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FBi Buildings vs Morton: Who's Best for Your Project?

Our builder comparison for this week is featuring Morton Buildings.® Arguably one of FBi’s biggest competitors, Morton constructs post frame buildings for ag, commercial, residential, community and equine facilities. They’re firmly committed to being the industry leader with a focus on innovation, service, and quality. Morton pledges to construct only high-quality, post frame structures that help make your dreams come true.

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5 Reasons Why Pole Barn Truss Spacing Is Important

Whether you refer to them as pole barns or post frame buildings, one thing is certain... the post frame building design has evolved significantly over the years. From round poles to laminated columns, from nails to stainless steel screws, from Silicone Polyester to Kynar, the post frame building continues to innovate.

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FBi Buildings vs Cleary: Who’s Best for Your Project?

Our builder comparison for this week is featuring Cleary® Building Corp.  Similar to FBi, Cleary constructs buildings for ag, commercial, residential and equine facilities. They’re firmly committed to bringing their clients lasting quality all at an affordable price.  In this blog, we will be presenting the facts and strengths of each builder. Our goal is to help you have a better understanding of how FBi compares to Cleary before you make a final decision.

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7 Organizational Ideas for Your Pole Barn

Do you consider yourself an organized person? For some of us, it comes naturally. For others, it’s a work in progress.  Each and every single one of us has our own system on how we store things. It might not make sense to the person who’s trying to find that extension cord or drill bit but it makes sense to you.

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FBi Buildings vs Menards: Who’s Best for Your Project?

We understand that most people shop around and get multiple pole barn quotes before they make a decision. It’s also not uncommon for us to get several questions from our customers asking how we are different from other pole barn builders or pole barn supply companies. Whether you’re looking for a farm building, hobby barn or horse stable, we want to make sure that you understand the seven key differences to look for when comparing builders. Over the course of the next several weeks, we will be comparing our post frame buildings with some of our biggest competitors.

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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Windows for Your Pole Barn

When it’s time for you to start designing your post frame building, what steps do you think you need to take? It’s not uncommon for some customers to sketch their pole barn layout on graph paper because they don’t want to forget their design. Not only does this help them visualize the layout of their building prior to talking to a post frame builder, but it also lets them compare different layouts if they have more than one in mind.

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The 5 Different Types of Pole Barn Porches

Building a pole barn has always been a goal of yours. When you pull into the driveway, you can envision a 40’ x 80’ tool shed in your spacious backyard.  This post frame building will house bikes, four-wheelers, lawnmowers, and other outdoor accessories. But this pole barn isn’t just about storage; it’s about recreation too. A large porch would be an ideal place to hang out with family and friends.

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How to Determine the Right Pole Barn Size

There are a lot of decisions to make when building a pole barn. From the overall building design to figuring out proper site preparation, and even choosing your building colors. Aside from pole barn costs, one of the even bigger decisions to make is trying to figure out the proper amount of square footage you will need...without running out of space. That could be tricky, right? Trust me when I say that we hear this all the time from our customers, “I wish I would have made my building bigger.” And we get it. 

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Pole Barn Wainscoting: 4 Design Benefits You Should Know

We can all agree that building a pole barn is a big decision. For some people, it may take weeks, months, or even years to convince your significant other or business partner(s) of this large purchase.

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Building a Pole Barn? 7 Tips You Need to Know.

After several months (or years) of kicking the idea around of building a pole barn, you’ve finally made the decision that you’re going to move forward with this long overdue project.  You’ve spoken to friends who have a post frame building, you’ve done your research online, and you’ve probably even read Google reviews on who the best pole barn builders are.  Your decisions have been narrowed down to the top three builders (in your opinion), and you want to do your due diligence and make sure you get an apples to apples quote comparison.

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Pole Barn Trends: Man Caves and She Sheds

It’s safe to say that man caves and she sheds are in style. Unless you've been living underneath a rock... Television networks (e.g., DIY, FYI, and HGTV) are premiering series following the rise of this trend. Insurance companies are poking fun at the movement. Poor Cheryl! With all this hoopla, we don’t blame you for wanting a man cave or she shed. In fact, we’ve had customers consciously save their money for this very reason.

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Pole Barn Maintenance: 4 Tips You Need to Know

When your post frame building project is completed, it’s probably a sigh of relief for you. You spent months (or maybe even years) planning the perfect building. Every detail was thoughtfully considered, even down to the type of hardware that was going to be placed on your walk doors.   You’re probably ready to spend every waking minute in your new post frame structure, and we can’t say that we blame you...we would want to do the same thing. But have you thought about the type of maintenance that needs to happen after your post frame building is finished?

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Are You Attending the 2019 Farm Progress Show?

Well, folks, summer is coming to an end. The warm weather is winding down. School is back in session. Department stores are gearing up for Halloween...or Christmas (because it’s never too early to get started on your shopping list). Your favorite primetime drama will soon be gracing your television screen. You can’t help but wonder, “Where did the time go?” Before you put away the pool floats and bust out the flannels/hoodies, let’s focus on one of the positives. This time of the year marks the beginning of the nation’s largest outdoor event – the Farm Progress Show.

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How to Choose Your Pole Barn Walk Door

If we told you that the small details take up the most time when planning the perfect post frame building design, would you believe us? Some of you might. Some of you might not.  Let’s think about that statement for a minute. Think about all of the small details that go into planning a building. From color selections, window options added features like cupolas and weathervanes to overhangs and mansards.  Are those things that you thought about before having a building constructed? Or, are those afterthoughts? My guess is it’s a good mixture of both.

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Pole Barn Kits vs Material Packages: What’s the Difference?

If you’re interested in building a pole barn, there’s a good chance that you’ve done a little research into price estimates.  We shop around when purchasing a vehicle, house, insurance, schooling, television providers, etc. So, it only makes sense that you do the same for your post frame project.

