog Ears The key to cutting trims for no leak overhead door dog ears for post frame buildings comes from careful cutting and installation of pieces to water flows in front of, rather than getting behind, each piece as it works down the building. It also helps to utilize a trim […]

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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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Minimum Headroom for Overhead Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/03/23 @ 8:00
Minimum Headroom for Overhead Doors

Mike address “headroom” needs for overhead garage doors. Reader JEFF in ROSEBURG writes: “If my roll up door opening is less than 2′ from wall height, 18″ is what I have, is there a roll up door that would work? Or is 2′ below wall height the absolute minimum?” Mike the Pole Barn Guru writes: […]

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Proper Foundation and Slab, Two-Story Buildings, and Door Parts

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/03/19 @ 8:00
Proper Foundation and Slab, Two-Story Buildings, and Door Parts

Proper Foundation and Slab, Two-Story Buildings, and Door Parts DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Dear Sir, I read the details of pouring a concrete slab after building the barn. I live in Montana with some pretty cold winters. If I were laying a slab for a conventional stick built structure i would be required to dig […]

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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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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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A Stone Base Floor? Trusses vs Rafters, and Entry Door Install

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/12/25 @ 8:00
A Stone Base Floor? Trusses vs Rafters, and Entry Door Install

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I have a 40 x 24 pole barn with a 4 inch stone base floor. Can I place 2×4 grid framing 24 in on center with 3/4 inch T&G 4 x 8 sheets for light weight shop usage? No vehicles. JEFF in SYCAMORE DEAR JEFF: Some ifs – if your site […]

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Structural Engineering for $400

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/12/07 @ 8:00
Structural Engineering for $400

I’ll take Structural Engineering for $400 Alex Proper Engineering in post frame construction can not be overlooked. Alex Trebek has hosted Jeopardy!, the iconic daily syndicated game show, since 1984. With over 7,000 episodes aired, Jeopardy! has won a record 33 Daytime Emmy Awards. Some of you may even have tuned in for an episode […]

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Cross Bucks on Sliding Barn Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/11/08 @ 8:00
Cross Bucks on Sliding Barn Doors

Many iconic traditional wooden barns feature sliding doors with wooden cross bucks. Originally, the cross buck design had a utilitarian purpose, fortifying gates, fences, and large barn doors by providing structural support. However, the X-design on doors appeared in the mid-1800s as part of what was called “Stick Style.” This Gothic-inspired variation of Victorian architecture […]

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BIB’s Insulation, In-Ground Posts, and Rodents

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/11/06 @ 8:00
BIB’s Insulation, In-Ground Posts, and Rodents

BIB’s Insulation, In-Ground Posts, and Rodents DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I’m still in processing with the county to get permits for our new Hansen home building but in the meantime I’m trying to figure out insulation for our raised floor. County requirements (I’m assuming IBC code) requires R30 floor insulation. The building floor design wound […]

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How to Make a Post Frame House Tighter

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/10/11 @ 8:00
How to Make a Post Frame House Tighter

“How to Make a Post Frame Building Air Tighter” One of our clients who is currently constructing his building recently wrote:  “Chapter 21 Wall Steel page 142 indicates, “Install sidewall steel perpendicular to base trim (plumb), holding wall steel up 1/4” from level base trim surface.” With the ¼” gap there would be openings for […]

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Premature Roller Wear, Proper Insulation, & Venting!

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/10/02 @ 8:00
Premature Roller Wear, Proper Insulation, & Venting!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: My Plyco rollers are wearing prematurely since I added liner to my doors. Can I put a 3rd roller in the center of each leaf to spread out the additional load? BRAD in EL DORADO DEAR BRAD: If these are round Plyco trolleys, your door must be very heavy. I say […]

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Maximizing Barn Door Width

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/09/27 @ 8:00
Maximizing Barn Door Width

Maximizing Barn Door Width for your pole barn. No different than encouraging folks to construct the largest building which will fit on their property and be within budget, when planning your new post frame building, maximize the width of doors to achieve the greatest functionality for your barn. Here is a case in point….. Reader […]

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Loft Door, Antique Barns, and Footing Sizes?

