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March 7, 2014

Preventative Maintenance

Because pole barn buildings are known for being durable many owners tend to neglect regular maintenance. Like any building, a post-frame barn from a pole barn kit will need to be tended to in order to prevent collapsing and accidents. Only a week ago in Fennville, MI a horse was killed and four others injured when the roof of the pole barn building they were staying in collapsed from heavy snow. The pole barn was 40 x 85 feet and built properly but the heavy snow was too much for the roof and it led to a serious accident.

Winter is a very harsh time across the country and if you live in an area that is prone to heavy snow and ice accumulation, you need to inspect your pole barn regularly to repair any defects. Snow and ice removal is crucial for keeping the roof and gutters safe and it also helps the insulation. After a snowfall, take the time to prop a ladder against the pole barn and use a shovel or broom to clear the roof of snow. If your pole barn has gutters, look in the channels to ensure ice dams aren't forming and remove any debris that can cause a clog.

The siding of your pole barn also needs to be inspected. Strong winds and foul weather can weaken and even tear wood and metal siding and if your building has holes and cracks in the side it can lead to leaks and other problems. It doesn't take long to do a quick tour of the outside of your pole barn and look for any wear and tear to the siding.

Lastly, always check your pole barn in the morning and at night. A quick look over can point out areas that are showing signs of weakness and the sooner you repair these defects the better. Look for people leaving equipment leaning against walls and doors, windows that are not fully shut, doors left ajar and other oddities that may weaken the structure of your building.



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