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Can You Use Steel Trusses for a Pole Barn?

Over the years, the span size of trusses has evolved. In the 1980s, post frame builders commonly used 60’ (one-ply) trusses, and larger trusses (72’ and 80’) were made of two-ply lumber. The more ply (or layered material), the stronger the truss. At the time, post frame builders were unable to hang or lift trusses without any bending or bowing. The higher up in the air, the more stress placed on the lumber. Consequently, it was easier to produce and swing one-ply trusses.

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Can I Build a Pole Barn with a Second Floor?

Post-frame construction is touted for its durability, sustainability, and cost-savings.  Perhaps, the building system’s most significant advantage is its design flexibility. It’s the very reason why architects, designers, and engineers favor this construction method over others.

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Horse Barns  |  Posts

What Are the Advantages of Building a Post Frame Horse Barn?

Horse barns have come a long way over the last few decades. At one point, horse barns were a simple wooden structure where the horses were kept safe at night. Nowadays, horse barns are unique stick-built or post frame structures that have a little bit of everything no matter what kind of rider you are.

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Energy Efficiency  |  Repairs & Renovations

Can You Spray Foam an Existing Pole Barn?

Do you have an existing post frame building that you're looking to upgrade? Perhaps you're tired of a cold and drafty work environment, and you're looking to add insulation for added comfort and energy savings.  Whatever situation you find yourself in, we want to make sure that you understand the importance of energy efficiency for your pole barn. Sure, there are several ways to defend your pole building from heat loss, but our customers have highly asked about spray foam insulation.

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Farm Buildings  |  News  |  Post Video  |  Posts

3 Reasons Why You Should Attend the 2021 Farm Progress Show

In-person trade shows are back, and we’re looking forward to attending the nation’s largest outdoor event – the Farm Progress Show.

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Who Builds Pole Barn Homes in Ohio?

Ohio has a lot to offer for those who choose to move there and plant some roots.

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4 Step Transition From Shingles to a Metal Roof

One thing for certain in life is that trends are ever-changing. Just when something becomes popular and everyone has to have it, a new trend comes along leaving the old one in the dust. The good news is that if you wait long enough, everything eventually comes back in style.

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Who Builds Pole Barn Homes in Wisconsin?

If you’ve been thinking about building a pole barn home for quite a while, the sooner you can get those floor plans finalized the quicker your dream can come to life. Post frame housing is extremely popular right now and continues to grow tremendously. It’s a trend that, unlike the styles in the ’80s, is here to stay.

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Building Design  |  Building Tips  |  Energy Efficiency

7 Types of Lighting to Put Inside Your Pole Barn

It’s no surprise that there are abundant uses for post frame construction. Every person uses their pole barn differently. Some pole barns are mainly used as cold storage, especially for agricultural purposes. Typically, these are only utilized during the day – making the use of a lighting plan unnecessary or straightforward.  However, if you plan on using your pole barn after dark, you’ll want to consider adding some pole barn lighting to the interior (or exterior) to keep it functional when the sun has gone down. Some of us enjoy tinkering with our hobby toys late at night, or maybe your job requires you to work long hours.

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7 Residential Metal Roofing Myths Debunked

Your house needs a new roof, and like other building materials, the options are abundant. Asphalt shingles. Clay. Concrete. Metal. Slate. Wood Shakes. After a bit of research, you’ve narrowed it down to asphalt shingles and metal panels. You’re leaning towards the latter, but you have some reservations thanks to the World Wide Web.

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Who Are The Top Pole Barn Builders in Ohio?

One of the hardest parts of building a pole barn is perfecting the building design. You want to ensure your post frame building has everything you’re needing, but you also want to ensure you won’t go too far over budget.

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Cost  |  Post Frame Homes  |  Residential Buildings

How Much Does a Pole Barn House Cost in 2021?

Have you been thinking about building a pole barn home, but the increase in material costs has you wary of pulling the trigger? Maybe you have already spent countless hours reading design magazines, scouring Pinterest for the latest trends, and viewing online galleries of finished building projects - you know what you want your home to look like, and you’re ready to do it now.  Surprisingly enough, building a pole barn with living quarters isn’t a new concept. However, it’s steadily gaining popularity in the housing market.

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How Does the QLYFT Building System Improve Construction Crew Safety?