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/09/18 @ 8:00
Loft Door, Antique Barns, and Footing Sizes?

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I have an upstairs (loft) exterior opening that is 50″ wide by 68″ tall. I want to build a door with the National Hardware tab-loc frame and cover it with r-panel siding. How much overhang on each side, and top and bottom do I need to make the door? What should […]

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Headroom Headaches, Post Hole Problems, and Insulation Options

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/09/11 @ 8:00
Headroom Headaches, Post Hole Problems, and Insulation Options

Tackling Headroom Headaches, Post Hole Problems, and Insulation Options DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am curious about the room I needed for my overhead door. I had my building designed for a 12’x12′ overhead door in the middle of the end wall. My wall height is 14′ but with a truss depth of 18″ the […]

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Maximizing Sliding Door Heights

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/08/08 @ 8:00
Maximizing Sliding Door Heights

While post frame construction (in my humble opinion) gives the most value for construction dollars invested, there are just some cases where clients just are not aware. This reader wants to maximize the height of a sliding door opening on a stick frame building. HOWARD in COEUR d’ALENE writes: “Greetings, I am stick-building my own […]

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It Is Exactly the Same Building Part I

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/07/26 @ 8:00
It Is Exactly the Same Building Part I

Well, maybe not exactly the same building. In April of this year we had a client invest in a brand new 36 foot wide by 60 foot long post frame building kit package with a 16 foot eave height. Three months later, the building has been delivered, and one of the group which ordered the […]

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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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Sliding Doors, Codes, and Quonset Huts!

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/06/12 @ 8:00
Sliding Doors, Codes, and Quonset Huts!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I would like to get a quote for sliding garage door for commercial building. The size that I would like to have is 8′ wide 12′ tall. If I can get two slide garage door it would be perfect (two 4’x12′ garage door) if not One door is fine. White garage […]

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Overhead Doors Taller than Eave Height

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/06/09 @ 8:00
Overhead Doors Taller than Eave Height

“Since the peaked end of my new post frame building will be so much higher than the sidewalls, how about I place a very tall overhead door at the center of it?” Today’s topic was prompted by BILL from BUFFALO who writes: “Have you ever attempted to install an overhead door in an end wall […]

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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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Placement of Overhead Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/05/18 @ 8:00
Placement of Overhead Doors

Where, oh Where, to Place Overhead Doors My long term readers may have believed I have pounded overhead doors to death. Ha! I say – there is always more to talk about when it comes to overhead doors! We’ve talked about door widths, avoiding 8 and 14 foot width doors as they are not usually […]

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Let’s Cram Doors into an Endwall

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/04/28 @ 8:00
Let’s Cram Doors into an Endwall

There seems to be a propensity for potential new post frame building owners to attempt to put too many doors in a wall. While usually the challenge is trying to get too tall of a door to fit, in today’s article we will discuss too much width of doors. Please picture this, if you will […]

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What Kind of Footings? Beams? and Bi-Folds?

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/04/17 @ 8:00
What Kind of Footings? Beams? and Bi-Folds?

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: 34’x44′ pole barn middle is 20′ high and 14′ wide, the 2 outside parts are 10′ high by 10′ wide, frost level is 48″, snow load is 40lbs per sqft poles will be 6×6 what kind of footings will i need to have to support this building? MITCH in KAWARTHA LAKES […]

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Propel Electric Door Openers

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/04/15 @ 8:00
Propel Electric Door Openers

I’ve written in the past about our oldest daughter, Bailey. Bailey is a professional horse trainer (Tennessee Walkers) and is well respected within her industry at the now ripe old age of 27. She is a smart lady – she wanted overhead doors with electric openers on the sliding doors of her barn aisleways.. Why? […]

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Overhead Doors and Eave Height

