NOT ALL BARNS ARE BUILT THE SAME

  

When you look at a pole barn on the outside, most barns look just like the next one, unless of course you choose to add on a porch, overhang along the roof line, extra windows, and other items to add some flair.

 

However, if you’re a person who has ever purchased a few tools from the Dollar Store, then you’ll know that not all tools are made the same. We have all been suckered into picking up a cheap pair of pliers or a box of screw bits from a store that sells inexpensive import tools only to have them break on us after one or two uses. 


Pole Barns are not that extreme, but they can be made on the cheap; and when that happens, you’ll notice over time that getting the quick deal was not worth it in the long run. 


We contract with builders who have higher standards in the materials and construction of each barn. 

six good reasons to work with us

(1) we make our laminated beams

laminated beam

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 beams. Each beam is made from layers of 2X6 (or 2x8) Yellow Pine, glued, pressed, then screwed together.  We bury the treated lumber 48" deep. (code is usually 36") You can learn more about it in an article from Construction Magazine where they explain why "glue-lams" are better for building.  

(2) more screws than nails

 There is certainly a place in the framing of a building for both, but where it counts, we use coated screws instead. The reason is because they just work better and last longer. Popular Mechanics did research on this topic and said that screws “… have stronger holding abilities than nails and can draw pieces together. Coupled with an adhesive, screws create a very tight bond between two pieces of wood.” 

(3) more roof trusses


We order the trusses for your barn built just for your size and install them every 4 feet. Some builders span every 6 to 8 feet, but adding those extra roof supports will minimize potential damage due to a heavy snow load, and it simply adds more weight to the construction helping with possible wind damage. More trusses mean more wood to attach your roof in place, and a greater overall strength of your building. 

(4) we like perma columns

 This is a proven way to increase the strength and longevity of your barn. A Perma Column is a cement post buried in the ground on which your laminated posts are mounted. On the average barn, they do increase the cost by  a few thousand dollars, but, you’ll never wonder if your posts are rotting in the ground. We do build with treated lumber if you choose not to use the perma columns, but you may want to consider the piece of mind they offer.  

(5) 40 year warranty on metal

We use 29 gauge metal and partner with Qualiform Metals out of Shiloh, Ohio. They’re confident in their product and offer a 40-year warranty on the color. Even during the sunniest summers here in the mid-west, you should never worry about your barn roof or sides fading out.  Did you know your insurance company may lower your rate for a metal roof, and they deflect the suns rays more than shingles, offering a bit more efficiency.    

(6) Amish crews are the best

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.