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November 20, 2016


 Add an overhang to your pole barn for more recreational space

There's something calming about sitting under an overhang and being in the peaceful outdoors. A nice overhang in front of or around the entire perimeter of a pole barn provides a cozy and permanent picnic area or somewhere to simply place your favorite chair and enjoy the sights around you. The Pole Barn Company offers a variety of overhangs with their pole barn kits to add yards of enjoyable space. Configure your ideal pole barn here: http://www.thepolebarncompany.com/quote/index.php?package=standard&zip= Or call us 844-213-0034 and we’ll help you!

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November 13, 2016

Pole Barns and Cold Weather Conditions

“So if the process of condensation tells us that in metal buildings there are three possible consequences of moisture – corrosion, rust and degradation – why would I ever buy a metal pole barn kit if I live in a rainy, snowy region of the United States?”

We love this question and get it a lot!

“So if the process of condensation tells us that in metal buildings there are three possible consequences of moisture – corrosion, rust and degradation – why would I ever buy a metal pole barn kit if I live in a rainy, snowy region of the United States?”


We love this question and get it a lot!  Condensation sure is a dangerous condition IF IT PENETRATES THE METAL SURFACE. Our pole barn buildings are actually designed to defend against condensation and other extreme cold weather conditions.  


To effectively control condensation in metal pole barns, it is necessary to reduce the cold surface areas where it may occur. That is the secret…and here is how we suggest you do that:


First, let’s talk about the pole barn building’s exterior and how it will stand up to snow, ice and cold rain. Water, of course, can damage a pole barn building, causing rust, corrosion, and pre-mature aging. But, just like any home, there are things you need to do to protect your pole barn from the elements. Waterproofing and weatherproofing products must be used in the construction process to prevent leaks and condensation in metal buildings. Carefully sealing to the metal seams at side

and end-laps using vapor retarders will help maintain the integrity of the metal pole barn structure and protect it from moisture. Here is a link to read about how to effectively seal metal structures using vapor retarders: http://www.mbma.com/media/10.01.01Condensation.pdf


It is also important to minimize the air moisture within your metal pole barn building.

If you are planning to use your pole barn in very cold regions of the country, we recommend you insulate it for more comfort. Generally, if you are using your pole barn for storage, not much insulation is needed. But, if you are using it to house livestock, to live in or as a business or workshop, you’ll want more insulation and protection from the cold.


Most pole barn framing is generally 24 inches apart giving you plenty of space to roll out blanket insulation in between the studs. You can also insulate the ceiling this way. Next, you’ll want to cover the insulation. If you are simply using your pole barn for storage, you can cover the insulation with plastic, but if you have bigger plans for your pole barn, you’ll want to cover the insulation with drywall, planks or boards. We love the look of wood planks in a pole barn. Check these options out: http://www.plankwood.co/


Flooring can also add more protection and warmth to a pole barn. You’ll also want to consider your intended use of the pole barn when you choose your flooring. Pole barns that are used for storage can get by with a simple dirt or concrete floor, but if you are using your pole barn for business or home, you’ll certainly want better flooring choices. Just like a traditionally constructed house, you can any style of flooring you wish to create style, protection and warmth.


Once you’ve constructed your pole barn to meet your intended use, you’ll want to add heating (and probably cooling). If you are simply using your pole barn for storage, then you can probably get by with minimal insulation. But if you want more from your pole barn building, you can use anything that you use in home construction to provide heat including forced air, geothermal or electric heat.


There is so much you can do to add warmth and comfort to your pole barn.  Rhino Building Products offers many solutions for just this. Visit http://www.rhinobldg.com/products/ for some really good products for metal buildings construction like pole barns.


We hope we’ve answered some of your questions regarding condensation as a result of weather conditions on a metal pole barn structure. If not, give our experts a call at 844-213-0034. Or, visit our website at www.thepolebarncompany.com for FAQs and blogs on many subjects related to the construction of metal pole barn kits.

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November 3, 2016

Pole Barn Kit Colors

 What color of pole barn do you want? Yep...we got that!

November 23, 2015

Is the Site You Are Considering Big Enough for Your Pole Barn?

A pole barn is the ideal type of building to shelter horses and livestock, store feed or farming equipment, or even use as a house. It can provide valuable space and enhance the value and appearance of a property.

November 16, 2015

Designing a Pole Barn to Use as a Riding Arena

Pole barns can be used for many purposes, including animal barns, hay storage, and homes. Pole barns are sometimes used on farms as indoor riding arenas so that owners can practice riding horses and the animals can get exercise regardless of the weather.

November 9, 2015

Which Type of Door Is Right for Your Pole Barn?

 When planning for a pole barn, one of the most important decisions you need to make is what type of door to install. The kind you choose will depend on how the building will be used, the weather in your region, and whether you will be heating and cooling the building.

November 2, 2015

Choosing the Right Nails to Build Your Pole Barn

Choosing the right nails for your pole barn can reduce maintenance requirements and improve the appearance of the building. Barns and storage buildings use four types of nails that come in a variety of lengths...

November 21, 2014

A Pole Barn Is a Green Building Solution

Green building and energy efficiency are major concerns for many people who want to construct buildings on their property. Whether you intend to use it for storage, a home, or a store, a pole barn can help you conserve natural resources and contribute to low energy costs.

November 14, 2014

Fire Destroys Pole Barn in Pennsylvania

We like to promote the many benefits of a pole barn building, but if you are constructing yours out of wood you need to be aware of the risk posed by fire.

November 7, 2014

Using Pole Barns for Emergencies

No matter where you live, there are natural disasters and climate hazards that can cause significant damage to your home. Floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and tornados are just a few of the major disruptions people across the country have to be prepared for...

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