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/03/29 @ 8:00
Overhead Doors and Eave Height

Putting a 14 Foot Tall Overhead Door in a Short Eave Height… I’ve been doing post frame buildings now for a couple of years. Okay, maybe a couple of couple of years, as in 37 (ouch, am I seriously this old?). I’ve learned a certain amount of clients (and builders) are seemingly dimensionally challenged when […]

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High R Value Overhead Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/02/24 @ 8:00
High R Value Overhead Doors

If your new post frame building will only ever be cold storage, then an insulated overhead door just might be all your will ever want, or need. For most people, I encourage them to go with insulated doors, just on the oft chance someone down the line will have different ideas. Insulated overhead doors do […]

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Swing-Up Post Doors vs Bi-fold Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/02/23 @ 8:00
Swing-Up Post Doors vs Bi-fold Doors

Overhead Doors With Mullions- aka Swing-Up Post Doors Chances are if something is unique, unusual or near impossible the request is going to end up coming to Hansen Pole Buildings – it is the nature of the beast! Here is a request for something I have never done (or actually seen done in person): DEAR […]

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Door Facing North, Optimizing Space, and Remodel?

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/01/30 @ 8:00
Door Facing North, Optimizing Space, and Remodel?

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I have a (about) 40×24 pole building that faces north. I have a regular door that faces west. The wind and any accompanying rain typically blows directly against that west facing door. The building was built in 1996 by the original owner of the house. I’ve only lived in the house […]

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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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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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Arcadian Sliding Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/12/08 @ 8:00
Arcadian Sliding Doors

Over the past 36 plus years in the post frame building industry, I’ve personally sold, delivered and/or specified pretty easily at least 10,000 sliding doors. I am certain someone has provided more, most probably far less. Very, very few of them have ever been with glass in the doors. Sherri in Gaylord, Kansas recently asked, […]

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Dear Pole Barn Guru: Metal Barn Door

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/12/05 @ 8:00
Dear Pole Barn Guru: Metal Barn Door

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Is it possible to build a post frame building on a crawl space. If so, where do you place the poles. Inside, outside, on top, or in the concrete. Thank you JACOB in CARROLLTON DEAR JACOB: Yes, it is both very possible and very practical to build a post frame building […]

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Overhead Door Horsepower

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/11/10 @ 8:00
Overhead Door Horsepower

What Horsepower Should a Garage Door Opener Have? Good question, and important enough to be well deserving of its own article. It was asked of me by JAME from CAMBRIDGE: “Just bought a home with a great pole barn already on it. My question is I want to install a door opener on the big […]

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Scissors Trusses in Post Frame Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/10/11 @ 8:00
Scissors Trusses in Post Frame Buildings

Scissors Trusses in Post Frame Buildings I’ve written previously about Henry Getz, of Morton Buildings (https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2016/06/origins-colored-steel/), however there are reasons other than pre-painted steel roofing and siding which the post frame industry should thank Henry for. Beyond color, Henry also introduced the raised-chord (scissors) truss to the post frame industry, which allowed a taller end […]

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Should You Choose Sliding or Overhead Doors for Your Pole Barn?

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/09/21 @ 8:23
Should You Choose Sliding or Overhead Doors for Your Pole Barn?

One of the many decisions you’ll need to make when choosing a customized pole barn is the door type. You can opt for either an overhead door that raises up or a sliding door that pushes from left to right (or vice versa) – so what’s the better choice? The sliding versus overhead door decision […]

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Just Another Reason to Love Builders

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/08/23 @ 8:00
Just Another Reason to Love Builders

Please keep in mind, I was a post frame (pole) building contractor in a past life. With as many as 35 crews erecting buildings in six states – if something could possibly go awry, one of my crews would find a way to achieve it! Seriously. Some of them were creative in methods which I […]

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Four Foot Entry Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/08/02 @ 8:00
Four Foot Entry Doors