In the fall of 2020, FBi Buildings introduced the QLYFT building system, an unprecedented way of erecting post-frame structures on the ground. Yes, you read that right. We’re building pole barns on the ground and raising them to the desired height. We created this construction method to improve crew safety while taking product quality to the next level.

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Who Are the Top Pole Barn Builders in Wisconsin?

You’ve been dreaming of building a pole barn for quite some time, and now you’re ready to finalize the building design and begin all necessary site preparations.

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Can You Still Build a Pole Barn in 2021?

“Do you have room in your construction schedule to build my pole barn?” This question is frequently asked by customers who want to put up a post-frame building by the end of the year.

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The Pros & Cons of Repairing/Renovating a Pole Barn in 2021

Now that springtime is here, homeowners are getting started on their outdoor projects. The weather is now finally nice enough to spend time outdoors and truly focus on your plans for your home and your yard.

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How Much Does a 40 x 60 Pole Barn Cost in 2021?

I’m sure you’ve noticed that high-quality lumber prices are on the rise. The high prices have been a ripple effect throughout the post frame industry, and we want to make sure you’re aware of the reality of the situation. If you’ve heard that there has been a price increase on buildings, it’s not a lie.  Do you find yourself wondering if you should wait until prices go down or take the chance and invest in a pole barn this year? If you decide to stay, there is a risk that prices will continue to go up.

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What Ceiling Materials Can I Use For My Pole Barn?

Designing your pole barn is the most enjoyable part of the post frame construction process. You have numerous ideas floating around in your head of what you want your pole barn to look like, and putting it down on paper or designing your pole barn online helps to see your plan come to fruition.

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How Much Does it Cost to Reskin a 30 x 40 Pole Barn?

Is your post frame building showing signs of old age? Are the original color choices starting to become more of an eyesore to your newly renovated home?  Because your post frame structure is exposed to the elements every day, building wear and tear is inevitable. Some weathering is minor and won’t impact your pole barn's structural integrity. Meanwhile, some aging can become worse over time if not taken care of immediately.

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5 Pole Barn Exterior Options: Which One Will You Choose?

Modern post frame construction is touted for its design flexibility. This building method offers a wide selection of exterior and interior finishes, roofing materials, and architectural details.  You can achieve virtually any aesthetic your heart desires – steel, vinyl, and wood siding with a brick or stone façade. Any roof pitch can be utilized and covered with asphalt shingles or metal panels.

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Who Builds Pole Barn Homes in Iowa?

Iowa might be most known as the Corn Belt, a title rightfully earned as the leading producer of corn in America, but the Hawkeye State has more to offer than just that. For starters, Iowa is the birthplace of sliced bread, which means they are the coolest thing since sliced bread.

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5 Common Spring Pole Barn Repairs

At last, the long-anticipated moment we have all been waiting for has arrived: Spring. After endless amounts of snow and cold weather, the last traces of winter have thawed and the first signs of spring have arrived.

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3 Crucial Factors Affecting Your Pole Barn in 2021

It’s been a little over one year since COVID-19 shook our nation. It has been a challenging time for all of us. For some, most days were probably just a blur, and we did what we could just to get through the day.  Even though people could continue to work during the pandemic, the reduced labor force is being felt into 2021. If building a pole barn is part of your plans for this year, now is the time to get that project rolling.

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5 Steps to Building a Pole Barn Home in 2021

Shome. Barndominium. Post frame home. Whichever term you use, it’s safe to say that pole barns with living quarters are in style.

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Who Builds Pole Barn Homes in Illinois?

You’ve been dreaming up plans for your post frame home for quite some time, and you’re ready to make that dream a reality.

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How Much Does It Cost to Repair Rotted Pole Barn Columns?

Rot. It’s bound to happen sooner or later, especially if you have an existing post frame building built in the late 70s or early 80s. Not to be confused with improper upkeep to your pole building, rot is a fungus that flourishes with moisture, oxygen, and darkness. For example, do you or someone you know have an existing farm building that is simply used for cold storage? Perhaps your parents have a hobby barn that they use just to store fun, off-road vehicles.

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Can You Build a Pole Barn on Existing Concrete?

