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Building Instructions, Gutters and Spouts, and Crinkle!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I love your site and have used your detailed instructions to start my pole building. I wish I had found your site before I started. 

I was wondering if you sell partial pole building kits? I have been going back and forth to the lumber store several times a week and it’s getting old. I’m at the step of having the purlins up and working on getting the purlin blocks in place. I would need the rest of the materials.


DEAR JOSH: Thank you very much for your kind words, we are pleased you have found us to be of assistance. Sadly, your experience is one we hear far too often – those trips back and forth to the lumber yard end up being time consuming, when your efforts could be better spent being able to be actually making progress. We really are not set up to be able to take and work from a client’s partially constructed project and take it through to the end for them – there are just too many variables which could cause the project to turn out to be less than what you and we expected. If you need technical assistance or advice, going forward, please feel free to ask and we will do our best to assist you.


DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Have a quote from Hansen. Are gutters & downspouts included in the premium trim package? VAN in CINCINNATI

DEAR VAN: Gutters and downspouts are frankly just not practical for anyone to include in a post frame building kit package. In order to do so, we would have to ship you pieces – most usually ten feet in length or less. This leads to lots of seams and if gutters are going to fail and leak, they will most often do so at seams.

The way to go is truly with seamless gutters. Here is some additional reading for you on this subject:


DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am intrigued by the Valspar Crinkle finish coating. Can this be added to a metal barn roof, or does it have to be done at the factory? SUNNY in WOODLAND

DEAR SUNNY: I am intrigued by it also. We have yet to have a client invest in the Crinkle finish, or even inquire about it. In my humble opinion it is due to lack of awareness upon the public. For whatever reason, our industry is fairly slow to offer new features to clients and our own staff is probably just as equally negligent in not having at least advised their clients as to it being an available option.

In answer to your question, it is not a retrofit, it is a product which is painted in a factory.

For more reading: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2017/03/crinkle-finish-steel-roofing-siding/



Post Frame House Quote? Design Recommendations, and A1 Insulation!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Is it possible to get a quote from you guys?

Do you just deliver material or build too?

Hansen Buildings TaglineI am looking to build a house pole barn in Belle Plain MN

Do you have to have a 36″ frost wall to build on a concrete slab?



DEAR JOSHUA: Certainly it is possible to get a quote from us.

Hansen Pole Buildings provides complete custom designed and engineered post frame building kits, delivered to your site anywhere in the continental United States. We include full 24″ x 36″ structural blueprints as well as complete instructions for installation. Our buildings are designed for the average do-it-yourselfer to successfully construct a beautiful new building.

Most post frame buildings are constructed with the slab on grade being poured after the building shell has been completed. For a home, you can do a protected shallow foundation, (https://www.huduser.gov/publications/pdf/fpsfguide.pdf) however the thickened slab at the edges can be replaced by backfill such as clean sand on the inside (heated side) of the perimeter insulation.

One of the Hansen Pole Buildings’ Designers will be in contact with you shortly.

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am interested in a turnkey package. I would like to build a pole shed

36×48  – 10ft walls / 4×12 pitch or so. One 10×8 door or larger if possible. 1 side door 2 std window.

Is there a contact I can make? I am in the 55358 area. MIKE in MAPLE LAKE

DEAR MIKE: Thank you for your interest in a new Hansen Pole Building. We supply complete post frame building kit packages which include highly detailed engineer sealed plans specific to your building, complete step-by-step installation instructions and delivery of your materials to your building site.

Hansen Buildings Construction ManualWhile our buildings are designed for the average person who can and will read instructions in English to successfully construct their own building, we realize some folks just do not have the time or desire to do the work themselves.

Hiring a general contractor to “turnkey” your new building will result in your paying probably 1/3rd more for your building than if you purchased your complete post frame building kit package from us, and then hired a technician to assemble. We can assist you in finding one or more possible builders.

As to contact – the quickest way to get design assistance and pricing is to either call (866)200-9657 and speak with one of our Building Designers, or request a quote at: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/freequote/.

I also encourage clients to try to avoid preconceived notions of dimensions, as what one thinks they might need, might actually not be the best design solution. As an example, per your request, you are creating a fairly good sized building with an overhead door which will only accommodate a single vehicle. By going to either two overhead doors, or a single door which is wide enough for two vehicles, your building will have an appraised value several thousand dollars higher than the one vehicle door (for only a few hundred dollar investment).


DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am building a pole barn which will be wooden framed and metal siding and roofing and a poured concrete floor. I do not plan on enclosing the trusses with a ceiling. At this time I also have no plans for insulation. I was also not planning on having any overhangs on the eaves. My question is on ventilation, should I install a ridge vent? Would a ridge vent serve any purpose without vented soffits. The building is for storage, but If I were to put heat in the building wouldn’t a open soffit and ridge vent just serve to allow all the heat to escape? Would I need to install a ceiling if I added heat? Will I have moisture issues. Thanks, Mike. MICHAEL in DINGMANS FERRY

DEAR MICHAEL: The ridge vent would only be effective with vented soffits. In any case, you need to have a thermal break under the roof steel, if you have not ordered the roofing yet, get it with condenstop (https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2014/07/condenstop/). If you have ordered the roofing, then add a reflective radiant barrier between the roof framing and the roof steel. Either of these should alleviate condensation issues.

If you are going to heat the building, you are best to install a ceiling (gypsum wallboard is my choice). This means trusses need to be ordered to support a ceiling load and they should be designed with a raised heel to allow for full thickness insulation from wall to wall.

This creates a dead air space, which can be ventilated by adding appropriately sized gable end vents at each end.