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April 19, 2016

How to Frame an Entry Door in a Pole Barn

When people are designing pole barns, one area that they tend to give less thought to is the entry door. Since you will be walking in and out of the door regularly, especially if you are using your pole barn as a residence or shop, you want to make sure it is designed and hung right. Here are some guidelines to follow.

When choosing the location for your entry door, think about the weather in your region, especially whether or not you tend to get heavy snowfalls in the winter. If you do and you want to install your door on the sidewall, consider using snow brakes or a similar device to prevent snow from sliding off the roof and blocking the door. Another option is to place the entry door on a peaked endwall or under a side shed, if the building has one. In an area that gets a lot of snow in the winter, it is best to swing the door in to open it, not out. Make sure the door will not come into contact with any overhead door rails when it is opened.

Install the entry door column with enough space between it and the closest structural building column to place the door assembly. Leave an extra ¼ to ½ inch of space in case there are any irregularities in either of the columns.

Entry doors usually come with one 4x4 pressure-treated column per door. The other side of the door is mounted to a main building column. If you want to hang the door in another location, you may need another post.

Securely nail the skirt board and girts to the door column. Notch the skirt board out to a height of 3 ½ inches above the bottom of the skirt board between the two columns. Coat the cut edges of the skirt board with a Copper Napthenate solution and lay the part of the skirt board that was removed flat behind the skirt board. Trim the column so it is even with the top of the entry door.

The girt above the door is often turned with the narrow 1 ½-inch dimension facing the wind and level between the structural building columns across the top of the door and the door column with the outside edge flush with the outside edge of the standard girt. This is usually done by relocating the nearest girt.




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