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Our Top 5 Pole Barn Garage Plans

Do you have an existing storage shed or even two-car garage that is overflowing with bikes, Christmas decorations, fishing poles, or even extra boxes and totes that you don’t know where to store? Or are you looking for more storage space for that recently purchased (and still shiny) ATV? If so, it may be time for you to consider building a new pole barn garage.

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100’ Pole Barn Trusses: A Viable Option for Your Building

Are you the type of person that likes to take weekly drives through the countryside? It’s okay to admit it...we don’t mind taking the scenic route from time to time. If so, you probably have a tendency to pay attention to the neighborhood activity. It’s not uncommon for you to notice someone building a new house or post frame building. As you made the journey back home, one job site caught your eye. A wide pole barn structure with 100’ clear-span trusses. You’ve never seen anything like it before.

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5 Ways to Finish the Interior of Your Pole Barn

You’re already aware that when you want to build a new pole barn or post frame building the first thing that you have to do is plan.  Depending on what type of building you have in mind - whether it be a farm shop, retail building, riding arena, or hobby shop - will also determine how long the planning process will take you.  Generally, the bigger the building (especially for commercial buildings), the longer the planning process will take. There will be a lot of back and forths with iterations of different floor plans and prices.

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8 Design Tips to Consider When Building a Horse Barn

As an owner, you’ve considered building a top-notch pole barn for your horses. These animals are your favorite pastime (or livelihood), so why not invest in a new structure? You already have the land set aside. You’ve been consciously saving your money. So, there’s half the battle... Now that you've pulled the trigger, you’re tasked with designing a floor plan for your equine facility. Deciphering between your needs and wants and determining how those will affect your budget can be exhausting. Just when you think you have it all figured out, you start to second guess yourself on building size, features, materials, etc. Grrrr!

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How to Design Your Pole Barn Online

Arguably one of the most difficult decisions of building a pole barn is trying to decide your buildings floor plan. Sure, picking out building colors and deciding what interior and exterior features you may need (or essentially want) is also challenging.  It’s also not uncommon for customers to second guess themselves on what size of post frame building they need. The last thing that you would ever want to happen is to run out of storage space. But, if that is a problem you are currently facing (or budget restrictions won’t allow you to get the size you want), we do design and build pole barn additions.

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RV Storage Buildings: 5 Options to Explore

Rejoice, it’s officially summer! Warm weather is finally here. School is out. It’s the best time to take the kids or grandkids on a camping trip in your RV.

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Pole Building Prices: 6 Considerations for Comparing

When you’re in the process of buying a new vehicle, what steps do you take? Do you research different makes and models? Do you know you’re going to buy pre-owned and want to keep the mileage under a certain limit? Or, do you call up your favorite dealer and just have them start looking for you? If I had to guess, there’s a handful of people who would fall under each category. Right or wrong...it’s just the process of how we shop. But, what if you’re going to buy a new pole barn...what steps would you take? Would it be the same, or would you want to get estimates from multiple builders to see who has the better price?

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4 Ways to Ventilate Your Pole Barn: Why Air Circulation is Important

Building a pole barn is a complex construction project. It’s relatively easy to get caught up in the nitty gritty details of planning and designing your post frame structure.

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7 Most Common Pole Barn Repairs

It’s not uncommon for damaging wind gusts to bully their way through the Midwest. If we didn’t have at least a dozen wind storms throughout the year, we wouldn’t know how to act. Yes, it really is that common. The pole barn construction business would be much easier for us and our competitors if Mother Nature wasn’t so unpredictable. Eventually, you learn to go with the flow and get the job done...no matter the weather conditions.

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6 Types of Commercial Post Frame Buildings: Which One is Right for You?

Are you interested in expanding your commercial business with a post frame building? If so, you’ve come to the right place. When people think of a post frame building, they often picture a farm shop or cold storage building for agricultural equipment. Or, a quaint red barn featuring a white roof, sliding doors, cupolas topped by a weathervane, and grassy fencerows. It makes for a picturesque landscape in the rural Midwest. However, pole barn design and usage goes beyond the realm of agriculture.

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Pole Barn vs Post Frame Building: What’s the Difference?

Pole barn - a term that we have been familiar with since 1958. A term that we commonly use interchangeably with post frame building. A term that will always be used by our customers.

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Color Combination Tips for Your Pole Barn

Building a pole barn is a big decision. Arguably, a bigger decision is designing your pole barn.  Lately, your spare time has consisted of scrolling through online galleries for inspiration. There are multiple building features and layouts to choose from.

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4 Benefits of Post Frame Construction for Commercial Buildings

When people think of a post frame building or pole barn, they envision farm shops, machine sheds, or even suburban garages. The common misconception about post frame is that it’s primarily used for tractor storage. However, what you might not realize is that post frame structures are also an ideal construction method for commercial buildings.

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3 Reasons Why You Should Consider an Open-Sided Building

Are you a hard-working farmer interested in extra storage space for your heavy equipment? Are you a commercial business owner looking to protect your products or service equipment from weather conditions? We all know how unstable mother nature can be, especially living and operating in the Midwest. No matter your livelihood, you may find yourself tired of rearranging your pole barn to use one piece of machinery. Maybe you’re tired of leaving your equipment outdoors. Or, you’re looking for a cost-effective solution, and you don’t want to settle until you find a pole barn that works best for you.

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Pole Barn Construction Process: 4 Steps You Need to Know

Often times, we have customers who call into our office who want a pole barn or post frame building...and they want it now. Which in some cases we can handle the job, and other times it might take a little bit longer to build. Why? Because there are several steps that need to take place before construction can actually begin.

