Although most barns look the same on the outside, a trained builder can spot the differences that will effect the life expectancy and integrity of your building.
If you have ever purchased a few tools from the Dollar Store, then you’ll know 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 after one or two uses.
Pole Barns, lean-to's, garages, etc., can be made on the cheap; and when that happens, you will notice over time that getting the "best" deal was not worth it in the long run.
Our suppliers and builders maintain a high standard in the materials and construction of every building project.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
It's common to find barns with 2x6 or 2x8 truss carriers, but for the longevity and integrity of your building, we build it right the first time.
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.
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.