“Can I build a new pole barn on existing concrete?” This question is frequently asked by customers who have property with a sizeable concrete slab, whether it be: An outdoor basketball court that is no longer used An older building (e.g., corn crib) was torn down Or the original structure was a total loss in a fire To answer the question at hand, yes, you can build a new pole barn on existing concrete. However, just because it can be done doesn’t mean it’s the best option for you.

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Who Builds Pole Barn Homes in Michigan?

The state of Michigan has a lot to offer to those who live there and those who come to visit.

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3 Factors that Determine the Cost of an Open-Sided Building

Are you a hardworking farmer interested in extra storage space for large implements? Are you a commercial business owner looking to protect your products or services from the elements? Maybe you’re tired of leaving your equipment outdoors and would like to keep them protected under roof but easy enough to be still accessible when needed.

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Kynar 500® vs SMPs: Which Paint System Should You Choose?

When selecting a post frame builder, consumers are first concerned with service area and cost.  We hear it all the time from our customers via email, phone, and social media. “Do you build in this county and state?” or “How much does a __’ x __’ pole barn cost?”

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Who Builds Pole Barn Homes in Indiana?

You’ve been talking about building your forever pole barn home for quite some time, and now is the moment to make that dream become a reality.

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How Much Does an Insulated Pole Barn Cost?

As Midwesterners, we know firsthand that Mother Nature can be unpredictable. We should be used to it by now because we never know what type of winter she’ll bless us with until it’s here.  I’m sure that you know people who dread the long winter months. Some of your friends and family might even find peace when it snows.

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The Best of 2020: A Year in Review

2020 was a big year for all of us. Due to your support over the last year, FBi was able to: Survive COVID-19 Break into new sales territory by expanding into Michigan and Wisconsin Launch the QLYFT building system None of this could have been possible without the dedication of our hard-working team and our loyal customers.  Here's a look back at our top blogs, videos, resources, and post frame projects of 2020.

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FBi Buildings vs Eastern Iowa Building: Who’s Best for Your Project?

Our next post frame builder comparison features Eastern Iowa Building (EIB). They construct agricultural, commercial, residential, and equestrian buildings with a commitment to exceeding customers’ expectations before, during, and after the sale.

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What Foundation is Best for a Pole Barn?

When it comes to building a pole barn, there is no one-size-fits-all option to choose from. Post frame buildings are custom built to appease every customer’s wants or needs, so no two pole barns will ever be alike.

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What Are the 5 Key Benefits of a Post Frame Building?

When people think of a post frame building or pole barn, they might envision farm shops, machine sheds, or even horse barns. The common misconception about post frame construction is that it’s primarily used for agricultural buildings because farmers need the wide, open space to store their equipment.

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5 Pole Barn Roof Styles: Which One Will You Choose?

A new year brings new projects to improve your property, and building a pole barn is at the top of that to-do list. As you design your post frame building, you’ll have the option to customize the roofing material, color combination, roof style, and pitch. Some choices are easy to make; meanwhile, others require a more in-depth thought process.

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Why Are Pole Barn Snow Guards Important?

Winter weather is officially here! You know what that means...it’s time to put the snow shovels and ice scrapers to work.

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6 Ways to Build a Pole Barn on a Budget

You work hard for your money, so you want to ensure those dollars are properly spent. If there is a way to cut costs and get the post frame building you’ve always wanted, who wouldn’t want to take advantage of that? One of the many benefits of building a pole barn is the flexibility for every budget and every need.

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Metal Roofing vs Shingles: Which One is Right for You?

Your house needs a new roof, and like other building materials, the options can be abundant. Asphalt shingles. Clay. Concrete. Metal. Slate. Wood Shakes.  While it’s nice to know that there are multiple roofing materials available, it can be overwhelming (and time-consuming) to research the pros and cons of each one.

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What are the Most Popular Pole Barn Basketball Court Sizes?

Midwestern winters can be tricky, to say the least.  Some states, Michigan and Wisconsin, see ample amounts of snowfall each year. Their residents can build snowmen or go sledding, skiing, or snowboarding.  Meanwhile, other states have milder temperatures, and winter outdoor activities aren’t enjoyed to the fullest. Or worse, it’s too cold to be outside (e.g., Polar Vortex).

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Cost  |  Pole Barn Kit  |  Residential Buildings

How Much Does a 36' x 56' Pole Barn Kit Cost?