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3 Energy-Efficient Landscaping Tips for Your Pole Barn

Spring has sprung! The remaining evidence of last winter’s snowfall is melting away. Seeds are starting to take root.  The surrounding scenery is coming to life with new sprouts and blossoms. Warmer temperatures are here to stay. Post frame projects are in full swing.  It’s our favorite time of the year.

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Pole Barn Warranty: One That Can’t Be Beat

It’s not uncommon for a pole barn or post frame builder to have different warranties, but would you know where to look for a warranty before you spoke with a salesman over the phone? 

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Pole Barn Structural Integrity: Top 5 Building Components

As you enjoy your Sunday drive through the countryside, you can’t help but notice the diverse lineup of pole barns.  The durable farm shop for a hardworking farmer that houses his/her heavy equipment.  A spacious storage building for the outdoorsman’s RV, boat, and ATV.  An equestrian’s dream horse barn equipped with an indoor riding arena.  The design flexibility of a post frame building is mind-boggling.

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Managing Pole Barn Condensation: 5 Tips You Need to Know

It’s the time of year that most of us are looking forward to...nice weather! The days are starting to get longer, the temperatures are finally starting to get warmer (unless you live in the Midwest because mother nature likes to play tricks on us), and you can finally start working on getting your property spruced up for spring.

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7 Crew Questions to Ask a Quality Pole Barn Builder

Congratulations, you’ve decided to build your dream pole barn! You’ve been consciously saving your money for months, or even years. Now that you have the necessary funds, your free time consists of designing the perfect building online.

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Should I General Contract My Pole Barn? Pros, Cons & Best Practices

There are three kinds of people in the world: Those who make things happen Those who watch things happen Those who wonder what happened Since you’re reading this blog about general contracting your pole barn or post frame building, there’s a pretty good chance that you fall in the “make things happen” group.

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In Need of Pole Barn Repairs? 7 Tips You Need to Know

As a professional pole barn builder, we understand that the weather can be unpredictable and uncontrollable, especially if you live in the Midwest like us. One day, the meteorologist calls for a brutal chill and inches of snow. The next day, it’s sunny with temperatures in the mid-50s.

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Determining the Right Pole Barn Size: 3 Tips You Need to Know

The million dollar question when building a pole barn is, “How do I know what size pole barn I will need?” It’s not uncommon for this question to come up during almost every conversation we have with our customers...and rightfully so. Figuring out what size you need can be a tough decision, especially if you’re thinking ahead about future building expansion.

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Build Your Dream Horse Barn: Our Top 5 Designs in 2019

As an owner, you’ve considered building a top-notch pole barn for your horses. These animals are your favorite pastime (or livelihood), so why not invest in a new structure?  You already have the land set aside. You’ve been consciously saving your money. So, there’s half the battle. Now that you've pulled the trigger, you’re tasked with designing a floor plan for your equine facility. The design process can be a challenging task.

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Pole Barn Insulation: 4 Ways to Defend Your Building From Heat Loss

Brace yourself; winter is officially among us. Mother nature is unpredictable. We never know what type of winter she'll bless us with until it's here. Next thing you know, we're shoveling our snowy driveway and skating across the parking lot. 

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The History of FBi Buildings

Deciding to build a pole barn is a large undertaking. From making the initial calls to the best pole barn builders, all the way to the final touches. The people designing and constructing your post frame building influence your overall experience...from start to finish.

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7 Common Questions About Our Pole Barns

It’s not uncommon for customers to call in and ask the same questions. Some of the most frequent ones that we hear are, “What’s your average cost per square foot?” “How custom can I make my pole barn?” Or, the one that gets asked more than others, “I don’t live in your territory, but could you build my post frame building?” We applaud our customers for asking these questions. We want them to ask these questions. Why? Because we want to be open and honest with everyone that calls in.

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3 Benefits of Building a Pole Barn Before Summer

Has building a pole barn been a goal of yours for quite some time? Maybe you already have acreage to construct one of the following post frame buildings: A durable farm shop to shelter your heavy machinery from the elements A versatile commercial building for your booming retail business A hobby shop that’ll serve as a man cave/she shed with additional storage space A picturesque horse barn equipped with an indoor riding arena No matter the building design, you can’t help but wonder, “When is the best time to purchase a pole barn?” We understand why you would think that because you don't want to miss out on any deals or savings.

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Looking for Pole Barn Pictures? Check out Our Gallery.

Congratulations, you’ve decided to build your dream pole barn! You’ve been saving your money for months, or even years. You’re ready to start breaking ground with proper site preparation. So, what is the next step in the decision-making process? Don’t worry; there’s no right or wrong answer.

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Our Top 5 Pole Barn Hobby Shops in 2019

Have you thought about where you are going to store all of your nice hobby toys such as your boat that you fished on this past summer or that ATV that you and your kids had a blast on this past fall?  Perhaps you plan on purchasing a snowmobile this winter and you’re running out of adequate storage space.

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Residential Pole Barn Buildings: Explore Your Options

Storage. Like it or not, it's something that we all need. If you’re like some, it’s something that we just have to have.  Why? Because we are running out of space...and we have too much stuff. We never thought we would accumulate so much “junk” over the years but we have.  Our house is full. Our closets are full. Our basements are full. Our attics are full. And guess what? We keep getting more stuff to add to the mix.  And guess what? If you have kids or plan on having kids it doesn’t get any better. Kids want and require a lot of stuff. Granted, some of these items can stay in the house but what about the things you see yourself using frequently? 

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Our Top 5 Pole Barn Farm Shops in 2019

Whether farming is your hobby or your business, we understand the many unique requirements of building a safe, efficient, and attractive post frame building. It all starts with proper site preparation, good planning, and intelligent design.  The last thing that you want to have happen is to run out of space in your new farm shop because you built a building that was too small for your current and future needs. It’s not uncommon for that to happen and it’s our job to make sure that it doesn’t happen to you.

