Pole Building Roofs

What is the weight of the roof structure?

The pole building roof itself consists of the roof trusses, roof purlins, metal building insulation, truss bracing, roof steel and screws. While the weight can vary greatly, depending upon loading requirements, it will rarely be more than four pounds per square foot. With this said, most customers ask this question because they have concerns about unloading a truck. In most cases, our vendors will be equipped to offload materials they are delivering themselves. There do exist exceptions to this, especially in the case of large span trusses (over 40′ in width). In cases where unloading equipment will be required, the vendors will notify you in advance of necessary equipment.

Do the eaves and ridge of your buildings make provisions to keep out birds and insects?

Yes. At the eave not only is trim provided to fit tightly at the top of the wall steel up against the roof steel, but we also provide reflective building insulation to aid in filling the voids at the steel ribs. At the ridge, we provide closed cell foam closure strips to fill the gap between the roof sheeting and the ridge cap. These closures are UV-resistant and because they are closed cell, they will not soak up moisture like a sponge. It is extremely important for this part of the installation to be closely followed. It will be the difference between a leaky building and a weather-tight structure.

Is the peak of my roof in the center of the building?

As a standard practice, yes. Our advertised prices are for a gable roof with the peak in the center as this is the most cost-effective and practical design. Customized designs can be done to offset the peak or even have the entire roof slope in a single direction, for an additional charge.

What if I want a colored steel roof?

Our Premier buildings come standard with a painted steel roof in your choice of colors.

How long is the steel roofing and siding guaranteed?

Depending upon where you will be building, geographically, we offer steel roofing and siding from all major nationwide steel roll formers. Paint warranties are available from none at all, to as long as Lifetime, depending upon your needs and budget.

How do I design a roof to attach a new building to an existing building?

Because of the tremendous number of variables involved we prefer to not be involved, in adding on to existing structures.

Is the roof a concealed fastener system?

Not on our standard buildings. Standing seam roofs are available. They are considerably more expensive
than traditional pole building roofs. On request, we would be happy to quote the surcharge for this feature.

Can you provide me with a roof-only, “hay shed” type structure?

From an engineering standpoint, roof-only structures pose many inherent problems. As such, we normally decline to quote them. In most cases, framing and siding can be added to enclose the endwalls to the ground and actually lower the building cost!

Can I order an overhang on the roof?

Yes. Standard buildings come with practically no overhangs (just enough to get runoff water into a gutter on the eave sides) however, overhangs can be done on one or more sides. They can be either open (where framing can be seen looking directly up from beneath) or enclosed, with soffit material beneath. The most popular dimensions for overhangs are 12, 18 or 24 inches. In most cases, 24-inch overhangs are the most cost-effective in price per square foot covered.

Will birds enter my building through an open overhang?

No. “Open” only refers to the underside of the overhang not being enclosed with a soffit panel.

Must I have a steel pole building roof?

No. Roofing can be asphalt or fiberglass shingles, wood or cedar shakes, and even tile! The choices are endless. However, steel is the most cost-effective. It is lightweight and extremely durable.