What we use and how we build

six things to think about

we only use laminated beams

we only use laminated beams

we only use laminated beams

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Pole Buildings are anchored to the posts going into the ground, so their integrity is vital to the life of your barn. Instead of a solid block post, we only use laminated posts. Each post is made from layers of 2X6 (or 2x8) lumber which is finger-jointed, glued, pressed, then screwed together.  We set our posts 4' deep.  You can learn more  in an article from Construction Magazine why "glue-lams" are better for building.  

more screws than nails

we only use laminated beams

we only use laminated beams

GRK fasteners

Where it counts, we use special GRK Fasteners. These 4" beastly screws hold your trusses to the support beams.  The rest of your barn is constructed with 3 1/2" coated deck screws, and of course the metal is attached with color matching woodbinding screws with rubber grommets to prevent any leaking.  Studies show that screws have a longer lasting ability to hold components together. 

more roof trusses

we only use laminated beams

2x12 Double Headers

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Just like any other field of life, did you know lumber comes in various grades?  Our trusses are built with top tier lumber. These grades determine strength and straightness.  All Bower and Sons buildings are built with 4’ on center truss spacing. We will decrease the space to 2’ on center if you plan to hang drywall from the ceiling. Make sure to compare quotes accurately, as many builders will space trusses out to 6’ or 8’ apart.  

2x12 Double Headers

multi-generational expertise

2x12 Double Headers

hurricane straps

 We build our barns with two"truss carriers" made from 2x12 lumber.  These are then attached to each other with"rafter ties" which are 2x6 blocks mounted in-between the headers.  Each truss is additionally connected with hurricane straps attaching the truss to one of the 2x12's beneath it.  


40 year warranty on metal

multi-generational expertise

multi-generational expertise

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We use 29 gauge metal and partner with Qualiform Metals out of Shiloh, Ohio. They’re confident in their product and currently offer a 40-year warranty. They are also working to become the first company to offer a 50-year warranty on color fading. Did you know your insurance company may lower your rate for a metal roof, and they deflect the sun’s rays more than shingles, offering a bit more efficiency. 

multi-generational expertise

multi-generational expertise

multi-generational expertise

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Even those who live outside of the Mid-West or Pennsylvania, where most of our American Amish and Mennonite families are found, all know about the folk-lore of the “Amish barn raising”. The time when multiple families and multiple generations come together for a colossal project.  Sure, other guys can build a barn, but for these men, it’s in their blood.  

Basic overview of barn framing

We believe in building a well-constructed barn.  Not all barns are built the same and we encourage all customers to learn the basics of how barns are built and what type of products are being used in your building.  We choose to make standard several practices that are above the requirements for the majority of our counties.  These are slight enhancements which make for a better building and help our customers rest assured that they get a quality product backed by a company that guarentees the integrity and longevity of thier building.

Pouring concrete in payne, Ohio

Most barn floors are poured with a 4" thick "floating slab".  We typically use a six-bag mix with 4000psi concrete embedded with 1/2" rebar, instead of wire mesh.  Rebar offers greater support within the concrete and our preference is to offer a better engineered product.  This video shows a pouring for a 7" thick floor over top of a radiant floor heat system with a large center drain installed.   

Spray foam insulation

We work with several professional insulators.  On a project in Ohio, we spoke with an insulator who specializes with spray foam.  This interview will help give details of "closed-cell" spray foam insulation and how the process works.  We offer various types of insulation based on your preference and budget.  We do believe that any insulation is better than no insulation.  

24x30x10 stick-frame garage

Not all barns need to be built with a "post-frame" design.  For smaller "stick-frame" builds we can help get your foundation poured and then frame on-top.  This method of building keeps all your wood away from the ground. We also do formed concrete walls instead of "trench-footers" when we stud-frame larger buildings.   


This video is a 5 minute time-lapse highlighting the foundation work for a smaller garage with 2x4 studs and OSB walls and vinyl siding.