Pole Buildings are anchored to the posts going into the ground, so their integrity is vital to the life of your barn. We use multi-ply 2X6 (or 2x8) posts which are finger-jointed, glued, then screwed together, and come with a LIFETIME WARRANTY against post rot. Not only will the posts stay straight for the next century, we guarantee they won't rot.
Where it counts, we use special GRK Fasteners. These 4" beastly screws fasten all your headers and trusses. 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.
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 barns 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.
Our trusses rest on 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. We engineer our buildings to exceed the requirements used by most counties so you can be sure your barn is still standing for your kids, grandkids, and beyond.
Our suppliers have lots of great color options and only source top quality steel that is backed with a 40-year minimum color fade warranty. Our Roof metal comes with a factory adhered moisture block called "Drip-stop". We offer clear paneling in roofs and walls for daylight, standing seam roof metal, crinkle finish, and a variety of colors and trims.
Even those who live outside of the Mid-West or Pennsylvania know about the folk-lore of the “Amish barn raising”. The time when multiple families and generations come together for a colossal project. Sure, other guys can build a barn, but for our teams, it’s in their blood. Our crews are staffed with generational builders and Bower and Sons stand behind all of our buildings and will service any issues that could arise, for free, within the first year.
If you are brand new to the idea of getting a barn, this 8-minute video will help get your creative thoughts going as you develop a plan. We highlight three simple things to consider: the Footprint, the Features, and the Future of your building.
There are so many options on how to design a barn and you can dress up a building pretty simply without breaking the bank. This video walks through dozens of options when thinking through how to build your barn.
For clients who would like something more than just the average "pole-barn" with metal walls, we can help dress up your barn and build you a "classy" building. Our construction methods are still high quality, but with a few added features like additional windows, vinyl siding, shingle roofs, spray foam, and interior liner panel. If you can think of it, or send us an inspiration picture of what you want, we can build it! This building is located in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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.
If you want a quick look at the different roof truss options, check out this quick video. We walk you through calculating pitch and height, as well as "Flat Cord" / "Scissor" & "Attic" trusses and explain the difference.
Roof trusses are engineered and built in a factory then shipped to your job site. They are different than "rafters" which are built on-site. Roof trusses can single span from wall to wall up to 80' wide with no support needed in the center.
For those of you looking for a barn, you have two main options for how to anchor your building to the ground. The most common option is with posts, and is where we get the name "pole-barn". However, even barns can be constructed using a solid slab foundation and will keep all the lumber away from the dirt, which is a great option for longevity. This video walks through pros and cons of four different foundations used in home construction.
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