Category Archives: Steel Roofing & Siding

Not a building Under Construction

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/10/14 @ 8:00
Not a building Under Construction

No This is NOT a Building Under Construction Here is the story from the building owner….. “When we pulled up here, about a quarter to 12 last night, is when I noticed I could see some insulation and then I got out and took a walk around and that’s when I saw that we had […]

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Adding Steel Ceiling Liner Panels

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/07/27 @ 10:32
Adding Steel Ceiling Liner Panels

I Want to Add a Steel Ceiling This must be my week for receipt of good questions which require lengthy answers in order to do justice to the subject. Here is another one: DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I have a 42 x 60 with insulation in walls and roof, 26 gauge metal, wood trusses, 10 […]

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Hansen Buildings Tech Support

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/07/06 @ 8:00
Hansen Buildings Tech Support

What Real Life Technical Support Sounds Like Many of us have had situations where we needed to contact a company we have purchased a product from for some technical assistance. I know when I have done so, every once in a while I am thankfully surprised to have the person I am dealing with actually […]

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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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Origins of Colored Steel

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/06/24 @ 8:01
Origins of Colored Steel

Where the Idea of Colored Steel Siding and Roofing Started Back in the Stone Ages, when I first entered the post frame (pole building) industry, factory pre-painted steel siding was still in a relative infancy. So much so as most steel roofs were yet still bare galvanized! It was a rarity to have a colored […]

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StealthBond© Glued on Roof Steel

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

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

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About Steel Galvanization

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/06/16 @ 8:00
About Steel Galvanization

When it comes to steel, we talk a lot about galvanization. Many post frame building products are galvanized to prevent premature decay. These include fasteners (screws , nails, nuts, bolts and washers), engineered steel hangers, the pressed in steel connector plates for trusses and components for sliding, overhead and entry doors. Every year, steel corrosion […]

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How Long Will a Pole Barn Last?

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/06/15 @ 8:00
How Long Will a Pole Barn Last?

This was a question asked of Hansen Pole Buildings’ Managing Partner Eric Graff, by one of our Building Designers, Elijah. To begin with, let’s examine the 2012 International Building Code requirements for the Risk Category of the building. 1604.5 Risk category.  Each building and structure shall be assigned a risk category in accordance with Table 1604.5. Where […]

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Cool Solar Stuff

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/05/31 @ 8:00
Cool Solar Stuff

I’ve been doing some of my own research on solar power lately, and have found some interesting stuff. The real interesting part of this article is not in the cool solar product – it is on how to solve the problem they do not know they have with the pole barn (post frame) building in […]

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Steel Roofing: Screw in the Flats or the High Ribs

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

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

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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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Steel Price Increase

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/05/11 @ 8:00
Steel Price Increase

I have to admit, steel price increases have in the past, been huge drivers of business. My own personal opinion is I would rather see your hard earned money stay in YOUR pocket, instead of the pockets of some faceless corporation. I know I work hard for my money, I am sure you work hard […]

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When It’s Built Wrong – Construction Mistakes

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/03/09 @ 8:00
When It’s Built Wrong – Construction Mistakes

Now me, I look at the photo and think to myself, “This just doesn’t look very good”. Well it isn’t. Our re-involvement with this client began recently when he contacted Justine, Hansen Pole Buildings’ Mistress of Materials. Here was her report: “This client got a building ten years ago and his builders muffed up.  Apparently […]

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Straight Roof Steel Overhangs

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

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

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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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Steel Roofing Stair Stepping

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/08/14 @ 8:00
Steel Roofing Stair Stepping

I’m Truly Trying to Stop As the everyday readers of this column know, I have been reviewing the pole building going up across the street from our home in South Dakota. If you have not been keeping up, run back a few episodes! I’ve been away from SD for a couple of weeks, so have […]

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Missing Shear Walls

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/08/12 @ 8:00
Missing Shear Walls

Shear in the ‘Hood The saga of the neighbor’s pole building continues…. I have restrained myself about as long as I can. Time for me to hack away at what I have to consider to be some basic design flaws. Other than the previously discussed, ‘not designed for the correct wind exposure’. The building is […]

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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 (https://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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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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Steel Stretcher Needed

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/03/12 @ 8:00
Steel Stretcher Needed

Along with this photo came the message: “The Contractor I hired to put up the building will be sending you video from his cell phone sometime today. In the meantime I have taken two photos: one of the gable end and the other of the side wall. The side wall panels are perfect and the […]

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Galvanized Steel for the Golden Gate?

