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.
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. Each truss is additionally connected with hurricane straps attaching the truss to one of the 2x12's beneath it.
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.
This quick video shows a time lapse doing a 7" concrete floor over 2" of foam board, radiant floor heat tubes, engineered to hold up to a 120,000 pound load.