One Foot And it isn’t the left or the right one! Actually the one foot I have in mind is the difference in width between a standard 36 inch width entry door and a 48 inch wide one. Oh what a difference the extra foot makes! And most of the difference is not in cost. […]

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Bi-parting Doors on Airplane Hangars

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/07/26 @ 8:00
Bi-parting Doors on Airplane Hangars

Double Bi-parting Sliding Doors for an Airplane Hangar Every once in a while I get asked a Dear Pole Barn Guru question which just demands its own space in order to do the subject topic true justice. This happens to be one of them. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I want to build a 50x40x16 for […]

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How to Build a Sliding Door – Part III

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/07/19 @ 8:00
How to Build a Sliding Door – Part III

Part III of three in how to build a Sliding Door(Part I posted July 13 and Part II July 14): Door Pull From experience, for opening ease, it is best mounted vertically onto door “end” – on a Vertical Side Rail face. If one-piece sliding doors, skip next section. Bi-Parting Doors With a few exceptions […]

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How to Build a Sliding Door – Part II

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/07/15 @ 8:00
How to Build a Sliding Door – Part II

This is part II of our three part series on how to build a sliding door. Trolley Mounting Instructions   Insert trolley mounting bolts into previously drilled door grid top lateral. See Figure 27-5. Assemble star washer, flange nut and locknut, and adjust on pendant bolts until there is approximately one inch between trolley bolt head […]

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How to Build a Sliding Door

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/07/14 @ 8:00
How to Build a Sliding Door

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: How does one construct a sliding barn door?  SHIRLEY IN FAIR GROVE DEAR SHIRLEY: The best answer to your question is Chapter 27 of the Hansen Pole Buildings Construction Manual. Here it is in three parts, Part I:  Most Common Mistakes: Expecting the door frame to be shipped pre-assembled. Installing siding […]

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An Overhead Door Rant

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/07/08 @ 8:00
An Overhead Door Rant

While I am on an Overhead Door Rant I have been blessed to be the father of a herd of children – my youngest two, Allison (age 22) and Brent (age 21) will both be seniors in college this Fall. Yes, I am hearing the cheers from loyal readers who have reached this milestone. They […]

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You Can Lead a Horse to Water…Pole Building Garage

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/07/07 @ 8:00
You Can Lead a Horse to Water…Pole Building Garage

Several years ago, when Hansen Pole Buildings was a fledgling company, I worked with a client in Goldendale, Washington assisting him in designing what (in his eyes) would be his ideal dream building. My mission has always been to deliver the “Ultimate Post Frame Building Experience™”, which is greatly helped by clients who are open […]

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A Garage Door Tale

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/06/22 @ 8:00
A Garage Door Tale

At my first business, M & W Building Supply, we provided over 6000 post frame building kit packages in the years before I turned it over to the current owner, Jim Betonte. There were many memorable clients in those eight years, however a few instances stick in my mind. We were contracted to supply a […]

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14 Foot Wide Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/05/05 @ 8:00
14 Foot Wide Doors

Sometime in the not too distant past, residential home builders figured out a way to reduce the price point of their new homes, by shrinking the width of the “two car garages” and using 14 foot wide overhead doors. However, “Houston, we have a problem”, as most of us drive vehicles down the road which […]

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Schweiss Doors New Wrap Around Hinge

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/02/24 @ 8:00
Schweiss Doors New Wrap Around Hinge

At Hansen Pole Buildings, we have been accused, at times, of being overly anal. We are seemingly always looking for ways to make our buildings just a little bit better for our clients, whether it is a stronger connection or a better component. An example of one of these was when we upgraded from bolting […]

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Why This Entry Door Could be a Problem

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/11/19 @ 8:00
Why This Entry Door Could be a Problem

First the disclaimer – the photo is NOT of a Hansen Pole Building. It was provided and constructed by a small firm in Southern Missouri.  How small are they? Small enough to not have a website! And, according to the Better Business Bureau (of which they are not members), the business is under a year […]