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/03/06 @ 8:00
Galvanized Steel for the Golden Gate?

What if the Golden Gate Bridge Had Been Hot-Dip Galvanized? For those of you who are reading my articles for the first time, I will warn you – I am a little bit of a structures nut. I really want to know about how things work and are assembled, and why. Besides being a structures […]

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When is it Time to Remove Roof Snow?

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/02/19 @ 8:00
When is it Time to Remove Roof Snow?

Regardless of what side of the climate change argument one is on – it has been snowing in Massachusetts this winter. A lot. Late January’s Winter Storm Juno alone brought up to 36 inches of snow in some parts of Massachusetts. https://www.weather.com/storms/winter/news/winter-storm-juno-snow-totals-wind-gusts As if Juno wasn’t enough, another storm followed – leaving so much snow […]

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Rustic Trail Steel Panels

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/12/11 @ 8:00
Rustic Trail Steel Panels

When my first born daughter Annie was alive, her favorite ride at Disneyland® was the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. She and I spent an entire rainy evening riding it over-and-over as there were no lines and it was just a matter of getting from the exit back to the entrance to start all over again. […]

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Ridge Vent with Steel Roofing

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/12/02 @ 8:00
Ridge Vent with Steel Roofing

Proper ventilation is one of the most overlooked, if not entirely ignored features when it comes to pole building. I’ve written about ventilation previously, read more at: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/blog/2014/02/pole-building-ventilation/) For many pole builders and pole building kit providers, their idea of a ridge vent is to just omit the closed cell form fitted closures which should […]

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What Gauge Steel Do I Need?

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/11/24 @ 8:00
What Gauge Steel Do I Need?

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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How to Install Steel Screws on a Roof

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/10/20 @ 8:00
How to Install Steel Screws on a Roof

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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Steel Siding Failure?

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/10/16 @ 8:00
Steel Siding Failure?

In my fledgling days in the pole building industry, we jumped on board when ASC Pacific began offering “Twice the Life” Zincalume® coated steel roofing panels as an alternative to bare galvanized. Keep in mind, back in the early 1980’s almost every roof was unpainted – so this was huge! One side benefit of Zincalume® […]

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Swenson Shear to Cut Steel

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/10/14 @ 8:00
Swenson Shear to Cut Steel

More Ways to Cut Steel When I owned M & W Building Supply in the 1980’s, for a plethora of reasons we would end up with extra sheets of steel roofing and siding. Sometimes it would just be a quantity error on a takeoff, other times clients would just plain change their minds. As people […]

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Sheet Metal Cutting Tools

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/10/10 @ 8:00
Sheet Metal Cutting Tools

There is absolutely nothing finer than a recommendation from one of our clients on a tool, process or procedure which they have used to make construction of their new Hansen Pole Building kit package easier. A challenge, for many, is having to cut steel panels and trims with various sheet metal cutting tools often being […]

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Fastening Steel Panels the Right Way

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/10/02 @ 8:00
Fastening Steel Panels the Right Way

In the early 1980s steel covered pole buildings started to make the move from the steel panels being fastened with nails, to being fastened with screws. At the time I owned M&W Building Supply Company, in Oregon and Farmland Structures (owned by Jim Betonte) provided erection services for the clients of ours who needed to […]

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Old Skylights

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/09/25 @ 8:00
Old Skylights

Back in the day I spent a year working for the now defunct Mac Truss Company in McMinnville, Oregon. Not long after I began working with them, they decided to relocate their manufacturing facilities across town to an old machine shop. All was fine and good with the move, until the fall rains began. The […]

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Pole Barn Communication

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/08/08 @ 8:00
Pole Barn Communication

My lovely bride and I have been married for heading on 15 years. To some, this may seem like a lot, to my grandparents and great-grandparents (who were together for 50 years and more) – hardly a drop in the bucket. In most relationships, success (or lack thereof) is created by communication. Lots of clear, […]