Over the last couple of months, we’ve been going into detail with our pole barn kits’ price and building features. We’ve discussed pricing options for a 24’ x 24’ x 10’, 24’ x 32’ x 10’, and even a 30’ x 48’ x 12’ (just to name a few).  This week we will be looking at cost and building materials for a 36’ x 56’ x 12’ pole barn kit. This will also be our last pole barn kit break down (unless we decide to add more to our material package options).

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5 Easy Ways to Winterize Your Pole Barn

It’s official! Colder temperatures are among us, and long gone are the days of warmth and light. Winter is right around the corner...no matter how hard we try to ignore it.  Here in the Midwest, we’re no stranger to ample amounts of snowfall, ice accumulation, and blustery winds. When the chill makes its appearance, we take several precautions to prepare for its brutal arrival.

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QLYFT Building System: Transforming Post Frame Construction

“There’s a better way to do it – find it.” This fundamental truth has been one of FBi Buildings’ guiding principles since our founding in 1958. During our 60+ years of business, we’ve consistently pushed the boundaries to find and use high-quality building materials so your pole barn can withstand the test of time. 

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How Much Does a 30' x 48' Pole Barn Kit Cost?

It’s no surprise that pole barn kits are becoming more popular. They’re an easy option to choose for someone who is interested in building a pole barn but doesn’t want to spend a lot of money, or even for those who enjoy tackling DIY projects on their own time.  Not only that, they’re almost readily available at your larger home improvement stores (think Menards, Lowes, etc.) or through your local post frame builder. However, the main difference will be the quality of materials that make up your material package.

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The Pros & Cons of Building a Pole Barn Home

You’ve been talking about building a pole barn home for quite some time, and you’re ready to pull the trigger. You’ve spent countless hours reading design magazines, scouring Pinterest for the latest trends, and viewing online galleries of finished building projects. With so many options readily available, how can you possibly narrow them down to fit your style?

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How Much Does a 30' x 40' Pole Barn Kit Cost?

If you’re an avid reader of the FBi blog, you probably have noticed that we’ve been going into detail with our pole barn kits’ price and building features. We’ve discussed pricing options for a 24’ x 24’ x 10’ pole barn kit, as well as a 24’ x 32’ x 10’ pole barn kit.  This week we will be looking at cost and building materials for a 30’ x 40’ pole barn kit.

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What Are Our Top Commercial Pole Barn Sizes?

When you hear the term “pole barn,” chances are that you envision a farm shop or cold storage building.  However, the typical post frame building isn’t so typical in today’s day and age. In fact, some of the more popular styles include pole barn homes, hobby shops, and storage sheds.

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How Much Does a 24' x 32' Pole Barn Kit Cost?

If you’re interested in building a pole barn kit (also known as a material package), 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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5 Pole Barn Design Regrets to Avoid

Buyer’s remorse – we’ve all been there. We bought something we didn’t need (e.g., a motorcycle that collects dust in the garage). And, we didn’t buy something we should’ve (e.g., a house with plenty of storage room). In the moment of our buying or non-buying decision-making process, it’s hard to predict how our choices will impact our future. We don’t want to purchase something that won’t serve its purpose, but we don’t want to miss out on something useful.

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3 Tips to Meet Your Pole Barn Schedule in 2021

It’s hard to believe that 2021 is already here, and if I had to guess many of us are very glad to see 2020 behind us. To say that 2020 has been an interesting year would be an understatement. COVID-19 has left several ripples throughout the country, which has caused a “new normal” for businesses, schools, churches, restaurants, etc.

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How Much Does a 24' x 24' Pole Barn Kit Cost?

If you find yourself reading this blog, there’s a good probability that you like to tackle DIY projects head-on. Perhaps you’re a go-getter who’s never had a job you couldn’t handle. Or maybe you’re not one to turn down a challenge.  If the DIY Network or YouTube can show you how to do it, then you will do it. Whether it comes to creating, repairing, or building, you’re confident you can tackle it yourself instead of hiring someone else to do the job.

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FBi Buildings vs Arnold Lumber Pole Barn Kits: Who’s Best for Your Project?

