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Polesaver Sleeves

Polesaver™ Sleeves

Premature decay of pressure preservative treated wood columns is a frequent source of discussion in social media. In all reality, properly pressure preservative treated wood is likely to outlast anyone alive on this planet. For extended reading, please see https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2020/09/pressure-treated-post-frame-building-poles-rot/

Author’s note: I have not personally used this particular product and this article is not to be considered an endorsement, by me, of suitability for your particular end use.

For those who are not yet convinced, Polesaver™ sleeves may provide additional peace of mind. Polesaver™ sleeves are non-toxic, composite barrier sleeves. They feature a dual-layer construction with an outer thermoplastic sleeve and an inner, meltable bituminous liner.

Outer thermoplastic sleeve consists of material with a proven track record in severe ground-contact barrier applications for over 50 years. Inner thermoplastic meltable bituminous sealant is a complex blend of bitumen (asphalt) and over 20 other additives engineered to provide a durable and long-lasting seal to column surface. Its meltable characteristics mean when the sleeve is heated, it melts and penetrates the column surface, bonding the outer thermoplastic layer to wood. This creates an air and water tight seal required to prevent decay. There is a high performance adhesive strip along one edge to allow the sleeve to be wrapped around the column and adhered to itself before heat application.

Upon heating, the liner melts and the outer sleeve shrinks down tightly onto the wood column to create a tough, air and watertight seal to column surface. This seal permanently excludes all factors necessary for wood decay to occur, making conventional ground line decay impossible.

According to their manufacturer, Polesaver™ sleeves are quickly and easily applied to exclude all causes of ground-line decay. Polesaver™ sleeves make conventional ground-line decay impossible, thus ensuring pole strength is maintained over the column’s lifespan. Polesaver™  sleeves significantly reduce inspection, repair and replacement costs, giving lowest cost post option and an expected pole life of 50+ years (considering properly pressure treated wood will last well beyond 50 years to start with).

Inspecting an Existing Barndominium

Inspecting an Existing Barndominium

Reader STEPHANIE in BATES CITY writes:

“We are in the process of buying an existing barndo and will be finishing it out with additional living space. The barndo was built by the current owner, along with his dad, 13 years ago.my question comes from a discovery during inspection on Monday. The research I have done is leading me to believe this issue is not an issue but i want to make certain before we are out of inspection period. The inspector was at first concerned that the pole beams were just sunk into the ground without footers. However, the current owner, who is also the individual who built the structure, came out to answer questions for us. He said he sunk the beams into concrete about 4 feet down. Then there is about a foot or so of “treated” beam in contact with the soil. He assured us the beam was treated specifically to be in contact with the soil. I will include photos following this message. In my research I have learned there is a particular material wrap that can be put around the exposed beams so maybe this is something we can consider down the road if we feel it is better or necessary. My question for you, if you don’t mind…..does this appear to be normal/standard practice for the sunken beams/footers? Do we have any reason to be concerned?”

Mike the Pole Barn Guru says:


Most post frame buildings/barndominiums are constructed with pressure preservative treated columns embedded in ground (like what you are seeing). Provided they have been properly treated to UC-4B standards, they should outlive anyone alive on our planet today (for extended reading please see https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2020/09/pressure-treated-post-frame-building-poles-rot/). Polesaver sleeves™ (https://advancedpostsolutions.com/post-solutions) might also help to alleviate some of your concerns.

If this building was built to engineer sealed site specific plans, then you should feel fairly confident of its structural integrity, if not, I would recommend engaging an Registered Professional Engineer’s services to do a physical inspection to verify structural adequacy and make any recommended repairs/upgrades if needed.