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Ondura

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

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

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Star Wars Lightsaber

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/07/09 @ 8:00
Star Wars Lightsaber

After working on Eric’s self-storage pole building – I looked like I had brought a child’s play Star Wars lightsaber to a sword fight…..blood dripping down my face from being attacked by the blunt end of a flying 2×4 smacking me in my right eyebrow! Yes, safety is important, and although my hat was not […]

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Condenstop

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/07/08 @ 8:00
Condenstop

Eric’s storage building has 5040 square feet of enclosed area. This made for a big roof. A big insulated roof which had a reflective radiant barrier applied between the roof purlins and the steel roofing. Whatever type of insulation is chosen for this type of installation, if it is windy – it isn’t going to […]

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Foam Closure Strips

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/07/02 @ 8:00
Foam Closure Strips

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

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Snapping Lines on Steel with Chalk

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/06/11 @ 8:00
Snapping Lines on Steel with Chalk

CHALK, CHALK, CHALK As kids, we grew up as the last house before the street surface changed from asphalt paving to dirt. Unlike today’s children, whose parents can buy “sidewalk chalk” in a myriad of colors, we improvised. Whenever a new home was being drywalled near us, we would scrounge for scraps of sheetrock. As […]

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Dear Guru: What is #1 Steel?

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/06/02 @ 8:00
Dear Guru: What is #1 Steel?

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

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Dear Guru: Should I Add Closures?

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/05/17 @ 8:00
Dear Guru: Should I Add Closures?

New!  The Pole Barn Guru’s mailbox is overflowing with questions.  Due to high demand, he is answering questions on Saturdays as well as Mondays. 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 […]

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Nailing Steel Roofing on Pole Barns

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

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

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Kynar® Paint for pole buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/05/06 @ 8:00
Kynar® Paint for pole buildings

Kynar® One word says it all – Kynar®. I could extol the aesthetic reasons to use Kynar® painted steel for longer than anyone would be willing to listen. Polyvinylidene fluoride is acknowledged as the premium resin for coil coatings. Popularly known by its original trade name Kynar®, is a PVDF resin-based coating or finish, a […]

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Polyester Paint

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/05/01 @ 8:00
Polyester Paint

Red, white, blue, green, gold, beige and brown. When I was first in the pole building industry, these were the color choices. While they may sound rather limited, given the palette of availabilities today – it was a huge improvement over the original color – bare galvanized! These early colors had a commonality – they […]

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Trimming an Overhead Door

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/04/23 @ 8:00
Trimming an Overhead Door

Every once in a while I surprise people and actually pass out some worthwhile real life scenario information. Today it is going to be a “how-to”: trimming an overhead door. Here is the picture – the client hired a contractor to construct their building and ended up completing the building themselves. The new pole building […]

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Pencil Hardness Tests for Painted Steel Roofing and Siding

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/04/22 @ 8:00
Pencil Hardness Tests for Painted Steel Roofing and Siding

In researching the paint systems applied to steel roofing and siding used on pole buildings, I came up with some interesting information. From an August 2003 story in Metal Roofing Magazine: “There are dozens of criteria and tests paints are subject to, including falling sand erosion tests, acid tests, adhesion after impact and bending, and […]

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Paint Fade

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/04/18 @ 8:00
Paint Fade

When I went off to architecture school at the University of Idaho in 1975, I needed a vehicle which would be a little better suited to the weekly commute from Post Falls to Moscow. My 1964 Datsun pickup (they were really tiny then) had been OK for motoring around town in high school – but […]

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Steel Coil Coating

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/04/09 @ 8:00
Steel Coil Coating

Several years ago, I had the experience of touring a steel coil coating facility in the Midwest. For folks like me who love a magic show, coil coating ranks right up there for entertainment value. Steel coil coating is a continuous and highly automated process for coating steel before fabrication. As a coil of steel […]

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Galvanized Steel Coil

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/04/08 @ 8:00
Galvanized Steel Coil