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Our Top 5 Farm Shop & Machine Storage Pole Barns in 2019

Farming for a living is anything but easy. It requires hard work, sacrifice, blood, sweat, tears, and dirt...lots of it. At the same time, it’s a beautiful and rewarding lifestyle.  Often, you feel like you're taking a gamble. The markets can be unpredictable. No two years are the same, but that's the challenge you've accepted. Your story is no exception. Despite these obstacles, you’ve worked hard for your place. Also, you’ve made it work hard for you.  We’re sure you’ve heard the saying, “It takes money to make money.” So, what would your next logical step be if (and when) your operation expanded?

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The 3 Best Ways to Heat a Pole Barn in 2019

If you live in the Midwest (like we do), you never know what type of weather you’re going to get...especially in the winter months. Why? Because the winter weather here can be so unpredictable. One day it’s warm...the next day it’s rainy...and the next day? There’s so much snow on the ground that you’re stuck at home. For some people that’s probably an ideal situation to deal with, but for others they still have work that needs to be done. Maybe they have a long commute to work, or maybe their kids are on a two-hour delay and they need to drive them to school, or maybe they have stalls that need cleaned and hay that needs in their horse barn.

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How To Fix a Pole Barn Sliding Door: 5 Easy Steps

Your pole barn project is complete. It’s everything you imagined it would be and then some. Your heavy machinery (baler, combine, tractor, planter, skid steer, etc.) has a nice place to stay in a durable farm shop. After a long day at work, you can sneak away to your custom hobby shop to work on enjoyable side projects. You couldn’t ask for more. 

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3 Guidelines to Follow for a Pole Barn Addition

Your pole barn or post frame building is key to your operation. Your day-to-day activities happen in this building. Your future generations will be working in this building. Or maybe, if you’re in the commercial industry, your monthly income is dependent on this building. But, what happens when the building gets crowded? What happens when you realize that you’re running out of space? What happens when it finally hits you that this building just isn’t big enough?

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Can You Build a Pole Barn in The Winter?

Now that the cold weather is here to stay (especially with the snow that we've been getting recently), we are often times faced with the same question from our customers, "Can you build a pole barn in the winter?" The answer is simple...yes we can.

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Pole Barn Additions: 5 Considerations for Expanding Your Building

Your pole barn or post frame building is key to your operation. Day-to-day activities take place in this building. It’s where you spend a significant amount of your time and for some, helps generate revenue for your business. If you’re a farmer, you store and service heavy machinery in your farm shop. As a hobbyist, you restore antique tractors or classic cars in your hobby shop. Maybe you’re a commercial business owner, and your monthly income is dependent on this building. Occupations aside, you hope that future generations will be able to work in your pole barn. Someday, your children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren will be old enough to follow in your footsteps and expand the trail that you’ve blazed.  But what happens if the building becomes overcrowded? What happens when you realize that you’re running out of space? Or, when it finally hits you that this pole barn isn’t big enough?

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3 Money-Saving Ways to Heat and Cool Your Pole Barn

Did you know that heating and cooling are the largest energy drains in post frame buildings with climate controlled spaces? If you think about it...it does make sense. Heat rises to the top of any building, and if your building isn’t well insulated what happens to the heat? It will escape through the top of your building, or around any windows and doors that aren’t properly sealed.  If you’re losing heat (or even air) around your windows and doors then you’re also wasting money on energy costs. Let’s think about how that concept works. Have you ever noticed that it takes forever for your furnace or even your air conditioner to stop running? That’s because it’s trying to keep up with heating or cooling your post frame building or even home. If there are leaks around windows, doors, or even in your attic then you’re wasting energy.

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Farm Building Plans: Inspiration for Your Building

Have you been thinking about building a new post frame farm shop, tractor storage pole barn, or even a seed warehouse building? There are many things to take into consideration during the planning stage of your new post frame building project and sometimes–ok...let's be real now–the majority of the time, it can be a stressful process.

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Is Renovating a Pole Barn Practical?

Over time, post frame buildings, aka pole barns, can lose their original luster...especially if they’re anywhere from 50-60 years old. We’ve all seen it before–the metal is starting to rust, the sliding doors aren’t functioning as they should, and you’ve been struggling with a roof leak that you just can’t seem to fix...no matter how many times you get someone to come out and look at it.

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What Should Your Pole Barn Warranty Cover?

After months of mulling around the idea, you’ve decided to build your dream pole barn. In your spare time, you research quality pole barn builders in the area. You slip on the reading glasses and scour through countless brochures to educate yourself over post frame construction.  You stumble across a design online tool to help visualize the perfect floor plan. Then, you request a quote from your preferred builder. All those years of saving money has finally paid off!

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Which Type of Door is Best for Your Pole Barn?

Helping farmers and agri-business owners determine the building that best meets their current and future needs is how we got our start back in 1958. Fast forward 60 years later, we’ve built thousands of agricultural buildings throughout the Midwest...each one unique to the farmer or business owner’s needs.

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Custom Built Pole Barn vs Pole Barn Kit: Which Is Right for You?

Congratulations! You’re finally out on your own...living in the ‘real world’ and you couldn’t be happier. You have the freedom to do whatever you want when you want, and it feels so good.

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Post Frame Buildings vs Steel Frame Buildings: Which is Better?

Do you find yourself in this scenario...your business is booming (which is a good thing), but the current space you’re in no longer fulfills your needs? It’s an exciting time for you as a business owner, but now you’re tasked with designing a building upgrade. After much consideration, you’ve decided to build a new structure for your commercial operation.  In your mind, you keep going back and forth between a post frame and steel frame building. Most likely, you’ve convinced yourself that steel is stronger than wood. That steel will last longer than wood. That steel will go up faster than wood.