Our next builder comparison features Arnold Lumber. This construction center sells agricultural and residential building kits in the Midwest. They’re not to be confused with a Rhode Island LBM dealer of the same name. In this blog, we present the facts and strengths of each pole barn builder. Our goal is to provide you with a better understanding of how FBi Buildings compares to Arnold Lumber before making a buying decision.

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What Are The Most Popular Horse Barn Sizes?

It can be challenging to envision a pole barn in your head and know what building size you need.  Sure, it'd be helpful if our minds could calculate the specifications, but that’s one superpower we, unfortunately, weren’t given.

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

Our next builder comparison features Borkholder Buildings. This post frame company constructs agricultural, commercial, residential, and equine facilities. Their main purpose is “to provide people and businesses with green, attractive, and affordable building solutions through innovative engineering and applying quality components.” In this blog, we present the facts and strengths of each pole barn builder. Our goal is to provide you with a better understanding of how FBi compares to Borkholder before making a buying decision.

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What is Pole Barn Shear Load & Why is it Important?

When you imagine a pole barn, you probably picture a horse barn with a riding arena, or a commercial building used for retail purposes. Most likely, you don’t think of the engineering components that make your post frame building structurally-sound.

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FBi vs Graber Buildings, Inc.: Who’s Best for Your Project?

Our next builder comparison features Graber Buildings, Inc. This fast-growing post frame company constructs farm, commercial, residential, and equine buildings in East Central Illinois. They’re not to be confused with Graber Post Buildings in Southwest Indiana.

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Pole Barn Renovation vs New Construction: Which One is Right for You?

Is your post frame building showing signs of age? Are prior repairs not holding up like they once did? While we wish pole barns were invincible, that’s just not how things work.

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

Our next builder comparison features Greiner Buildings.  They construct agricultural, commercial, and residential buildings with a commitment to “raising the standard” through superior materials and service. In this blog, we present the facts and strengths of each post frame builder. Our goal is to provide you with a better understanding of how FBi compares to Greiner before making a buying decision.

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Ag Features: Top Components for Your Farm Building

When you’re considering a new post frame building, the excitement sets in, and you can’t stop anticipating the end result. Maybe you’re visualizing working on projects in your new farm shop, or maybe you’re imagining how a combine will look in your new cold storage building.

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Pole Barn Interior: Can You Install Drywall?

There’s a vast array of options when it comes to finishing your post frame building, both inside and out. Deciding on the finishing touches is always the most fun, but finalizing these selections can seem far-fetched.

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Top Pole Barn Fan Companies: 4 Installation Advantages

Summer is right around the corner in the Midwest, and it’s about to get hot and humid. After a long winter of minimal sun and bitter cold, we feel it’s time for the sunshine and the heat to make its appearance. Until we complain that it’s too hot and we’re ready for winter again.

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

Our builder comparison for this week features Blunier Builders. They construct agricultural, commercial, and suburban buildings with a focus on using high-quality materials and craftsmanship. In this blog, we’ll present the facts and strengths of each post frame builder. Our goal is to provide you with a better understanding of how FBi compares to Blunier before making a final decision.

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Who Are the Top Pole Barn Builders in Iowa?

Taking on the task of hiring someone to build your dream pole barn can seem a bit daunting. With so many post frame builders in the post frame industry, how do you know who is the best at what they do? How do you know they can see your vision as you do and bring that vision to life?

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Rising Pole Barn Commodity Prices

Over the last few months, we have seen quite a few changes that have arisen amid the effects of COVID-19. We see these changes happening in our daily routines, business operations, and the economy. Here at FBi Buildings, we have seen some changes in the post frame industry as well.

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Pole Barn Roof Purlin Connection: Screws vs. Nails

You’ve been saving for your dream pole barn for a while now, and you’re officially ready to start the building process. Maybe you had to work a few extra hours a week or had to cut down on going out to eat, but you reached your budget goal, and you’re excited to get the ball rolling.

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Can I Still Obtain My Pole Barn Permit During COVID-19?

States are slowly beginning to open back up, allowing for businesses to operate at half and/or full capacity in phases. The uncertainty of not knowing what is open and what is closed can be a bit frustrating. Thankfully we have the resources readily available to get some insight on where everyone stands.

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Can I Design My Own Pole Barn Floor Plan?