Before Steel Coil Can Be Coated  I think far too often we take for granted the many processes companies spend lots of time and resources (not to mention money) to give us products with features we come to take for granted.  Like making sure metal such as steel does not rust and corrode after years […]

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Where Pre-painted Steel Coil Comes From

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/04/04 @ 8:00
Where Pre-painted Steel Coil Comes From

Where Pre-painted Steel Coil Comes From At the National Frame Building Association (NFBA) 2014 Frame Building Expo were several exhibitors who paint steel coil. These coils are used by steel roll formers to create siding and roofing panels, as well as trims for pole buildings. Among these companies were AkzoNobel, Dura Coat Products, Precoat Metals, […]

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Steel Siding and Zinc

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/02/06 @ 8:00
Steel Siding and Zinc

Galvanization refers to the coating of steel with zinc.  This is done to prevent rusting of the steel. The value of galvanizing stems from the corrosion resistance of zinc, which, under most service conditions, is considerably greater than steel. The zinc serves as a sacrificial anode, so it cathodically protects exposed steel. This means even if […]

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Steel Siding Scratches & Dents

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/01/31 @ 8:00
Steel Siding Scratches & Dents

Don’t Itch the Scratch Back in the day (July 1988 to be more precise) I had purchased a brand new black Jaguar XJ6. This was one seriously beautiful car. The first night I took it home, it had to be parked in the driveway, as the garage space had not been rearranged to allow room […]

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Your Pole Building Roof and Insurance

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

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

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Is Galvanized Steel Siding an Eyesore?

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/12/10 @ 8:00
Is Galvanized Steel Siding an Eyesore?

Like many things, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I recently saw a photo of a McMansion in Florida, valued at eight figures, with a galvanized steel roof. Personally, I thought it looked pretty darn nice (as did the architect, builder and home owner apparently). What got me going on this subject was […]

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Oil Canning and Steel Trims

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/12/05 @ 8:00
Oil Canning and Steel Trims

Oil canning is the perceived waviness in the flat areas of steel trims. Generally the “period” and “amplitude” (in layperson’s terms – the frequency and size) of the wave depends upon the continuous width of the flat part of the trim. Oil canning is an inherent part of light gauge cold formed metal products, particularly […]

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Steel Thickness

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/10/25 @ 8:00
Steel Thickness

The Rumors One Hears Author’s Note: This is part 8 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! I suppose not every customer walks into a lumberyard fully dressed in leathers. I have […]

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Dear Guru: Size of Concrete Collar; Grounded Metal Siding

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/09/13 @ 8:00
Dear Guru: Size of Concrete Collar; Grounded Metal Siding

Dear Pole Barn Guru is normally my Monday Feature, but lately I’ve gotten backed up on questions – so in honor of Friday the 13th, am hosting an additional segment.  This is why I encourage those with questions to provide email addresses, which are used for nothing other than answering your questions. We don’t SPAM […]

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Ceilings: Steel Liner Panels

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/08/15 @ 8:00
Ceilings: Steel Liner Panels

In many parts of the country, a popular ceiling is to use steel liner panels. Generally the liner panels are the same rib configuration as steel roofing and siding, the difference being the panels themselves generally have little or no warranty on either the paint, or the steel themselves. As the paint is not exposed […]

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Siding Trends

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/08/06 @ 8:00
Siding Trends

There was a time when all barns were sided with wood. A drive around any rural countryside will confirm this; old wood covered barns are seemingly everywhere (although not necessarily in great condition, as wood requires maintenance). As galvanized corrugated steel became more readily available, as well as affordable, the pendulum swung away from the […]

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Moisture Barrier: A Bad Place for Plastic

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/07/16 @ 8:00
Moisture Barrier: A Bad Place for Plastic

Eric, one of the owners of Hansen Buildings, was chattering with me today about the number of interesting telephone calls he fields. Many of these are probably due to this blog, as well as “Ask the Pole Barn Guru” – the weekly advice column for those with pole building questions, concerns, or who just are […]

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Ask the Pole Barn Guru: What Type of Screws Should I Use?

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/07/01 @ 8:00
Ask the Pole Barn Guru: What Type of Screws Should I Use?