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Post Frame Home vs Stick Built: What Should You Choose?

It’s a nice, sunny day and you find yourself driving down a country road. What do you see? Fields of corn. Pastures with cows. Post frame sheds. A stick built home currently being constructed. Another stick built home...or so you think.

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Pole Barn Designer: See Your Building in 3D

Our new and improved online design tool helps you take the guesswork out of choosing the right building size and location for your business, garage or farming operation. Not only are you able to design you own custom post frame building, you can also determine window and door placements and exterior finishing options.

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Who Are the Best Pole Barn Builders in the Midwest?

Have you been tossing around the idea of post frame construction? You know you need a new hobby barn or farm shop but maybe you’re waiting until the time is right (or the cash flow is on hand). Which isn’t a bad idea...it’s never good to rush something.  I’m sure you’ve started doing (or have even completed) your research. Maybe you’re looking for a post frame company with years of experience, or maybe you want to find a company who’s part of the midwest.

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Top 5 Pole Barn Builders in Indiana

The World Wide Web has drastically changed our lives since its inception in 1989. Nowadays, we rely on technology for so much. Think about it...we’re always online in some way or another.

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Pole Barn Financing: 5 Lenders to Choose From

Congratulations! You’ve finally decided to move forward with your pole barn building project. You know what size you want, you know what colors you’re going to choose, and you even know what the interior is going to look like.

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3 Tips for Choosing the Best Post Frame Builder

Building a post frame building takes a lot of time, commitment, and dedication on the buyer’s end. There’s a lot of moving parts and pieces that go into the decision-making process, such as:

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How Much Does a Pole Barn Cost in 2019? 5 Factors to Know

Here at FBi Buildings, we have a daily influx of customers calling or sending messages via web chat asking, “How much does a pole barn cost?” This is a great question, but, unfortunately, there is no black and white answer.

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Expanding Your Commercial Business? Let's Talk About Vision.

Are you ready to expand your business and move into a new commercial building? Have you developed a clear vision, or strategy, for your commercial building project? This is going to require some serious thinking – because time well spent now can prevent many headaches, such as delays or cost overruns, later.

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Pole Barn Renovations: What Can You Do?

Over time, buildings can lose their original luster. We’ve all seen it before–the paint is peeling off, the doors aren’t functioning, and that roof is going to cave in any day. Maybe one morning you woke up to realize you want to refresh the building you love. It is full of history and memories, and you want to guarantee that it will last. We want to help you spruce up your building.

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Is a Post Frame Home Right for Me in 2019?

While it’s important to determine if a post frame home is right for you, it’s just as important to figure out if you’re a right fit for a post frame structure. You’re probably wondering why that’s even important because a pole barn has to be cheaper than stick built, right? Well, not necessarily and here’s why. It takes a certain type of homeowner to get the biggest bang for their buck with pole building construction. But before we discuss who that ideal customer is, let’s cover the basics of post frame construction and why people assume they’re a cost effective solution for a brand new home.

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5 Ways to Take Control of Your Building Project

Storage buildings go by a lot of names: Utility barns, shops, sheds, outbuildings—you name it. But they all have one thing in common: they’re invaluable for safeguarding your valuables, from classic cars to ATVs, RVs, tractors, tools, equipment and more.

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Project Planning: 3 Roles That Will Finish Your Job On Time

Who doesn’t love a good surprise? A surprise birthday party, surprise tickets to a game, you name it. But do you want to know a surprise that nobody wants? Finding out that there has been an accident on their job site–because that means more time and more money. 

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Post Frame Storm Damage Repairs: 7 Tips You Need to Know

Disaster strikes your building and you don't know where to turn....unfortunately, that is something that we have to worry about with living in the midwest. The weather is unpredictable. Turn of events are unpredictable. And, if you don't get your building repaired correctly...the longevity of your building can be unpredictable. We've put together a list of 7 tips to help you find the right builder to repair your post frame building.

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Operating Costs: What Do I Need to Know for My Commercial Project?

In our previous blog about adding value to your building project, we covered the proper ways to manage your project and why starting the planning process early is key to a successful project. Tips #6 and #7 cover operating costs and selecting the right construction professionals.

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How to Add Value to Your Commercial Building Project

In our previous blog about making sure your site is right, we touched on making sure the land is right for your building and proper drainage. Tip #4 and #5 cover project management and planning ahead.

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Make Sure Your Commercial Building Site is Right

In our previous blog about adding value to your commercial post frame building, we touched on building location and determining financing. Tip #3 is to make sure the land is right for your building.

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2 Tips to Get Your Pole Barn Project Started

Starting a new project, process, or innovation is an important step for any business owner. FBi works together with our customers to help them define and refine what their needs for a new building will be. Asking the right questions from the start helps proficiently advance the process.

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What is Site Preparation? 7 Tips to Get You Started.

Do you have a good understanding of what goes into site prep? Or do you think it’s a tedious and somewhat difficult process? Maybe for you it comes natural and you’d rather tackle preparing your site instead of choosing pole barn colors. Don’t get me wrong, at times it can seem overwhelming. If we lived in a perfect world, everything would go smoothly and we wouldn’t have to worry about any obstacles to tackle. But (I know...I always ruin it with a but), there is a decent amount of coordination that goes into site preparation. For those of us that are not overly organized, it’s not exactly an exciting part of the construction process. Needless to say, this won’t make site prep go away and as the old saying goes, “the show must go on.” 

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How to Avoid Condensation in Your Post Frame Building

Did you know that condensation control starts with site preparation? Who would have thought, right? But how do you manage it? Removal of all sod, humus, and organic matter pre-construction eliminates the risk of that natural material decomposing later, causing the flooring to settle and crack. Coarse stone is layered over a crowned base to prevent any capillary action from occurring. Fill material can often be problematic itself. Wet fill material can hold up to 15 pounds of water/cubic.