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Pole Building Door Safety

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/09/22 @ 8:00
Pole Building Door Safety

Don’t be the Next Break In Sometimes the story is not the story and the misfortunes of others can be a lesson. In this morning’s news: “Police are seeking information about a break-in at a Wexford County, Michigan pole barn. The incident occurred Monday on Boon Road in Haring Township. A side door to the barn […]

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An Entry Door Installation Trick

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/08/18 @ 8:00
An Entry Door Installation Trick

I admit, when I first entered the post frame (pole) building business – I was clueless on a good day. My only “training” was picking the brain of an old time pole barn builder, George Evanovich. George was a nice enough guy, but it didn’t take me long to realize when it came to details […]

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Moving Sliding Doors to Inside of Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/08/17 @ 8:00
Moving Sliding Doors to Inside of 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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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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Overhead Door Trim

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/06/15 @ 8:00
Overhead Door Trim

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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Entry Door R Value

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/06/12 @ 8:00
Entry Door R Value

R U Paying Attention? Just this past week, we had one of our clients tell us his nearly completed pole building would require entry (person-type) doors with a R-20 insulating value. We at Hansen Pole Buildings, violated one of our own cardinal rules – we did not require our client to get the information in […]

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Solar Powered Garage Door Openers

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/05/08 @ 8:00
Solar Powered Garage Door Openers

Hansen Pole Buildings’ Designer Doug keeps me on my toes – he comes up with some of the most interesting questions, which I truly appreciate. Today, he asked me about chain hoists for overhead doors. I told him we did not currently include them in our proprietary “Instant Pricing™” system, due to lack of interest […]

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Landings at Egress Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/02/20 @ 4:08
Landings at Egress Doors

Exterior Landings for Egress Entry Doors Picture this….. From inside of your new pole building, you open an entry door (person/man or similar descriptor) door and step out onto…..mud? Sorry, but this scenario is not going to meet with the requirements of the Building Codes. From the 2012 IBC (International Building Code): 1008.1.5 Floor elevation.  […]

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Coil Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/02/17 @ 8:00
Coil Doors

Curl-Lok™ Sheet Steel Doors Back in 1991 my brother and I built a 100 unit self-storage facility just north of Athol, Idaho on Highway 95. Through a series of unfortunate events, I ended up as the “don’t want to be the owner” of the property until I sold it to the current owners (www.FarragutStorage.net). I […]

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How Pole Barns Accept Hangar Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/02/11 @ 8:00
How Pole Barns Accept Hangar Doors

A very common statement is: “I love my building, but hate my doors.” Don’t put cheaply made inferior doors on a great building. Not all door companies offer the same quality! Hansen Pole Buildings has provided a significant number of pole building hangars located all across the country. By far, the most prevalent choice by […]

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Pole Barn Guru on Crossbuck Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/01/12 @ 8:00
Pole Barn Guru on Crossbuck Doors

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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Wind-Load Rated Garage Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/12/03 @ 8:00
Wind-Load Rated Garage Doors

Getting a quote on a sectional garage door? Or having one or more of them included either as part of a complete pole building kit package, or being provided by a builder? Chances are good they are not telling you this story…… About a decade ago, we had provided a pretty good sized (60’ x […]

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What Size Overhangs Look Good?

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/10/27 @ 8:15
What Size Overhangs Look Good?

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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Sliding Door Problems

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/10/17 @ 8:00
Sliding Door Problems

Friday’s Pole Barn Humor Just follow along here….. A client wrote for Technical Support: “I have had the roof and insulated walls on for quite some time and am currently enjoying an almost complete pole building. Just yesterday I installed the two sliding doors with a friend. This leaves only the trim to be completed. […]

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Exterior Horse Stall Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/10/15 @ 8:00
Exterior Horse Stall Doors

Our oldest daughter Bailey gets mentioned pretty much in most articles I write which include horses. As a National Champion as both a rider and a trainer, she has seen plenty of horse barns. As a teenager, she mucked stalls – at the facility she worked at, they had over 40 of them. None of […]