What Type of Screws Should I Use? Email all questions to: PoleBarnGuru@HansenPoleBuildings.com DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Screws.  I have used the common hex-head with steel/neoprene washer many times in the past.  I have had some of them rust, and over the 16 years one building has stood many of them now appear loose, washers not […]

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Dear Pole Barn Guru: How to Clean a Steel Roof?

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/05/20 @ 8:00
Dear Pole Barn Guru: How to Clean a Steel Roof?

How to Clean a Steel Roof 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 […]

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Roof Replacement – Steel Roofing

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

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

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Red Rust Really Bothers Me

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/05/08 @ 8:00
Red Rust Really Bothers Me

The questions, comments and concerns never seem to end in my profession. Part of what helps to keep things interesting for me after more than three decades. Today a client asks: “I would like to see what the credit would be to omit the steel siding. the red rust really bothers me so I am […]

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Dear Pole Barn Guru: Vapor Barrier & Compaction Questions

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/04/29 @ 8:00
Dear Pole Barn Guru: Vapor Barrier & Compaction Questions

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:  Will […]

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Metal Roofing Vs. Mother Nature

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

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

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Galvalume ®

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/04/03 @ 8:00
Galvalume ®

My first exposure to Galvalume ® was when ASC Pacific introduced “twice-the-life” Zincalume in the 1980s. They were marketing the product in its bare (unpainted) form as an alternative to the more familiar bare galvanized sheet steel. It looks similar to galvanized steel, but the visible crystals (or spangle) are smaller and close together, giving it […]

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No Not F Channel

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/03/20 @ 8:00
No Not F Channel

Hansen Pole Buildings Designer Rick recently asked me this question about overhangs and F Channel: “A question came up about soffit support.  The client is a builder trying to close a garage for his client.  He asked about soffit/enclosed overhangs.  He asked why we do not use an F channel trim to hold the soffit […]

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Ask the Guru: Is Vapor Barrier Required?

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/03/18 @ 8:00
Ask the Guru: Is Vapor Barrier Required?

For those of you just joining Mike the Pole Barn Guru’s Blog – Mondays are now “Ask the Guru” where you can submit construction and building product questions for Mike to answer in upcoming Monday segments of this blog.  If it is a topic Mike is not well versed in, or a new product he […]

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Preventing Horse Barn Fires Part II

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/03/06 @ 8:00
Preventing Horse Barn Fires Part II

Preventing Horse Barn Fires- Part II If you missed my blog yesterday – it would behoove you to go back and pick up Part I on Horse Barn Fires.  As I mentioned –  I get Email alerts when new articles appear on line about pole barns. Sadly, far too many of them involve fires in […]

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Preventing Horse Barn Fires Part I

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/03/05 @ 8:00
Preventing Horse Barn Fires Part I

Thanks to Google, I get Email alerts when new articles appear on line about pole barns. Sadly, far too many of them are from online versions of newspapers and involve fires in horse barns. Usually, but not always, these fires were entirely preventable. My daughter Bailey (https://www.baileymombtraining.com/) is a professional horse trainer and she would […]

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Steel Roofing: This Lap isn’t Dancing

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/02/19 @ 8:00
Steel Roofing: This Lap isn’t Dancing

In 2005, Hansen Pole Buildings supplied a new pole building kit to a client in Hernando, Mississippi. He opted not to construct his own building, instead hiring a builder who had constructed several of our buildings. Recently, the client called to ask some questions about his building – specifically who the manufacturer of the steel […]

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Steel Roofs and Fire

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/02/14 @ 8:08
Steel Roofs and Fire

When the problem isn’t the problem…. Two recent fires in Chautauqua County, New York involving steel roofs have raised a potential problem for firefighters. Fire officials say the durable material used in roofing is becoming more common as building owners turn to alternative options. However, as highlighted with recent blazes in Sinclairville and Westfield, N.Y., […]

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Repainting Steel Building Panels

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/01/23 @ 8:00
Repainting Steel Building Panels

Considering repainting steel panels? Steel roofing and siding is designed to provide decades of maintenance free use. There are cases where clients feel the need to change colors, which can be done, following the process outlined below for repainting steel panels. Any building panel surface to be repainted must be prepared and treated properly to […]