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Understand Permitting for Pole Barn Construction

If you close your eyes (but not right now cause you should keep reading) and think about obtaining permits or dealing with zoning issues what words come to mind? Perhaps confusing, complicated, or frustrating? Well here’s some good news–it doesn’t have to be.

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Project Planning Saves You Money, Time and Stress

Building a new building can be complicated – but not if you start at literally the ground up. A successful project starts with the ideal site selection and then preparing the site to maximize its usefulness and save money in the process. Keep in mind that good, early decisions make for the best long-term building. Plus, it’s also critical from the start to carefully consider functions: the purpose of the building – office, equipment shed or barn.

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Post Frame Prices: Determining the Cost of Your Building

There are multiple aspects that go into determining the cost of your pole barn or post frame building. Your builder will quote you on a building shell, but what about the other costs? Here’s a list of common items that you’ll want to remember. Getting quotes on each of these items early will help you eliminate surprise costs over the course of your project.

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5 Keys to Managing Condensation in Your Post Frame Building

“It’s the little things” – it’s a phrase we hear so often to express how little things build up over time to make a difference. Sometimes it’s a positive difference as in a kindness, or someone looking out for another. But it can be said about troublesome issues that accumulate over time.

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Wood Frame Pole Barns vs Steel Frame Buildings

What advantages does a pole barn have over a steel frame building? In a previous blog post we mentioned how a metal building can have either a wood frame or a steel frame. Which is better? The answer to that question depends on your priorities.

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Recommended Interior Liner Systems for Your Post Frame Building

The Energy Advantage Package is our recommended high performance interior liner system. With the Energy Advantage, your building becomes more attractive, energy efficient and useful. The high-tensile steel liner (or plywood, OSB, drywall or any combination) covers all interior framing, improving appearance and reducing maintenance.

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How are Post Frame Buildings Energy-Efficient?

When you hear the terms “pole barn or post frame building,” what image comes to mind?  Do you picture a durable farm shop for the hardworking farmer and his/her equipment? Do you picture a large showroom exhibiting the newest sports car or heavy-duty truck? Do you picture a spacious hobby shop for the classic car collector and his/her collection? Do you picture a horse barn equipped with an indoor riding arena for the equine enthusiast? All of the above? The design flexibility of post frame construction is mind-boggling. It’s the very reason why you’re interested in building a pole barn.

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Did You Know Bane-Welker Equipment is a Post Frame Building?

  For Phil Bane, CEO of Bane-Welker Equipment, the look and design of his commercial post frame buildings is key. He wants space that is welcoming to his customers and is something the community can be proud of. These buildings help represent 50 years of legacy started by Phil's father in 1967. While the design and quality of these buildings is superb (according to Phil), the values shared by FBi Buildings and Bane-Welker Equipment are extremely important; family, community, trust, and integrity are just a few. 

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Did You Know the Watseka Ford Dealership is a Post Frame Building?

Elevate your business with a commercial, post frame building When people think of a pole barn or post frame building, they often picture a farm shop or cold storage building for agriculture. What many people don't know is that post frame construction gives you flexibility in design and is a great option for commercial buildings, including automotive dealerships.

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Is it Time to Replace the Sliding Doors on Your Pole Barn?

Are your sliding doors getting harder to open? Are they starting to deflect or warp due to extreme weather? Is there too much friction causing the door to drag? If you answered yes to any of these questions, there are several things you might want to consider before investing in new doors.

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More Than Just Pole Barns: We Build Legacies

Your farm is more than fields of corn and beans, it's the family's heritage and future. Hear Dick Clark from Remington, Indiana, share the legacy of his farm and the shared values between his family business and the FBi Buildings family. 

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Pole Barn Columns: Laminated Posts vs Perma-Columns

As you enjoy your Sunday drive through the countryside, you can’t help but notice the diverse lineup of pole barns. 

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Establishing Finish Floor Elevation for Your Post Frame Building

At the beginning of the year, you and your significant other decided to build a new pole barn. Ever since your family expanded, the kids have claimed the house garage. You’re tired of navigating the maze of bicycles, coupe cars, strollers, wagons, and other miscellaneous toys. Who knew kids could collect so much stuff? We feel your pain. Storage is a necessity. That’s why we wholeheartedly support your decision to build a tool shed.

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Condensation Management in a Post Frame Building

Water condenses when warm, moisture-laden air contacts a cooler surface, such as the underside of your roof steel. Because lower-temperature air cannot hold as much moisture as warmer air, the excess humidity turns into water droplets. Then….drip, drip, drip! But if you reduce the humidity inside, you dramatically reduce condensation.

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How to Determine Estimated Pole Barn Project Costs

To arrive at a realistic estimate of what your pole barn building project is going to cost, you need to get a grasp of the major project component costs. What do we mean by that? You know...site costs, design, construction, etc. All of these are a factor when it comes to overall building price. 

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Design the Perfect Farm Shop Plan: 3 Tips to Get Started.

As we know by now, there are many things to take into consideration during the planning stage of your new post frame building project. Actually, this statement is true for any big event, vacation, or large purchase that you might make during your lifetime.  Let’s stop and think about this for a moment… Let’s say you want to plan your next family vacation. Your wife wants to go somewhere warm and tropical and relax on the beach (or maybe this is a dream of your husband or significant other). You, on the other hand, prefer to do something adventurous and in the mountains. After all, that’s the whole purpose of a vacation, right? How do you even make a decision?

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What is Diaphragm Design? Why is it Important?