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Old Pole Barn Inspection

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/09/29 @ 8:00
Old Pole Barn Inspection

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: My school district has two adventure courses on our property. One has been up for approx 20 years. It is made with telephone poles. We are concerned that the poles may be in need of replacement. How would we know? Is there testing we could have done? ROWING ON LAKE RONKONKOMA […]

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Roof Sliding Door

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/09/26 @ 8:00
Roof Sliding Door

Yes – sliding doors can end up being placed on a roof…..just not on purpose! The photo is of a sliding door on a Morton Building owned by a friend of a Hansen Pole Buildings employee. As this is an older building, it is not intended to be a negative commentary on any of the […]

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Overhead Door Emergency Release

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/09/18 @ 8:00
Overhead Door Emergency Release

I happen to live in what might be classified as “the boonies”. It is seriously out in the midst of the forest. And when in the middle of a forest, if a tree falls down and nobody hears it – chances are it is going to clip a power line and leave me without electricity! […]

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Are Your Pole Buildings Local to Me?

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/09/15 @ 8:00
Are Your Pole Buildings Local to Me?

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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CSI: Pole Barn Blow Out

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/09/09 @ 8:00
CSI: Pole Barn Blow Out

CSI: Pole Barn Our youngest daughter, Allison, is studying to be a Forensic Psychologist. My lovely bride and I may have been culprits in this, as we sent her to a CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) camp for 10 days when she was about 11! All of the boys in her CSI class talked tough, but […]

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WalkThru Garage Door

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/08/26 @ 8:00
WalkThru Garage Door

More “True Confessions” from the Pole Barn Guru….. I’ve not only never installed one of these and never sold one – I’ve also never seen one in real life! I have not one, but TWO detached pole building garages at our house. One is two car, the other three. Each of them has an entry […]

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X-Treme Custom Hangar Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/06/24 @ 8:00
X-Treme Custom Hangar Doors

X-treme Custom Hangar Doors Plattekill, New York is just a short drive north from New York City. Nestled in the trees along the highway is a unique airport, as it is home to aviators who build and fly experimental or otherwise unique aircraft. My first experience with the pilots who, for the most part, reside […]

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Hydroswing Hydraulic Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/06/10 @ 8:00
Hydroswing Hydraulic Doors

I thought it to be very timely to be sitting down to write articles about hangar doors and to have the Construction Magazine Network email me with an advertisement for Hydroswing® Hydraulic Doors. Having never dealt with Hydroswing®, I began my research by checking out their website (https://hydroswing-hydraulic-doors.com/). I have to admit, I am a […]

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Horton Stack Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/06/06 @ 8:00
Horton Stack Doors

Last October I was bemoaning sliding doors as a design solution for airplane hangars. At the end of the article (https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/blog/2013/10/sliding-hangar-doors/) I threatened my loyal readers with some other alternatives. This past week, one of our clients asked us about putting a 38’4” wide by 12’ tall Horton Stack Door on a Hansen Pole Building, […]

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Curl-Lok Self Storage Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/04/17 @ 8:00
Curl-Lok Self Storage Doors

I had built 100 units for a customer who had his financing collapse – and I ended up becoming the unwilling owner. In the early 1990’s I became the owner of a self-storage facility, which was the last thing I wanted to do at the time. One thing which made ownership even less enjoyable was […]

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Dear Pole Barn Guru: How Do I Make a Garage Door Opener Fit?

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/02/17 @ 8:00
Dear Pole Barn Guru: How Do I Make a Garage Door Opener Fit?