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Lawsuits Amass for Spray Foam Insulation

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/12/20 @ 8:00
Lawsuits Amass for Spray Foam Insulation

I read lots of online forums where people discuss issues with their pole buildings. One all too common complaint is their roofs “drip”. For these people, they saved a few dollars when their buildings were built, by making no provision to control condensation from forming on the underside of the building’s roof steel, only to […]

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Insulation Vapor Barrier

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/12/17 @ 8:00
Insulation Vapor Barrier

There are some days when I feel as if I have become the “Dear Abby” for everyone else’s pole barn problems. So many of these problems could have been easily avoided, and at a relatively low cost, at time of construction. A reader writes: “I have a Morton pole barn that really sweats this time […]

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Vapor Barrier – An Unforgiving Pole Building Mistake

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

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

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Steel Thickness: Just When I Think I Have Heard it All

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/11/22 @ 8:00
Steel Thickness: Just When I Think I Have Heard it All

As Holidays are for family – today I am spending it with….my lovely bride in Ecuador! Sometimes you just gotta get away – and relax!  As is my habit, I take holidays “off” from writing, so today is a “rerun” of a blog…usually one which had a high readership.  This one had over 10,000- so […]

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Drip Stop

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

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

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T1-11

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/11/01 @ 8:00
T1-11

One of the Hansen Buildings team members happens to have more than some expertise in the lumber industry. Recently, he had a client ask him about T1-11 as siding, and he shared his response with me. What he wrote was so well done, I felt compelled to share it. Here it is: “I will share […]

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How Does Vapor Barrier Prevent Condensation with Steel Roofing?

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/10/10 @ 8:00
How Does Vapor Barrier Prevent Condensation with Steel Roofing?

Condensation will occur on any surface when the surface air temperature is at or below the “dew point temperature” for an air-water (vapor) mixture. The dew point temperature is the temperature at which the air can no longer “hold” all of the water vapor which is mixed with it, and some of the water vapor […]

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And Now…Insulation Crime!

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/10/04 @ 8:00
And Now…Insulation Crime!

If you didn’t read yesterday’s blog – is good to catch up as a lead-in for today – well worth the time.  In it I discussed a problem a reader had asked for tech support about an insulation issue. So today – yet another reader has written…. “I am in the process of finishing a […]

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Insulation Dilemma

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/10/03 @ 8:00
Insulation Dilemma

A reader writes (spelling, grammar errors included): “When I built my barn I had 2″ insulation bats put between the outside framing and the tin. The side toward the tin is just open insulation. The inside is that heavy with plastic or whatever it is. I built with books shelve perlins on 2′ centers. Thinking […]

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Steel Roofing on ABC News

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/09/11 @ 8:00
Steel Roofing on ABC News

Steel roofing has many benefits, some obvious, some not so obvious – until faced with a potential disaster! Besides the ease of installation, it is durable, attractive, energy efficient, lightweight, recyclable and versatile. It will withstand deep snows, high winds and…it is fire resistant. The relevance and importance of fire resistance was recently spotlighted on […]

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Purlins: Missing Screws

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/08/22 @ 8:00
Purlins: Missing Screws

Just in case I have never mentioned how much I appreciate the questions posed to me by Bob, one of the Hansen Pole Buildings’ Designers, I will do so here. Bob writes, “I got into a discussion with a gentleman in Kansas that liked our design approach (post spacing, double interior trusses, purlins on edge, […]

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This is a Test: Steel Strength

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

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

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Cool Roofs

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

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

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Steel Thickness: Just When I Think I Have Heard it All

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/05/21 @ 8:00
Steel Thickness: Just When I Think I Have Heard it All

Rachel is one of the Building Designers at Hansen Buildings. This afternoon she sends me an Instant Message.  Here is how it went: Rachel: “Want to hear a new one?” Me: “Always” Rachel: “This customer talked to a local builder about 29 gauge steel and the builder said… Me: “Drum roll please” Rachel: …..”Miller makes […]

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Rigid Insulation Boards Part II: Foam Board

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/04/20 @ 8:00
Rigid Insulation Boards Part II: Foam Board