You’ve spent countless hours researching, reading, and scouring Pinterest for all of the inspiration, and you now feel confident in how you want your pole barn to look. Maybe you created a Pinterest board solely for your new pole barn, or maybe you’ve compiled a stack of photos you’ve torn out from magazines for ideas. No matter how you decided to find your inspiration, you’re ready to take the next step. Designing the floor plan for your pole barn.

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3 Economical Benefits to Building Post Frame in 2021

Our daily lives have looked a little different over the past couple of months. Our living rooms have turned to classrooms and offices, we’re cooking dinner instead of dining out at restaurants, and people are getting seriously creative in finding ways to have fun at home. Even with social distancing in place, families and friends are connecting and growing closer than ever before.

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What’s the Importance of Pole Barn Wind Bracing?

Lately, it’s been incredibly windy here in the Midwest. However, this does not come as a complete surprise to all of us since it’s consistently windy year-round. With our ever-changing temperatures from day to day, it’s windier than not, and we think any Midwesterner can agree to that statement.

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What Are Our Most Popular Residential Pole Barn Sizes?

One of the most challenging things to decide when constructing a pole barn is how big or how small you’re looking to build. You can look at post frame galleries online all day to get an idea of what size you'll need, but that pole barn was custom made for someone else's needs in mind. Figuring out the purpose of your post-frame building will help you determine what size your custom pole barn will need to be.

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Can A Pole Barn Have A Basement?

We all know that Midwest weather can be a little unpredictable. Our seasons are temperamental and can change in the blink of an eye, most of the time without warning. It’s not unusual to wear a winter jacket then change into shorts - on the same day.

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Did You Know We Offer Residential Metal Roofing?

When you imagine a residential home, what exterior features pop in your head to describe it? Do you see a farmhouse in the country with board-and-batten siding and a large, wrap-around porch? Or, do you see a craftsman style home at the end of a cul-de-sac with large columns, intricate details, and an eclectic color scheme?

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COVID-19: The Effects on Pole Barn Construction

As humans, we don’t do well with uncertainty. We are creatures of habit, and the majority of us thrive off of routine. Knowing what to expect means we are prepared for what we need to do, so when something comes along that throws a wrench in our plans, we don’t know how to act at first. But, like anything else, we learn to adapt. We do our research, then do even more research, and finally, start putting a plan of action together. Before we know it, we’re total experts on the topic, and we feel fully confident in handling the situation.

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What Size Should I Make My Farm Building?

Farming is a significant job and, depending on the classification of farming, can require a great deal of equipment and machinery. Farmers have combines, tillers, plows, tractors, balers, and planters - just to name a few.  If you are a farmer or if you have ever been around these types of equipment, then you know they are definitely not small. The equipment and machinery in farming keep getting larger and larger, and the last thing you would want to happen is to run out of storage space.

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Pole Barn Insurance: 3 Steps to Take When Filing a Claim

You’ve probably always thought to yourself, “this will never happen to me,” and let’s be honest, who hasn’t thought this? Statistics say it happens to one in a million, so you can’t possibly be that one, right? But unfortunately, you are that statistic, and now you’ve found yourself reading this blog because it did happen to you.

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6 Cost-Effective Ways to Build a Pole Barn

You work hard for your money, so you want to ensure those dollars are properly spent. If there is a way to cut costs and keep the bottom line down, who wouldn’t want to take advantage of that? More and more people are looking to save their money instead of spending it all, and we can’t blame them.

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Are Pole Barn Homes Cheaper to Build?

Pole barn homes are currently one of the biggest trends in post frame construction, and we’re here for it. If you look up the word “genius” in the dictionary, you’ll see a photograph of the person who decided it was a great idea to build a pole barn with living quarters.

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Who Are the Top Pole Barn Builders in Michigan?

When the sun sinks beneath the horizon into shades of orange after a hard day’s work, there’s a place you can store the equipment used to plant this year’s harvest. Or, when it’s time to gather around the table for a home-cooked meal, there’s a place that will provide you and your loved ones with comfort, warmth, and an abundance of memories.

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Pole Barn Renovation Ideas: What Can I Do?

When it comes to renovating your pole barn, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest are constantly bombarding you with the latest renovation ideas. So, what should you do, and where should you start?

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Did You Know We Sell Pole Barn Kits?