Each component of a building system is important, no matter if you decide to build a wood structure, steel structure, or a pole building. Have you ever stopped to think about the construction method being used and what all of those details will require? Is that something that even matters to you? Will you be looking over those details before you choose a builder?

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Perma-Columns: The Permanent Concrete Column System

Building columns, also known as posts or even poles, are one of the most important elements in post frame construction because they are the final point of transfer for most building stresses to the foundation.  The posts can either be buried to the ground or anchored to an above ground concrete foundation. Depending on who you choose as your post frame builder will depend on how your columns are installed. Each post frame builder will more than likely have two column options to choose from,  a standard column or an upgraded column.

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6 Common Questions About Pole Barn Insurance

Being located in the Midwest, we all know that Mother Nature’s behavior is very unpredictable. Widespread storms can pop up at anytime, wreaking havoc on your post frame building. This is a risk for anyone that builds a pole building. In a perfect world, your brand new farm shop or mini-warehouse building will last you for decades and still be in tip-top condition that it was once it was constructed.  But what happens when a storm rolls through? What if your pole barn experiences wind damage? What if your building get hits with hail damage?

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Popular Color Combinations for Post Frame Buildings

Our “palette” of attractive colors presents more “curb appeal” than ever before. And our exclusive Gloss Retention Warranty assures that your FBi building will still look like new well into the future

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Pole Barn Screws vs Nails: Which is More Superior?

There are plenty of ways to put up your post frame building, but how do we know it's built to last? Because much of the post frame building strength comes from the diaphragm of steel on the sides and roof, the more secure the steel is affixed to the wood framing, the stronger the building. But do we know the difference between screws vs nails?

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Heating & Cooling Options for Your Post Frame Building

Heating and cooling are the largest energy drains in post frame buildings with climate-controlled spaces. If you plan to cool and/or heat all or even a part of your building, you will want to make educated decisions about purchases and installations.

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4 Types of Pole Barn Headers: Which One is Right for You?

After months (or years) of mulling around the idea, you’ve decided to take the next step in building a pole barn. Now that you have some money set aside, it’s time to start designing your post frame building.

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CCA Lumber vs ACQ Treated Wood: Are they Equal?

As of January 2004 there was a change in the chemical preservatives used for pressure treated lumber available for residential use in the United States. Up until that time, almost all pressure treated Southern pine lumber was preserved with Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA), which contains arsenic, a known carcinogen.

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The Three Phases of a Pole Barn Quote: What to Expect

You've made it. You’re finally ready to start calling pole barn builders for quotes. Before you move forward any further in your planning, you want to know a ball-park range cost of the building you have in mind. Are you already beyond your budget or do you have room to expand on what you know you want?

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4 Leasing Options to Consider for Your Farm Building

Farming for a living is anything but easy. It requires hard work, sacrifice, blood, sweat, tears, and dirt...lots of it. At the same time, it’s a beautiful and rewarding lifestyle. 

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How to Create the Perfect Farm Shop: 6 Tips to Get Started

For many, figuring out how to finish the interior of your farm shop is often harder than deciding on what to do with the exterior. For some, picking out colors and building details - like wainscot, cupolas, and choosing sliding doors or overhead doors - is easier than trying to decide how you want your shop set up.  If I had to guess, your wife (or husband) has a lot of opinions on how they want the exterior to look. I can’t say that I blame them. The shop is more than likely going to sit next to your house, so it only makes sense that they want everything to match. Trust me, I would be the same way.  But when it comes to creating the perfect interior, that’s all on you. You’re going to be the one working in the shop night and day. Your farmhands are going to be helping you get the equipment ready. This is going to be your livelihood.

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Post Frame Building Trends: The Three R's of Renovation

Renovations were on farmers’ minds at the Farm Progress Show and there were a lot of questions about what could and should be done to improve existing buildings. Most of these fell into one of three buckets: roofing, re-finishing interiors, and replacing doors. 

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Post Frame Building Trends: Protecting Columns From Rot

Rot is a fungus that flourishes with moisture, oxygen and darkness. Most of the microbial action takes place within 6” of the surface, and when it does, it can damage your building’s structural integrity—and your savings.

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Post Frame Building Trends: Farm Progress Show Q&A

 Visitors to our building had a lot of questions about FBi Buildings. Here are our answers.

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Do You Need a Pole Barn Addition?

“We added a connection because we were short on storage space. We decided on a connection because we wanted more space in the same building. Adding on to the end made most sense because that’s where we had the additional land.”

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Building a Pole Barn? 3 Tips You Need to Know

If you are like most of the people we talk to, you don’t mind paying a little more if you can see value in what you’re getting for your dollar. Be sure you know what you’re getting because there is a big difference in components.

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The 2015 Farm Progress Show closed yesterday. And what a show it was.

  The largest trade show in the United States and the “Super Bowl of AG,”  this year’s event set all new records for number of exhibitors and attendees. More importantly, it gave farmers from across the country and throughout the world the opportunity to see the latest innovations in agriculture.

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Post Frame Building Trends: Interior Liner Options

At the Farm Progress Show, we wanted you to see the thought and detail that goes into one of our buildings. How did we do that? We exposed walls, featured various insulation and liner options, and highlighted numerous details.

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Post Frame Building Trends: Adding On To Your Existing Building

At the Farm Progress Show, we answered a lot of questions about modifying an existing building, including lean-tos and porches. In our experience, an addition can be a great option, but it’s not always a simple one. We strongly recommend engaging a building engineer or designer first.

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Building a Crew: Tips to Finding Good Help

FBi Buildings is a company with a strong foundation: a legacy of principled leadership, breakthroughs in innovation and decades of nimble growth and adaptation. However, as deep as our history is, we are not confined by the past.

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Overhead Doors vs Pole Barn Sliding Doors: What's Best For You?

