Category Archives: Windows

The Case of the Leaking Post Frame Building Window

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/02/28 @ 8:00
The Case of the Leaking Post Frame Building Window

The Case of The Leaking Post Frame Building Window Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s hero – renowned sleuth Sherlock Holmes, was forever solving mysteries entitled “The Case of Something or Other”. To solve this particular mystery neither Holmes, nor Dr. John Watson’s skills will be required. Nor shall we need a call to Scotland Yard. Reader […]

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Single-Pane Windows

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/07/26 @ 8:00
Single-Pane Windows

Single-Pane Windows When I was first in the post frame (pole barn) building industry almost 40 years ago windows were hardly ever a chosen option, and when they were, they were always single-pane windows. Why? Because the buildings were probably never going to be climate controlled and the single-pane windows were cheap. And, as we […]

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Converting a Pole Barn to a Residence

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/09/15 @ 8:00
Converting a Pole Barn to a Residence

Reader BAILEE in LARAMIE writes: “Hi, I have a few questions about the structure of turning a pole barn to a residence in the Laramie, Wyoming area. The current project I am working on has pole spacing of about 10-12 feet. I wanted to know if this is still structurally stable with traditional framing with […]

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Solutions! The Key to a Successful Post Frame Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/07/18 @ 8:00
Solutions! The Key to a Successful Post Frame Building

Solutions! The Key to a Successful Post Frame Building When one considers the tremendous number of individual components and the thousands of people who touch these pieces from concept to jobsite, it is amazing anything ever gets built! I ran some numbers once – tracked the rough path of all of the parts for a […]

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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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Why Use Window Pan Flashing?

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/02/09 @ 8:00
Why Use Window Pan Flashing?

Windows are typically installed using one of two installation system options – a barrier or drained: Barriers do not provide for forgiveness to water infiltration through or around the window opening and should be limited to areas of low rainfall potential or where the area where the window is located is protected by overhangs or porches. […]

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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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Solar Heat Gain Coefficient

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/08/28 @ 8:00
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient aka SHGC Hansen Pole Buildings’ Designer Rachel has a client who is looking for a SHGC rating of .45 or higher and found a window from Cardinal window (made by Marvin Windows) which had a rating of .65 SHGC. Rachel read my blog https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2012/06/low-e-windows/  and wondered if I could talk more […]

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Properly Done Eave Lights

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

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

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Windows and Daylighting

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

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

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What is a Trickle Vent?

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

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

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Colors for Vinyl Windows

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/03/31 @ 8:00
Colors for Vinyl Windows

Back in the early days of my career in the pole (post frame) building industry, the great majority of pole building windows were single glazed (one pane of glass) in anodized aluminum frames. These were several things, none of which would be associated with high quality, all of which were about low price. It wasn’t […]

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Eave Lights in Endwalls

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/01/09 @ 8:00
Eave Lights in Endwalls

Polycarbonate wall light panels are a very affordable way to get natural lighting into pole buildings which will not have finished interior walls. Most often (and most cost effective) is to install them at the tops of the eave sidewalls. (For more reading on polycarbonate eave lights: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/blog/2011/09/polycarbonate-eavelights-light-up-my-life/) There are some cases where it would […]

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Egress Windows

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/08/21 @ 8:00
Egress Windows

Dedicated readers will remember my oldest step-son, Jake. Although he is a high school physics/biology/chemistry teacher by vocation – he seems to have a bit of the “builder gene” in him. For those who missed out on some of prior adventures – they begin here: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/blog/2012/07/construction-time-2/ Jake’s dad is a successful farmer in South Dakota. […]

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Polycarbonate versus Acrylic Eave Lights

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/02/11 @ 8:00
Polycarbonate versus Acrylic Eave Lights

Once again, we do the research, so you don’t have to! My loyal readers will recognize I have researched some things which maybe no one will ever care about. From my perspective – if it makes a difference to even one person, then it was worth the work. Recently one of our clients asked for […]

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Dear Guru: Help! My Windows Leak

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/12/23 @ 8:00
Dear Guru: Help! My Windows Leak

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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Eave Lights

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/07/19 @ 8:00
Eave Lights

For decades, the least expensive solution to bringing natural light into post frame buildings has been what is known as “eave lights”. Eave lights are typically short portions of translucent material installed usually in the upper portion of one or both eave sidewalls. Back in “the day”, opaque fiberglass (actually fiberglass reinforced plastic or FRP) […]

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Ask the Pole Barn Guru: Identifying Tempered Glass

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/06/10 @ 8:00
Ask the Pole Barn Guru: Identifying Tempered Glass

Identifying Tempered Glass Email all questions to: PoleBarnGuru@HansenPoleBuildings.com DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Can you tell me if there is any method to identify glass as being tempered or not without breaking it? Many thanks in advance. SIMPLY SOPHIE DEAR SIMPLY SOPHIE: All glass including mirrors used in hazardous locations as defined in the IBC and […]

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U-factor, not Ewe or You

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/02/21 @ 8:00
U-factor, not Ewe or You

The State of California has enacted legislation, which goes into effect January 1, 2014, in relation to window U-factors in new construction. Not in California? Beware, what starts in California, often migrates quickly to other locales. Please note: The term U-value is often incorrectly used ins tead of U-factor. Now what the hey is a […]

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Double Hung Windows

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/02/18 @ 8:00
Double Hung Windows

True confession time….. (‘most everyone loves it when I fess up to something, don’t they?)…. I have never sold a double hung window to a client, installed one as a builder, or owned a building which had double hung windows. Whew – I feel so much better having gotten this off my chest. There are […]

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Andersen Windows in Pole Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/02/12 @ 8:00
Andersen Windows in Pole Buildings

Hansen Pole Buildings is excited to be a stocking dealer of Silver Line® Windows manufactured by Andersen. Andersen Windows, Inc. is a part of Andersen Corporation; the largest window and door manufacturer in North America. The flagship Andersen® brand is the most recognized and most used brand in the window and patio door industry.  Andersen […]

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Vinyl Windows

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/10/12 @ 8:00
Vinyl Windows

In 1979 I took a position managing a prefabricated roof truss plant for a lumber yard in Oregon. I knew a lot about trusses, quite a bit about lumber, and not very much about windows. Luckily, I had cohorts on the lumber side of things who did have some window knowledge, and were willing to […]

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Bad Customer Service: I’m Melting!

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/09/27 @ 8:00
Bad Customer Service: I’m Melting!

As a toddler, I remember watching the 1939 hit “The Wizard of Oz” on television for the first time. It was terrifying; I saw most of it hiding behind our green “leatherette” couch. In the movie, Margaret Hamilton (as the Wicked Witch of the West) has the following lines, as Dorothy watches her melt: “You […]

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How to Prevent Leaking Windows

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/09/07 @ 8:00
How to Prevent Leaking Windows

Not all, but many post frame buildings have steel siding. The reality is, steel is going to be the most durable and cost effective siding available. Hands down. When I was first constructing pole buildings, we used standard vinyl windows like those stocked and sold at major lumber retailers and big box stores. In order […]

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Windows – A View To The World

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/08/02 @ 7:00
Windows – A View To The World

I really, really like windows. They give a view to the world. They can be used for ventilation. Those are good things. To bring those of you who are just joining my daily blog up to date, I’ve spent this week building a garage – in Happy Valley, Tennessee.  My thanks for the opportunity to […]

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