There is a good probability you’re reading this blog because you are the ultimate “do it yourself” type of person. You’re known as the Chip or Joanna Gaines in your circle of friends, and those friends know just who to call when they need help.

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What Pole Barn Features Affect Your Snow Load?

It's Sunday, March 8th, 1998. The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and life is good. Winter has been long and dark, but in the air, there is a promise of Spring. The weather is tolerable, so you're outside prepping your lawn and garden for the warm weather that will undoubtedly be here soon. Just when you start to get somewhere, dark clouds begin to roll in and threaten a storm. In no time, rain begins to fall, so you inevitably head inside to stay dry — dang you, crazy Midwest weather.

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Who Are The Top Pole Barn Builders in Illinois?

In this day and age, it seems like people are more conscious about the decisions they are making and the products they are purchasing. People perform extensive research to ensure they are making the best possible choice before making up their minds. The last thing anyone wants is to regret their decision later on down the road - especially when that decision involves their hard-earned money.

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Comparing Pole Barn Steel: Morton vs Menards vs FBi

Post frame companies want you to purchase their product over their competitors, and the one way they can convince you to do so is to advertise their product as the best on the market, especially when they’re comparing the structural integrity and pole barn steel warranties of their main competitors.

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5 Different Ways to Design a Pole Barn with Living Quarters

When you hear the word “pole barn,” what do you see? Most people picture a red barn with a white roof, cupolas, and sliding doors for moving heavy machinery. It’s the epitome of a farm building in the rural Midwest. However, the latest construction trend is a pole barn with living quarters. Yes, you read that correctly.  You may wonder, “Why would someone want to live in a barn?” Nowadays, building usage goes beyond the realm of agriculture.

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Pole Barn Flooring Options: Which One is Right for You?

This year, one of your core objectives is to build a new pole barn. You already have the land and finances set aside. There’s half the battle that prospective customers face in post frame construction.

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

Our builder comparison for this week is featuring Lester Buildings.  Similar to FBi, Lester constructs buildings for farm, hobby, horse and stable, livestock, commercial, and residential buildings. They firmly believe that they set themselves apart from their competitors with these three things: A professional, collaborative planning experience from concept to completion Customization Value 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 Lester before you make a final decision.

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Pole Barn Garage vs Stick Built: What Should You Choose?

Do you have an existing storage shed or even two-car garage that is overflowing with bikes, Christmas decorations, fishing poles, an abundance of tools, or even extra boxes and totes that you don’t know where to store? It’s bound to happen at some point. Perhaps you’re looking for more storage space for that recently purchased (and still shiny) ATV? Or maybe you recently purchased an antique car and need the extra space for a three-car garage. If so, it may be time for you to consider building a new garage. 

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

Our builder comparison for this week is featuring Wick Buildings.  Similar to FBi, Wick constructs buildings for ag, commercial, residential and equine facilities. They’re firmly committed that the strength and longevity of their post frame buildings will endure the test of time.  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 Wick before you make a final decision.

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What is Pole Barn Snow Load & Why is It Important?

Being located in the Midwest, Mother Nature brings us all types of unpredictable weather, especially when it comes to the winter months. It’s not uncommon for us to receive a couple of inches of snow one day and then the next day it’s sunny with a high of 47 degrees. What’s also true about Midwest living is that we are capable of getting several inches of snow within a matter of hours. Do you remember the blizzard of 2014? That’s a perfect example of a snowstorm that started in the Midwest and worked its way east...dropping over 18” of snow along its way (in some areas it was much worse).

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What Size Should My Farm Shop Be? 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. If you think about it, this statement is also true for any big event, vacation, or large purchase that you might make during your lifetime.  For example, what steps do you take when you plan your family vacations? How do you find a compromise when half of your family wants to go somewhere warm and tropical and the other half would rather do something adventurous without leaving the continental United States? 

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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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5 Types of Pole Barn Porches: Which One is Right for You?

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 spot 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: Building a Man Cave or She Shed

It’s safe to say that man caves and she sheds are in style. Unless you’ve been living underneath a rock for the last few years.

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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 a 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 who 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 tend to pay attention to the surrounding neighborhood activity. It’s not uncommon for your eagle eyes to notice someone building a new house or post frame building. As you made the journey back home, one construction site caught your eye — a wide pole barn with 100’ clear-span trusses. You’ve never seen anything like it before.