Once you’ve chosen the building site, it’s time to focus on the building floor plan. Considering your door type, size and placement first will greatly affect how well your building works for you. For some, it can be a tough decision to choose from overhead doors or sliding doors. But, it doesn't need to be. It all depends on what works best for YOU.

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Post Frame Building Trends: Welcome to Your Post Frame Home

Every year at the Farm Progress Show, we hear a fair number of questions about post-frame structures as residences. Here are some key points about this type of building, and how we can work with you to find the right solution for your needs.

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Will a Pole Barn Increase My Property Value?

It’s safe to say that man caves and she-sheds are in style...unless you’ve been living under a rock. Television networks, specifically HGTV and FYI, are premiering series following the rise of this trend. Insurance companies are poking fun at the movement. Poor Cheryl!

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3 Tips to Help Prevent Pole Barn Rust

As you pull into the driveway, you can’t help but marvel at your 66' x 120' x 16' farm shop. The overhead and sliding doors make it a breeze to move agricultural equipment in and out. The heated workshop is convenient when servicing your machinery during the slow winter months. Over the years, you’ve worked hard for your pole barn. As a farmer, it takes sacrifice, blood, sweat, and tears. In return, your post frame building has worked hard for you. Unfortunately, it’s starting to show its age with a little rust on the steel siding. It's probably the last thing you want to deal with, but if you don't take care of it now, it will continue to worsen.

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What To Do After Your Building is Damaged by a Storm

 There are some things that are just out of our control. Storms and weather are one of those things that, as much as we would like to, we can’t control. “It rains on the just and the unjust alike” as the old adage goes. When storms roll through and cause catastrophic damage, insurance companies call it “an act of God” - something that’s natural and completely out of our control.

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What Makes a Quality Post Frame Builder?

“You get what you pay for.” Have you ever heard that phrase uttered without feeling like you’re being punished? The implication is that quality will cost you an arm and a leg. Some quotes for your next building are coming in high, and others low. Does the same rule apply? Do higher price points automatically mean a better product?

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What Does Your Barn Have to Say About that Snow Storm?

Mother Nature is unpredictable, to say the least. No matter how prepared you may be, no matter how many i’s you’ve dotted or t’s you’ve crossed, a weather event could take you by surprise.

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3 Steps To Getting Your Post Frame Home Off The Ground

 

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Why is Steel Strength Important for Your Pole Barn?

In post-frame construction, the most common exterior sheathing is pre-painted, corrugated steel panels. These panels help form the walls and roof of the typical post frame building and ultimately make up a large portion of the exterior.  Customers also have the option to include an interior steel liner package that can be installed on either the walls or ceiling of your pole barn. This is easily the most popular finishing option that our customers choose. The steel liner package helps enhance the appearance of your building, giving the interior a more finished look.

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Strong Winds and Your Pole Barn: 6 Factors to Consider

We all know the impact strong winds can have on a barn; sometimes it’s minimal, sometimes it’s disastrous. In our experience, the big difference is design and engineering that takes into account all the factors that influence wind load, such as:

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How to Prepare Your Pole Barn for Concrete

How thick should I pour my floor? Do I need reinforcing? Which type of reinforcement is best? How much load can I put on it? Will my fork truck crack it? Do I really need joints in my floor? Should I install a polyethylene vapor barrier or vapor retarder underneath the whole slab? And how much do all these things matter?

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Pole Barn Screws vs Nails: Which is Best?

There are plenty of ways to construct post frame buildings, and each one of our competitors has their own preferred method. Right or wrong, we can’t argue with their construction process, but we can provide the facts about the structural integrity of a pole building.  Before you drop thousands of dollars on a new farm building, mini-warehouse, or even garage, don’t you want to know how long your building is going to last? You assume your new building will last you a lifetime, but what if you are incorrect?  What if the next generation taking over your farm or business runs into problems caused by poor construction? Would you want them to have to worry about solving those issues? We didn’t think so.

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Our Top 5 Riding Arenas in 2019: More Than A Horse Barn

Do you raise horses for pleasure or are they part of your business? No matter what category you fall under, all post frame builders understand the many requirements of building a safe, efficient, and attractive equine facility. It’s without question that your primary goal in building a horse barn is to arrive at a facility that provides an optimal balance between your priorities and your horses' needs. When you’re ready to start planning your equine facility it’s important to think about all of your current and/or potential uses. 

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Managing Condensation in Your Post Frame Building

Condensation is a naturally occurring phenomenon and is fairly common in the post frame industry. Condensation occurs when warm, moisture-laden air comes in contact with a cooler surface, such as the underside of your roof steel; similar to the way a cold can of soda sweats in the summer.

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Post Frame Building Trends: Warm, Cool & Efficient

Every year during the Farm Progress Show we have a lot of visitors who come to the FBi Building and share their concerns about crop prices, yields and tighter budgets. So it just makes sense that they also have a lot of questions about heating, cooling, insulation and energy efficiency. 

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How Tall Can My Pole Barn Be?

As farms grow bigger, so does agricultural equipment and the need for larger, taller farm buildings. No wonder we receive lots of questions about building size during the Farm Progress Show.

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Building a Post Frame Home: 3 Surprises You Should Know

Recently, you and your significant other have discussed building a new home. You both agreed that your current space just isn’t cutting it anymore. You’re running out of space...and patience.   You’ve been dreaming of the perfect home for years now. You already have an ideal location in mind. Most importantly, you and your significant other agreed that this home will have everything you need and more. No cutting corners this time! Designing your own home is an exciting but stressful process. There are so many options!

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3 Tips to Getting Your Post Frame Home Off the Ground

 Ken Culbreth, Director of Project Management at FBi Buildings, gives you some insight into three challenges you might face before starting your post frame building project. 

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