 Yesterday’s blog featured a discussion of the various foam board products with application for your new pole building.  Used correctly, they provide good thermal resistance. Applied incorrectly can create a huge structural problem with pole buildings, along with safety issues. Protect all types of foam  insulation from direct sunlight. Over time, the sun’s ultraviolet rays […]

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Rigid Insulation Boards

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/04/19 @ 8:00
Rigid Insulation Boards

Foam boards—rigid insulation boards—can be used to insulate almost any part of your pole barn, from the roof down to the foundation. They provide good thermal resistance. Foam board insulation sheathing reduces heat conduction through structural elements, such as wood wall girts and roof purlins. There are some who would feel the best application of […]

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Thermodynamics and Reflective Radiant Barriers Part II: Application

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

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Roof Safety: How to Walk on a Steel Roof

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/01/25 @ 8:00
Roof Safety: How to Walk on a Steel Roof

If I had a nickel for every time a client has asked me the question, “Can I walk on my steel roof”? I would have several rolls of nickels! My initial thought is always one of, why would anyone want to walk on their roof to begin with? But the answer to the question is […]

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Why is My Steel Roof Leaking?

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/01/24 @ 8:00
Why is My Steel Roof Leaking?

Yesterday, I was contacted by one of our clients who invested in a new Hansen Pole Building back in 2008. While his inquiry was about re-roofing his building using shingles, the real issue is – his steel roof is leaking! Properly installed, a threw-screwed steel roof should never, ever leak. So, what exactly would be […]

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Why Steel Roofing?

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

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

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Let’s Talk Steel Thickness

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/01/02 @ 8:00
Let’s Talk Steel Thickness

Three decades ago, when I was a newbie in the pole building industry, I was working in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. One of the local roll formers was selling steel roofing and siding as 26 gauge or (as they called it) .018E. To begin with, what is a steel roll former? The process of […]

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Say No to Ring Shank Nails on Steel Roofing and Siding

Posted by polebarnguru on 11/12/30 @ 8:00
Say No to Ring Shank Nails on Steel Roofing and Siding

As we near the end of 2011, I’ve been browsing various websites from the pole building industry. When I first entered the post frame business in 1980, nearly everyone was attaching steel roofing and siding to purlins and girts using ring shank nails with waffle heads, with rubber washers. It only took a couple of […]

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Stitch Screws: What do they do?

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

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

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Cold Rolled Steel: Look like the Old West

Posted by polebarnguru on 11/09/15 @ 8:00
Cold Rolled Steel: Look like the Old West

Look like the Old West In the past week, we had two clients specifically request “rusted” steel roofing. If you have ever been to a theme park which had an “Old West” section (think Knott’s Berry Farm or portions of Disneyland), you’ve seen buildings and facades which have rusted steel roofs. Well – they did […]

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Car Hail Damage: Hitting on Hail for the Last Time

Posted by polebarnguru on 11/09/13 @ 8:00
Car Hail Damage: Hitting on Hail for the Last Time

Spending two weeks in TN in August gave me plenty of time on my daily morning run to see all kinds of damage from hail (in April) described by my son and daughter-in-law who live there, as “the biggest we’ve ever seen”.  I couldn’t help noticing the beat up siding, holes the size of baseballs […]

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Steel Roofing: Hail, Hail the Gang’s all Here

Posted by polebarnguru on 11/09/12 @ 8:00
Steel Roofing: Hail, Hail the Gang’s all Here

A couple weeks ago I posted about vinyl siding damage due to hail storms in the Knoxville, Tennessee area. Vinyl siding was not the only thing damaged – on my four mile running loop are numerous yard signs from roofers. The roofers are replacing shingles which were damaged by the same storm. When I first […]

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Roof leaks: Where does condensation come from?

Posted by polebarnguru on 11/08/16 @ 8:00
Roof leaks: Where does condensation come from?

Roof Leaks: Where does condensation come from? When the weather turns cool in the fall, we get calls from customers with “roof leaks”, even when it has not been raining. These “leaks” are actually from condensation and are often reported as, “My steel roof is sweating”. Steel roofing does not sweat. Having no sweat glands, […]

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