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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Random Overhead Door Musings

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/12/22 @ 8:00
Random Overhead Door Musings

In the case of most pole buildings – doors are an important feature. As long as they open and close as expected, most people really don’t give much, if any thought to them. Overhead doors offer many things which other door choices do not. Here are some things which are all too often not considered […]

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Sliding Door Openers

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/10/29 @ 8:00
Sliding Door Openers

Author’s Note: This is part 9 of a series of blogs written from a 6500+ motorcycle trip from WA to Ohio and back.  See Blog from Oct. 15th for the beginning…and hang on for the ride! It IS a Small World As my “Zen” motorcycle trip approached the home stretch, I was enjoying glorious beautiful […]

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Sliding Hangar Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/10/01 @ 8:00
Sliding Hangar Doors

I grew up having to slide open hangar doors to get my Dad’s 182 Cessna in and out. I didn’t like sliding hangar doors as a design solution then, and I like them even less as an adult. Let’s start the discussion with simple….just “plain old” sliding hangar doors, mounted on the outside of the […]

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Dear Pole Barn Guru: What Makes for a Good Sliding Door?

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/09/30 @ 8:00
Dear Pole Barn Guru: What Makes for a Good Sliding Door?

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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Wood Grain Steel Overhead Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/07/18 @ 8:00
Wood Grain Steel Overhead Doors

As a Wayne Dalton overhead door dealer, Hansen Pole Buildings now has new design options to offer to our valued clients. Thanks to recent enhancements, in several of their garage door lines, Model 8300 doors, part of Wayne Dalton’s Classic Steel line, now offer realistic Walnut and Golden Oak wood-grain color finishes in the Sonoma […]

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Dear Pole Barn Guru: HELP! I Bought Sliding Doors with No Instructions!

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.  Email all questions to: PoleBarnGuru@HansenPoleBuildings.com DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I have erected a 125’x50′ […]

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Dear Pole Barn Guru: Garage Doors & Dutch Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/04/08 @ 8:00
Dear Pole Barn Guru: Garage Doors & Dutch Doors

Welcome to our newest feature: 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.  Email all questions to: PoleBarnGuru@HansenPoleBuildings.com DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Which is […]

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Insulated Overhead Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/12/03 @ 8:00
Insulated Overhead Doors

Back in the days when I was building pole buildings (I had up to 35 crews constructing them), we frequently had our overhead sectional steel overhead doors hung by a professional door installation company. Several months after the completion of one particular building, we received a call from the client, who told us his overhead […]

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Dog Ears: Tale of the Tape

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/09/17 @ 8:00
Dog Ears: Tale of the Tape

My confession – I am a baseball fan. In baseball, the tale of the tape is usually in regards to how far a home run has been hit. Ever been to the Mall of America? The mall is built atop of the location of the old Metropolitan Stadium (one time home of the Minnesota Twins). […]

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Entry Door: Let Me Out!

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/09/13 @ 8:00
Entry Door: Let Me Out!

Let Me Out The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City March 25, 1911, was the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of the city of New York and resulted in the fourth highest loss of life from an industrial accident in U.S. history. The fire caused the deaths of 146 garment workers, who […]

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Sliding Doors: Can You Put an Opener On Them?

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/06/14 @ 8:00
Sliding Doors: Can You Put an Opener On Them?

In the past three plus decades I’ve literally sold tens, if not hundreds of thousands of sliding doors as well as steel sectional overhead doors. At Hansen Pole Buildings, we get hundreds of new inquiries every day – many of these are for people who are requesting sliding “barn” style doors, for the most part […]

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Climate Control and Sliding Barn Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/04/18 @ 8:00
Climate Control and Sliding Barn Doors

One of my favorites is when new clients want to climate control their building and also choose to use sliding barn doors. If you are unfamiliar with sliding doors, they are typically made from 1-1/2” thick steel or aluminum members which are screwed together at joints and then sheathed with steel siding. The doors are […]

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Wind Rated Garage Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 11/10/10 @ 8:00
Wind Rated Garage Doors

But can it Pass a Missile Test? Many hurricane prone regions are following the state of Florida’s lead and are requiring all buildings and their components withstand a certain amount of wind pressure. Wind loaded overhead doors generally are design to withstand from 90 mph to 150 mph wind speeds. These design wind speeds are […]

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