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6 Ways to Finish the Interior of Your Pole Barn

You’re already aware that planning is the first thing you have to do when it comes to building a new pole barn or post frame building. Specific post frame building styles, such as a farm shop, retail building, riding arena, or hobby shop, will determine how long the planning process will take.  Generally, the bigger the building, the longer the process. You can expect a lot of back and forth with iterations of different floor plans and pricing options.

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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.

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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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Our Top 5 RV Storage Pole Barns in 2021

Rejoice, it’s officially summer! Warm weather is finally here. School is out. It’s the perfect time to take your 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 designing your post frame building. 

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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 around these parts.  As a professional Northwest Indiana pole barn builder, we understand the odds are somewhat against us, especially in the spring and summer months. Honestly, the pole barn construction business would be much easier for us if Mother Nature wasn’t so unpredictable.

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6 Types of Post Frame Buildings for Your Commercial Business

Are you interested in expanding your commercial business with a new post frame building? Maybe you're just getting started in the commercial industry and looking to construct a post frame structure. Whatever the reason, you've come to the right place.

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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 how to design your pole barn.

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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 construction is that it’s primarily used for agricultural buildings. 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 hardworking farmer interested in extra storage space for large implements? Are you a commercial business owner looking to protect your products or services from the elements?

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Pole Barn Construction Process: 4 Steps You Need to Know

Often, we have customers who call our office wanting a pole barn...and they want it now. In some cases, we can handle the job in a matter of days. Meanwhile, other post frame projects take a little bit longer to build...especially commercial buildings. Why? Because there are multiple steps that one must complete before construction can 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

What do big purchases (e.g., appliances, electronics, pole barns, and vehicles) have in common?  Warranties. Those written guarantees by manufacturers to purchasers promising to repair or replace defective products/services with a specified period. Most product warranties are available on the manufacturer’s website. So, where can you find your post frame builder’s warranty? Is it listed on their website too? Or, do you have to speak with a salesperson?

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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 people look forward to...nice weather! The days are getting longer, and the temperatures are warming up.  Unless you live in the Midwest (like us) because Mother Nature loves to play tricks. Regardless, you can finally start working on the long list of outside projects, such as landscaping.

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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 this world:  Those who go out and make things happen Those who sit and watch things happen Those who wonder what happened Since you’re reading this article about general contracting your pole barn or post frame building, there’s a pretty good chance that you fall under the “those who go out and make things happen” category. Sitting around and waiting for things to happen isn’t a part of your personality. You’re well aware that the only way something is going to get done is by going out and doing it yourself.

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7 Tips to Help You Hire the Right Pole Barn Repair Team

As a post-frame builder, we know firsthand that the weather is unpredictable and uncontrollable.  One day, our construction crews are erecting pole barns in the brutal chill. The next day, it’s sunny with temperatures in the mid-50s. Eventually, you become accustomed to the abnormal weather patterns and don’t give it a second thought.

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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 2021

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.  As Midwesterners, we know firsthand that Mother Nature can be unpredictable. We never know what type of winter she’ll bless us with until it’s here.  One day, it’s sunny with clear skies. The next, we’re shoveling our snowy driveways 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 FBi Pole Barns

Often, we have customers who call our office with the same pole barn questions. Frequent inquiries include: What is the average cost per square foot? Who should I use to finance my post frame project? How can I customize my building design (e.g., color combination and wainscoting)? Which structural components are covered by your pole barn warranty? Or, “I don’t live in your primary service area, but can you still build my structure?”  The list goes on and on. We applaud our customers for asking these questions. In fact, we want them to ask us questions. 

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3 Benefits of Building a Pole Barn Before Summer

Building a pole barn has been a goal of yours for quite some time. You already have acreage set aside to construct one of the following post-frame buildings:

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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 2021

Do you have more “toys” than you do storage space? I’m not talking about children’s toys either. I’m talking about your hobby toys. Like that bass boat that you fish on every summer, or the newest Polaris Ranger that you and your kids drive around every fall.  Maybe it’s in your plans to purchase a snowmobile, but there’s just one problem. You’re running out of adequate storage space. It’s bound to happen...maybe you just didn’t think it would happen as soon as it did.

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